In Illinois, veterans and their family members have access to both state and federal benefits and government services. These benefits, which cover the cost of medical expenses, education, housing, and living expenses are often difficult to obtain.
It is critical for former service members who are seeking benefits, to speak with an experienced Carbondale VA benefits lawyer who can help them navigate the intricacies of the application and appeals process.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides disability benefits to qualifying veterans based on the severity of their injury or illness, which will be rated on a scale from 10 to 100%. Aside from being able to collect benefits for disabilities that can be directly linked to an illness or injury suffered during active service, veterans may also be eligible for benefits if they can demonstrate that:
Once disabled veterans have established their eligibility, they can begin collecting benefits, which cover the costs of treatment and rehabilitation, as well as lost wages. Many qualifying veterans are also able to receive free job training. When a veteran has a disability rating of no less than 30%, he or she can also collect a monthly allowance for minor children and spouses.
In addition to disability benefits, qualifying veterans can take advantage of the healthcare benefits offered by the VA, which include coverage for:
Only veterans who actively served in the military and were not dishonorably discharged can claim these kinds of healthcare benefits. In fact, veterans who served after 1980 also need to prove that they were on active duty for at least 24 continuous months or for the full period for which they were called to duty unless they suffered a disability while on active duty.
The Employment Benefits Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program helps qualifying veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain employment after discharge. Similarly, the Illinois Department of Employment Security provides help to eligible veterans who are seeking employment by providing job placement assistance and vocational training. Veterans seeking further education can also receive funding from the VA to pay for tuition and fees, monthly housing, and books and supplies if they qualify under the Montgomery GI Bill or the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
As a VA accredited attorney, James R. Comerford is well-versed in the issues facing veterans who are seeking benefits in Illinois. For help filing your own claim for benefits, please call The Comerford Law Office, LLC at 312-863-8572 today.
I contacted Jim after my first denial for SS Disability. He was referred to me by a good friend who had retained him for her Disability odyssey as well. My Disability case was somewhat difficult because I didn’t have a nice, large cache of medical documentation to back up my claim. Despite this and other complications Jim helped me get through my hearing and I received a fully favorable decision from the Judge and now I am just waiting to start receiving my benefits,
James is an absolutely great lawyer. He fully understands his area of expertise, he’s quick to answer any questions with clear, concise directions on how to proceed. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many case laws and government agencies helped me as his client better understand the case law and it’s ways. James is quick to answer emails and phone calls, and made me feel very comfortable. I highly, highly recommended James for his case law specialties. A professional and true gentleman, even when I would ramble on with worry, James was very understanding and able to put my concerns at ease.
Jim is absolutely one of the nicest, most compassionate, and intelligent lawyers out there. He is fast to answer any question with clear, concise direction. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many government agencies helps his clients in many ways. Jim is quick to answer emails and calls, and makes his clients feel very comfortable. Highly, highlyrecommended.
Jim is a good lawyer that helped us through a difficult purchase of our home(he also was the lawyer for the sale of our previous home).
We had quite a few issues with the details of the purchase with both the bank and the seller that James made sure were resolved as quickly as possible. When the selling lawyer would not respond to phone calls/emails Jim physically went to the lawyer’s office and made sure that the final details were pushed through.
I would recommend Jim as an attorney as he is very knowledgeable and thorough on the work that he does.
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