For Veterans who meet certain qualifications identified below, the VA can pay Veteran Disability Compensation Benefits and/or Veteran Pension Benefits.Call us NOW @ 1-855-282-7243 to see if you qualify.What Are VA Disability Compensation Benefits?
Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.Who Is Eligible For Disability Compensation Benefits?
A veteran may be eligible for disability compensation if the veteran has a service connected disability and was discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Under certain circumstances a veteran’s dependent, surviving spouse, or child or parent of a deceased veteran may also be eligible for compensation. Call us NOW @ 1-855-282-7243.What Does It Mean To Have A Service Connected Disability?
A veteran must prove three things to demonstrate a service connected disability.
First, the veteran must have a disability at the present time that has been diagnosed medically.
Second, there must have been a disease, injury or event in the service.
Third, there must be a nexus between the current medical disability and the disease, injury or event in the service.
This means that the current medical condition must be proven to be related to or caused by the in service medical condition. The nexus may also be satisfied by disabilities that are secondary conditions, due to a disability that is service connected. Call us NOW @ 1-855-282-7243.Do Veterans Have to be Injured in Combat to Receive Disability Compensation?
No. Disability Compensation covers any conditions that came about while the individual was on active duty, so long as the conditions are not a result of the misconduct of the individual. Veterans can be eligible who hurt themselves in normal auto or home accidents, while exercising, or while engaging in other usual activities while on active duty, even on leave. Serving in the military is a 24 hour a day job, and Disability Compensation covers all those hours.Can Working Veterans Receive Disability Benefits?
Yes. Many veterans receiving Disability Compensation continue to work, as there are no prohibitions on obtaining and/or maintaining employment. Some difficulties may possibly arise in those relatively few cases where veterans assert they should receive the higher “Unemployable” rating and do continue to work. Call us NOW @ 1-855-282-7243.How Much Does VA Pay In Compensation Benefits?
The amount of basic benefit paid ranges, depending on how disabled the veteran is. For example, a veteran who is proven to have an 50% service connected disability would be entitled to compensation higher benefit amount that a veteran whose service connected disability was 10%. A veteran may be eligible for additional compensation amounts if the veteran has: very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s); has a spouse child(ren), or dependent parent(s); or has a seriously disabled spouse.What Are Veteran Pension Benefits?
A war time veteran with limited income who is permanently and totally disabled or is at least 65 years old may receive a monthly pension. The disability does not have to be “service connected”. The pension benefits are needs based, and the veteran must have limited income. These pension benefits are available only to those who served during a period of war. Call us NOW @ 1-855-282-7243.What Is The VA Application And Appeals Process?
The VA application and appeal process can be long and technical, and may involve many appeals and long time delays. It is important for a veteran not to give up when denied, and to seek help immediately when denied.
The first step is to file a claim at the regional VA Office. The address of the Virginia Regional VA office is: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Regional Office, 210 Franklin Rd. SW, Roanoke, VA 24011.
After the VA evaluates the claim, the VA will issue a Rating decision. If the veteran does not agree with the Rating Decision, the veteran may file a Notice of Disagreement. After the VA receives the Notice of Disagreement, the VA may ask the veteran if he or she would like a re-review of the case. The veteran may then request a hearing held by a VA hearing officer.
If the veteran still disagrees with the decision, the veteran may file an appeal with the Board of Veteran Appeals before an Administrative Law Judge. If the veteran continues to disagree with the VA Board decision, the veteran can file an appeal with Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The final two appeals available to the veteran are to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and ultimately to the to the United States Supreme Court. Call us NOW @ 1-855-282-7243.Does A Veteran Need The Help Of An Attorney In The VA Appeals Process?
The VA Appeal process is long, complicated, and legally technical. Often veterans are surprised and dismayed when the VA turns down their claims. As soon a veteran receives a denial from the VA, it makes sense for the veteran to contact a attorney familiar with the technical VA appeal process to obtain a legal consultation. The law firm of Geraty, Holub & MacQueen, PLC does not charge for such a consultation. Also, when the firm represents a veteran, here are no upfront costs. If the case is not successful, the veteran does not owe an attorney fee to the firm. If the case is successful, the attorney fee typically amounts to a percentage of retroactive or past due benefits.Does The VA Have Other Programs Which May Benefit A Disabled Veteran?
Yes. Disabled veterans found to be eligible for compensation may also be eligible for a range of other benefits.
The VA provides free medical care for every service connected condition. For example, if the veteran with a bad knee above needs to have knee replacement surgery, the VA pays for it. In many cases veterans receiving either Disability Compensation or Non-Service Connected Pension can also use the VA to receive care for conditions not related to their military service.
The surviving spouses and children of deceased disabled veterans may be eligible for various pensions and educational benefits.
Many veteran benefits have been created to care specifically for disabled veterans. Ha service connected conditions recognized by the VA may grant eligibility to other more robust benefits, such as:
- VA Vocational Rehabilitation to retrain into a new career
- The VA Guaranteed Home Loan Program has many benefits over traditional home loans, including usually a lower fee
- Increased options for long term care for veterans and surviving spouses
- Preference in government hiring
- Additional support in starting a business
Preference for disabled veteran business owners in obtaining government services.
Call us NOW @ 1-855-282-7243 to get expert advise on your benefits claim.