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Willful Misconduct?

Has the VA denied your claim citing “willful misconduct?”  What does that mean and why won’t they pay your claim?

When the VA says that your injury was caused by your willful misconduct, they are saying that it involved an act of conscious wrongdoing or a known prohibited act.  Fortunately, there is a presumption that any in-service injury or illness is not the result of willful misconduct.  This means that if the VA is going to try to deny your claim, they must prove that it was, in fact, willful misconduct.

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