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Illinois VA Accredited Attorney

Illinois VA Accredited Attorney

Veterans who sacrifice their health while serving their country can and should be compensated for their losses. Fortunately, Illinois provides disabled veterans who satisfy certain requirements with monetary benefits to cover medical bills and other expenses.

However, the claim filing process is complex, especially for those who are suffering from multiple injuries, making it especially important for these individuals to speak with an experienced Illinois VA accredited attorney before submitting their claim.

Non-accredited attorneys are prohibited by law from helping claimants prepare or present disability claims to the VA, so if you sustained a service-connected disability, please call VA accredited attorney, James R. Comerford to learn more about your legal options.

Monthly Pensions

Although federal law does provide disability benefits to veterans, they are only made available to those who were injured while on active duty. Sadly, this means that many veterans who are suffering from injuries sustained while serving their country are left without access to coverage for their losses. Fortunately, Illinois residents who are also veterans can collect benefits under state programs, even if they were injured while training for active or inactive duty or while already receiving healthcare from the VA. However, even in these cases, applicants must still be able to prove that:

  • They have a service-related disability; and
  • They were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

Under Illinois law, veterans suffering from disabilities can also receive pensions if they:

  • Served at least three months of active duty, one day of which was during a period of war;
  • Have a family income below the state’s yearly threshold; and
  • Are over the age of 65 years old or are totally or permanently disabled.

Veterans who can fulfill these requirements can collect monthly pension payments to supplement their income.

Aid and Attendance Benefits

In addition to monthly pensions, Illinois veterans can receive aid and attendance benefits when:

  • They require the aid of another person to perform personal day-to-day functions, such as bathing, dressing, and preparing food;
  • They are bedridden, which means that they must remain in bed apart from a prescribed course of treatment;
  • They must reside in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity; or
  • They are blind or have corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less in both eyes.

Those who fulfill these elements can receive compensation to cover the cost of long-term care, including nursing home expenses.

Death Pensions

In addition to disability benefits, Illinois also provides death pensions to the eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans. To collect these benefits, a veteran’s loved one must be able to prove that:

  • The veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions;
  • The veteran served 90 days or more of active duty, at least one of which was during a period of war;
  • He or she is the surviving spouse or unmarried child of the deceased veteran in question; and
  • His or her income falls below the yearly income limit.

Call a Dedicated Illinois VA Accredited Attorney Today

To find out whether you qualify for veterans benefits, please call The Comerford Law Office, LLC at 312-863-8572.


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