Both federal and state law provides veterans with disability benefits, access to healthcare programs, and pensions. However, before a veteran can begin collecting these benefits, he or she must go through a complicated application process.
If you believe that you might qualify for veterans benefits and live in Chicago Heights, you should contact an experienced VA benefits attorney who can ensure that your claim is filed properly and on time.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provides qualifying veterans with a wide range of healthcare services, benefits, and programs. These benefits include access to the following services:
In addition to these benefits, veterans who served in combat zones have access to free counseling, referral services, and outreach programs, all of which are also available to their family members.
Before veterans can begin receiving these benefits, they must be able to demonstrate that they were not dishonorably discharged and also served in the active military. The only exception to this rule applies to veterans who enlisted after the fall of 1980 or who entered active duty after the fall of 1981, as these individuals must also prove that they served at least 24 months of active duty service or for the full period of time for which they were called to serve.
Aside from healthcare benefits, some veterans also qualify for monthly pensions. Under federal law, the only veterans who can collect these payments are those who were injured while on active duty, which means that many veterans who suffered injuries while not on active duty are left without monetary assistance. Fortunately, Illinois veterans can collect disability pensions even if they were not injured while on active duty, but while:
However, even Illinois veterans are required to prove that their disability is service-related and that they were not dishonorably discharged before they will begin receiving payments.
In addition to health-related benefits and services, the VA offers veterans and their families help when transitioning to post-service life. For instance, disabled veterans who seek further education could receive assistance with paying for tuition, books, supplies, and housing through the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. Similarly, the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI bills help veterans earn traditional and non-college degrees, pay for licensing and certification, and obtain on-the-job training and apprenticeships.
As a VA accredited attorney, James R. Comerford is well-versed in the issues facing veterans and their families who seek benefits once they have completed their military duty. For help filing your own claim or filing a Form 9, please call The Comerford Law Office, LLC at 312-863-8572. Initial consultations are offered free of charge, so please do not hesitate to call or contact us online 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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