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You can expect a VA rating decision roughly 2 to 4 weeks after your final C&P exam. If it’s been longer than 4 weeks, pick up the phone and call the VA hotline at 1-800-827-1000.

C&P exams are often considered to be the most important piece of evidence in a veteran’s claim file. If an exam is incomplete or not conducted, VA is not fulfilling its duty to assist the veteran in developing his or her case.

C&P exam is an important part of the VA claims process. During the exam, the examiner will ask you questions about your mental health condition and how it affects your daily life. This helps the VA properly rate your condition, so you can receive the right amount of VA disability compensation.

A C&P examination is a medical examination of a veteran’s disability, performed by a VA healthcare provider or a VA contracted provider. VA uses C&P exams to gather more evidence on a veteran’s claimed condition before issuing a decision and assigning a rating.