This post describes the VA disability appeals process for decisions issued prior to February 19, 2019. Decisions received after that date are subject to the new VA appeals process.
In addition to the benefits offered to veterans by the federal government, Indiana residents also have the option of collecting benefits through state programs and agencies, such as the Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
For help filing a claim for benefits through one or both of these programs, please contact a dedicated Lake County, IN Veterans’ benefits lawyer who can assist you.
Veterans who served in the U.S. military in an active duty capacity are often eligible to receive monthly disability benefits, the amount of which will depend on their disability rating. These ratings, which are assigned on a scale of zero to 100 in increments of 10, are provided by qualified medical professionals who make their decisions based on:
Generally, the higher a person’s disability rating is, the more severe his or her disability is considered, and as such, will result in higher compensation rates. However, the VA also takes other factors into consideration when making these decisions, including whether a person is married or has children.
In addition to disability benefits, the VA also offers education and training services, which are designed to help veterans pay for tuition, books, and housing when furthering their education. While these benefits can be used to obtain traditional degrees, they can also be used to help veterans obtain on-the-job training, apprenticeships, non-college degrees, certification, and licensing.
In addition to being eligible for federal VA benefits, many Indiana veterans also have the option of collecting state veterans’ benefits, which include:
If you are a former service member and live in Indiana, you could be eligible for both federal VA benefits and state benefits, such as job placement, tuition assistance, health care coverage, and tax deductions. To speak with a dedicated Lake County, IN veterans’ benefits lawyer about your own legal options, including whether you should apply for VA benefits, please contact The Comerford Law Office, LLC by sending us an online message today. A member of our legal team can also help you begin the process of filing an appeal, or notice of disagreement with the VA if necessary. Initial consultations are offered free of charge, so please do not hesitate to call or contact us online with your VA benefits-related questions and concerns.