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NVLSP Makes VA Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) Available to Public

Released 8/10/20 | Tags:

VA Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs)

VA Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) are standardized forms used by medical experts who conduct examinations for VA disability benefits purposes. DBQs address a range of medical conditions and include check-the-box inquiries designed to elicit the information needed for the VA to make determinations on the issues of service connection and the proper disability rating for a condition. When completed by a private medical expert, DBQs can be valuable evidence used to support a claim for VA disability benefits.

In March 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs removed the DBQs from its website. The VA cited several reasons for removing its DBQs from the public sphere, including safeguarding against fraud. DBQs, however, are still an important tool that can be used to obtain medical information from private medical examiners to support a veteran’s claim. Information included on a DBQ completed by a private medical examiner is medical evidence that the VA must consider when deciding a claim for disability benefits. As such, NVLSP is making available here the DBQs that were previously available for download on the VA’s website.

The DBQs below were current as of March 2020. If the rating criteria for a disability changes after that date, the DBQs may not elicit all of the information necessary for the VA to properly rate the disability. In such cases, NVLSP recommends that you check the VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities (in Part 4 of Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations) to ensure that a private examiner using one of these DBQs supplements the DBQ with any additional information needed for the VA to properly rate the disability in question. Finally, because the VA may initially erroneously reject DBQs submitted by claimants, it may be wise to request that a private medical examiner answer the applicable questions on the DBQ in a different format, such as their own examination report or a letter.


VA DBQ Questionnaires

Amputations Ear Conditions Headaches Intestinal Surgery

Nutritional Deficiencies


Seizure Disorders

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Eating Disorders Heart Conditions Kidney Conditions

Oral and Dental Condtions

Shoulder and Arm Conditions

Ankle Conditions Elbow and Forearm Conditions Hematologic and Lymphatic Conditions Knee and Lower Leg Conditions


Sinusitis/Rhinitis and Other Conditions of the Nose, Throat, Larynx and Pharynx

Artery and Vein Conditions Esophageal Conditions Hepatitis, Cirrhosis and other Liver Conditions Loss of Sense of Smell and/or Taste

Parkinson's Disease


Skin Diseases


Back (Thoracolumbar Spine) Conditions

Eye Conditions Hernias Male Reproductive Organ Conditions

Peripheral Nerves Conditions

Sleep Apnea

Breast Conditions and Disorders

Fibromyalgia Hip and Thigh Conditions Mental Disorders

Persian Gulf and Afghanistan Infectious Diseases

Systemic Lupus


Central Nervous System and Neuromuscular Diseases

Foot Conditions HIV-Related Illnesses Multiple Sclerosis

Prostate Cancer

Temporomandibular Joint Conditions
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Gallbladder and Pancreas Conditions Hypertension
Muscle Injuries

Rectum and Anus Conditions

Thyroid and Parathyroid Conditions

Cranial Nerves Diseases

Gynecological Conditions Ischemic Heart Disease  Narcolepsy


Respiratory Conditions

Diabetes Mellitus Hairy Cell and Other B-Cell Leukemias Infectious Intestinal Disorders

Neck (Cervical Spine) Conditions 

Review PTSD

Urinary Tract Conditions
Diabetic Sensory-Motor-Peripheral Neuropathy Hand and Finger Conditions Infectious Diseases

Non-Degenerative Arthritis and Dysbaric Osteonecrosis


Wrist Conditions


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