In Illinois, veterans have access to both federal and state benefits, which help ensure that those who served their country can cover the cost of medical expenses, household costs, and treatment for service-connected injuries.
To learn more about filing your own claim for benefits, please contact a Cook County VA benefits attorney who has the experience and resources to help you through the application process.
While some VA benefits help cover the cost of medical bills and treatment, others are specifically aimed at supplementing the income of qualifying veterans and their families. VA pensions, for example, are available to veterans who served in wartime, have limited or no income, and:
Veterans who qualify for this pension will receive a monthly payment that can be increased for those who become housebound or who require the aid and attendance of a nurse or family member.
Veterans with medical conditions, injuries, illnesses, or disabilities that were incurred or aggravated while actively serving in the military are eligible to receive additional tax-free monthly benefits. The amount that a veteran can receive depends on the level of severity of his or her injury, each of which is rated on a scale of ten to 100 percent disabling. While federal disability benefits only cover veterans who were injured while on active duty, veterans who don’t meet this standard are not out of luck, as Illinois law provides disability benefits to a wider range of veterans, including those who were injured while on active duty for training or even inactive duty training. In these situations, veterans can begin collecting disability benefits if they can prove that their disability is service-related and that they were not dishonorably discharged.
In recognition of the sacrifices made by service members, the federal government also provides burial benefits to qualifying veterans. These benefits include a gravesite in one of the country’s 135 national cemeteries, perpetual care of the grave, a government headstone, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate. Some of these benefits are also made available to spouses and dependents of veterans.
VA burial allowances are available to the families of some deceased veterans. These allowances are flat rate monetary benefits that are paid to eligible survivors automatically upon notification of the veteran’s death. To qualify for this payment, a veteran’s surviving relatives must be able to prove that the veteran was not dishonorably discharged and that:
For more information on burial benefits, please contact our legal team for help.
Please contact us at The Comerford Law Office, LLC by calling 312-863-8572 to speak with an experienced Cook County VA benefits attorney who can evaluate your case.
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,
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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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