Indiana’s military veterans render an invaluable service to their country. In return for this service, the federal government provides a host of benefit programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including disability compensation, healthcare services, and even life insurance.
Just because these benefits exist, that does not mean veterans receive them automatically. Indeed, many Indianapolis-area veterans find their legitimate applications for benefits are denied each year, often for procedural reasons that have nothing to do with the substance of their claims. One way to avoid such an outcome is to work with a qualified Indianapolis VA benefits attorney who can assist you with the application and appeals process.
The VA provides disability compensation for veterans who need help paying for treatment and rehabilitation due to a service-related injury or illness. This includes both physical injuries and mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. All injuries are rated on a â€śdisablingâ€ť scale by the VA from 10 to 100%; this rating is then used to determine a monthly disability payment, which is tax-free for the veteran.
In some cases, the veteran must prove a link between his or her service and disability. But there are situations in which such a link is presumed as a matter of law. For instance, if you were a Vietnam War veteran exposed to Agent Orange, you may be presumed disabledâ€“and thus automatically qualified for benefitsâ€“if you later develop certain illnesses.
Beyond disability, eligible veterans may also be entitled to some or all of the following benefits:
In addition to federal benefits offered by the VA, the State of Indiana offers a wide range of services to Indianapolis-area veterans and their families. If you would like more information about these programs, The Comerford Law Office, LLC, can help. Call us today by phone, or contact us by email, to schedule a free consultation.
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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