What is a Comp and Pen Exam?

Based on the VA’s duty to assist a veteran, medical evidence is developed. After you have applied for VA service-connected disability compensation, you will eventually receive a phone call or a letter from the VA asking you to come to a Compensation and Pension exam (C & P exam).

A Compensation and Pension (C & P) exam is a doctor’s appointment where your disabilities get evaluated. Usually this exam is conducted at a VA hospital or clinic. In recent years the VA is moving to more private evaluators on contract with the VA. The doctor writes a report, which goes back to the VA Regional Office where you submitted your application for benefits. The C & P doctor is tasked with commenting on service connection issues or whether a disability is increasing in severity.

The C & P exam isn’t a treatment exam. What this means is that the doctor will not prescribe any medication for you or treat you as a regular patient. They are simply there to answer the questions of the VA pertaining to your claim for benefits. If you have a physical disability, the doctor will examine you, ask you questions, and, if necessary, perform some medical tests. The C & P exam can be intimidating and scary. We offer all of our clients our program that prepares them for the comp and pen exam.

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