When VA makes a determination that a compensation award is to be paid based on a claim, an effective date is also assigned.
Generally, an effective date for service-connection for a disability that is directly linked to an injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated by military service is the date VA receives a claim or the date entitlement arose, whichever is later.
The date entitlement arose means the date the condition was shown to exist by medical evidence.
Roanoke's location in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the middle of the Roanoke Valley between Maryland and Tennessee, made it the transportation hub of western Virginia and contributed to its rapid growth.
During colonial times the site of Roanoke was an important hub of trails and roads.
Effective dates can vary based on the type of benefit and the circumstances of the claim.