What Does the VA Consider a “Service-Connected” Disability?

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What Does the VA Consider a “Service-Connected” Disability?

If you are a veteran, and incurred an injury or illness while on active duty, you may be entitled to disability compensation benefits from the Veterans Benefits Administration.

To obtain benefits, you must be able to prove that you were active-duty military (non-active duty can apply in specific cases), that you suffered an injury or illness incurred or aggravated during your military service, and that this disability persists.

What illnesses, injuries, or conditions specifically qualify as military service-related? Do pre-existing conditions prevent veterans from filing successful claims? Will the Veterans Benefits Administration consider your disability “service-connected”? These are some of the most common and important questions that your VA disability lawyer can help you answer.

What is a Service-Connected Disability?

A Service Connected disability is an illness or injury that was 1) caused directly by service; 2) incurred while in-service; 3) aggravated during service; or 4) a condition that was caused or aggravated by another service connected condition.

What types of Psychiatric Conditions are Considered for Service Connection?

The first psychiatric condition that comes to mind for the general public when thinking of service members is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  For example, VA estimates that 30% of all Vietnam Veterans suffer from PTSD during their lifetime.  Additionally, many service members are treated for psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety which remain unresolved long after service.  Finally, it is incredibly common for Veterans suffering from physical injuries to subsequently develop symptoms of depression secondary to pain.

With the help of a compassionate and skilled VA disability attorney, you can still file a successful VA benefits application in situations like these.

Talk to a Chicago VA Disability Attorney Today

If you have any questions concerning whether or not your disability is considered “service-related” for the purposes of VA disability, please call The Comerford Law Office, LLC today. We are here to help.

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