The sole purpose of representing veterans and their families struggling to obtain VA benefits. We also provide legal representation to the disabled and victims of personal injury.
While on active military duty, servicemembers can be exposed to a variety of occupational hazards that go beyond enemy fire. Even if you never served in combat, you may have been injured, developed an illness, been exposed to hazardous or toxic chemicals, or had some other event happen in service which may serve as the basis for VA disability compensation.
For a veteran to recover disability benefits from the VA, their claim must show that they meet the three prongs required to obtain VA disability benefits. First, the veteran must meet VA’s definition of a veteran for purposes of disability compensation. This includes both a minimum period of service, which may vary depending on when the veteran served, as well as a discharge other than Dishonorable.
Many veterans who suffer an injury or illness in defense of their country return home unable to work, which is a major reason why the VA maintains a disability benefits program. These VA benefits provide veterans monetary compensation in order to bring stability to veterans and their families. Unfortunately, many veterans are denied one or more times and may become frustrated with the VA appeals process.
VA disability compensation is designed to provide benefits to veterans who are now dealing with a disability connected to their active duty service. Below we’ll break down the three main eligibility requirements for receiving disability compensation, including veteran status, a current disability, and a relationship between your current disability and your time in service.
When most people think about disabling conditions that affect veterans, they think about physical injuries. However, many veterans suffer from silent afflictions including psychiatric conditions and other mental health issues. In today’s military, constant deployments and other stresses place servicemembers in situations that affect them deeply, even if they don’t realize it at the time.
As noted above, it can be difficult to prove all three requirements by VA to obtain VA disability compensation benefits. The process to apply for benefits and choose which appeal route to follow may have lasting impacts on your case.
VetLaw can take the lead in assisting you with pursuing an appeal and obtaining the benefits that you deserve. Since there may be a limited time to act in some cases, do not hesitate to call a VA disability lawyer today and start exploring your options.
The Veterans Disability Compensation Program includes monetary benefits paid to veterans of the armed forces who suffer from a disability related to their active duty service. These are non-taxable benefits that can be used for everything from paying a mortgage to buying clothes and feeding children. Veterans must be able to show that they meet all three parts of VA’s criteria to be successful in obtaining these benefits.
First, the veteran must have a current disability. Although this sounds simple and obvious, it is not always clear what a disability is. Some conditions are obvious, such as a scar or other visible condition. Other veterans may suffer from pain in one or more joints. This type of disability is often hard to prove, but the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has recently ruled that pain which results in function loss also qualifies as a disability for VA compensation purposes.
Second, you must be able to connect your current disability with your military service. Sometimes this connection is simple, such as when you broke your leg while serving in combat, and you have never fully healed. Other connections may not be as easy to show, such as degenerative disc disease which developed later in life from the rigors of military service.
Disability compensation is a monthly monetary benefit paid to veterans who suffered injuries while on active duty that have had lasting effects on their health. A VA disability lawyer can help you pursue these benefits by assisting you in filing pursing an appeal after you have been denied during the appeal period, or in filing a Supplemental Claim at any time.