Residents of Illinois who served in the military are often eligible for both federal and state benefits. Unfortunately, understanding eligibility and filing requirements can be difficult.Â
If you or a loved one served in the military and were not dishonorably discharged, please contact an experiencedÂ Illinois VA benefits attorneyÂ for advice on filing your own claim for benefits.
The federal government offers disability benefits to veterans who suffer from disabilities that were the result of or were worsened by illnesses or injuries that occurred while:
Those who qualify for these benefits can begin receiving payments to cover medical treatment, as well as rehabilitation costs, and household expenses. Disability pensions, which act as income supplements are also available to veterans who:
In addition to these requirements, the applicant must also be either permanently and totally disabled or be over the age of 65 years old. Veterans who are so severely disabled that they require regular aid from another person could qualify for the Aid and Attendance benefit, which is paid in addition to a monthly pension. These benefits are only granted when a veteran requires the aid of another person to perform personal functions, such as dressing, bathing, and feeding him or herself, or when a veteran is:
In a nursing home because he or she is mentally or physically incapacitated; or
Housebound benefits are similar to Aid and Attendance benefits in that they allow veterans to receive payments in addition to a pension, but only if they:
Unfortunately, veterans cannot receive both Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound benefits at the same time.
Illinois residents who also served in the military can collect additional benefits only offered by the state. For instance, Illinois sponsors the Veterans Care program, which provides healthcare coverage to uninsured veterans. These policies cover doctorâ€™s appointments, both inpatient and outpatient hospital care, lab tests, prescription drugs, vision care, mental health and substance abuse services, emergency medical transportation, and occupational therapy.
Illinois also provides eligible veterans with access to veteransâ€™ homes, which provide a broad range of services and facilities, including skilled nursing
However, only certain veterans are eligible to reside in these homes, including those who:
Many of the stateâ€™s homes provide services specifically to veterans suffering from certain kinds of injuries or illnesses, including Alzheimerâ€™s disease and dementia.
If you are a veteran, you may be entitled to benefits from the VA. Please call us at The Comerford Law Office, LLC at 312-863-8572 to learn more from an experienced veterans benefits lawyer.
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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