As first reported on the NOSSCR website (National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives), the Department of Veterans Affairs recently released a directive which will help veterans get their doctors to fill out Social Security forms. The directive, VHA Directive 2008-071, sets forth a policy that Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers when requested, must assist veterans in completing non-Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical forms.
The Directive provides a list of forms that doctors must complete. Included in this list are Social Security Administration Examination Forms.
This Directive should clear up any confusion that VA doctors had about whether or not it was permissible to complete Social Security forms. Veterans should now be able to get treating source opinions from their VA doctors.