When an individual is injured during his or her time serving in the military, he or she is entitled to receive disability benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
These benefits can cover physical or mental health issues that stem from military service for individuals who were discharged for reasons other than dishonorable conditions.
The VA maintains a list of specific qualifying conditions that entitle veterans to receive compensation. Despite these being named as qualifying conditions, veterans’ requests can be denied for a variety of reasons. If you are a disabled veteran seeking the VA disability benefits you are entitled to receive, work with an experienced veterans benefits lawyer to file and pursue your claim.
The amount of compensation an individual receives through a veterans’ benefits claim depends on the severity of his or her injury or disability and his or her number of dependents. A compensation package can range from $133 to $3,400 or more per month.
Conditions that qualify an individual for veterans’ benefits include, but are not limited to:
This money is not taxed. Individuals whose conditions arise after they leave the military, but the conditions are directly related to their military service, can also receive veterans’ benefits.
There are a few ways you can seek veterans’ disability benefits. These include:
To receive benefits, you must provide all medical evidence, both military and civilian, that supports your claim. You must also submit records showing your dependents and your discharge or separation documents.
If your claim is denied, you can appeal it with the VA. Talk to your lawyer about this process.
In addition to disability benefits, a qualifying veteran can receive reimbursement for his or her travel expenses related to the injury or while they are receiving VA pensions.
For those who suffer severe injuries, like the loss of a hand, Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an available supplement to their regular benefits.
If you served our country and you are now suffering from a disability, you have the right to seek compensation for your needs from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometimes, this is much more challenging than it initially seems. For help seeking the benefits you are entitled to receive, work with an experienced veterans benefits lawyer. Contact The Comerford Law Office, LLC today to set up your free consultation with us.