Veterans in Illinois who meet certain requirements are eligible to receive both state and federal benefits, including disability benefits, healthcare benefits, and in some cases, pensions. For help filing your own claim, please contact a North Aurora VA benefits attorney today.
Disability benefits provided by the federal government are only made available to veterans who sustained injuries while on active duty. These benefits cover a wide range of injuries, including traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, loss of a limb, tinnitus, hearing loss, and cognitive impairment. As long as a claimant can demonstrate that his or her injuries fall under one of the following three categories, he or she will be eligible for benefits:
Once an injury has been identified and diagnosed, it will be rated on a scale of 10 to 100% disabling. The amount that a veteran is able to receive in monthly payments to cover treatment, lost working time, rehabilitation, and job training will depend on the injury’s assigned level of severity.
Aside from disability benefits, qualifying veterans can also collect VA health benefits, which ensure that a veteran’s inpatient and outpatient medical bills are covered. As long as a medical facility is approved, a veteran receiving healthcare benefits can take advantage of a number of services, including surgery, physical therapy, orthopedics, mental health care, and radiology. While these benefits are generally available to all veterans, the type of care that is covered by the VA depends in part on a veteran’s individual circumstances. However, most veterans can expect to have access to preventive care, such as periodic medical exams, immunizations, screening tests, and counseling.
Unlike disability and healthcare benefits, VA pensions are intended to help supplement the income of qualifying veterans, which includes veterans who served during a period of war, have a limited income, and:
Veterans whose claims are accepted will begin to receive a monthly payment, the amount of which will depend on the severity of their disability as well as their income. These payments can also be increased if the recipient later becomes housebound. However, there is an exception for servicemen and women who enlisted after 1980. These individuals can only receive a VA pension if they served for at least two years, or the full period of their contract, one day of which occurred during a period of war. Finally, the veteran must be 65 years of age or older, permanently or totally disabled, a resident of a nursing home, or be receiving Social Security benefits.
To learn more about filing your own claim for veterans benefits, please call The Comerford Law Office, LLC at 312-863-8572 and a member of our legal team will help you schedule a free consultation with a dedicated VA benefits attorney.
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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