The core value of the U.S. Air Force is “service before self,” and as an Air Force veteran, you understand the deeper meaning of those words. You know the Airman’s Creed that you will defend your country with your life and never leave an Airman behind. Now that you are an Air Force veteran, you may need a helping hand yourself if you have developed a disability related to your years of USAF service.
Whether you were an enlisted flyer, enlisted grounds crew or an officer, you may be entitled to several types of benefits available to Air Force veterans for disabilities related to injuries or diseases developed during active military service. For example, many USAF veterans have noise-induced hearing loss from working around aircraft and jet engines.
Gulf War Air Force veterans are more likely to have multiple health symptoms including fatigue, mood changes, and muscle aches and pains, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensates honorably discharged Airmen for any ratable medical disability incurred or aggravated during military service. Those Air Force veterans whose disability is combat-related may be entitled to special compensation.
Disability benefits available to Air Force veterans include benefits for:
The basic disability benefit ranges from $123 to $2,613 per month, depending on the extent of the disability and the disability rating. If you disagree with the rating of your disability, you can write a letter to your local VA stating that you disagree with the rating decision and want to appeal. A veterans’ disability lawyer at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, can assist in preparing the appeal.
For decades, we have helped Air Force veterans obtain the disability benefits to which they are entitled. We focus on working with veterans because we respect the service and sacrifice that veterans have given our nation. As part of our personalized service, we do not charge veterans unless we are successful in securing their disability benefits.