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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