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 disability compensation for service-related injuries, the VA also offers eligible veterans access to health care services, vocational training, counseling services, housing assistance, and tuition assistance.
To find out whether you qualify for some or all of these benefits, or for assistance appealing a denial, please contact an experienced Northwest Indiana veterans benefits attorney for assistance.
The VA provides eligible veterans with access to a comprehensive medical benefits package, which includes not only primary care but also:
To qualify for these benefits, a veteran must be able to demonstrate that he or she served in the active military, air, or naval service and was separated under non-dishonorable conditions. Furthermore, if a veteran enlisted or entered active duty after 1980 or 1981 respectively, he or she must also be able to provide proof of service for at least 24 continuous months or the full period for which he or she was called.
In addition to these benefits, the VA also provides mental health services to veterans who served in combat zones and their family members. This includes access to no-cost counseling, referral services, and outreach, all of which are aimed to help veterans and their families adjust to life after deployment. Assisted living and home health services are also offered to eligible veterans seeking short and long-stay services, home or community-based services, respite care, or family support services.
Besides access to health care, the VA also offers certain veterans monthly compensation for their service-connected disabilities, medical conditions, and injuries. To qualify for this benefit, applicants must be able to provide evidence that:
To help demonstrate their claim, applicants should have copies of their discharge or separation papers, as well as their service treatment records, supporting statements, and private hospital or medical provider records.
Once their disability has been established, injured veterans will receive a rating, which will be determined by calculating the severity of the disability in light of a VA medical examination and military records submitted by the veteran. Qualifying veterans will then receive a monthly payment to help make up for any economic loss resulting from a service-connected illness or injury. Veterans with spouses and dependent children may also be eligible to receive additional compensation.
For help with your own veterans’ benefits claim, please contact dedicated veterans’ benefits attorney James R. Comerford at The Comerford Law Office, LLC. Contact us today by completing one of our brief online contact forms.