When you served in the Coast Guard, you may have patrolled waters close to our nation’s shores or you may have been in far distant waters in a war zone. Wherever you served, as a veteran of the Coast Guard, you and your shipmates answered your country’s call to duty.
As a Coast Guard veteran, you have joined a long line of seamen whose service and sacrifice helped protect our country. If you have developed a disability related to your duty in the Coast Guard, then you deserve our nation’s gratitude in the form of disability compensation for your service.
Yet, Coast Guard veterans often find that securing disability benefits on their own is more time-consuming and frustrating than it really should be. For decades, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, have helped Coast Guard veterans obtain veterans benefits claims to which they are entitled.
Our disability benefits lawyers focus on working with veterans because we respect the service that veterans have given our nation. As part of our personalized service,we do not charge veterans unless we are successful in securing disability benefits for them.
Disability benefits are available to Coast Guard veterans for disabilities related to injuries or diseases that developed during active military service or were aggravated by military service. For example, Coast Guard veterans are at higher risk of developing certain kinds of respiratory-related diseases because of asbestos, toxic fumes and hazardous materials commonly found in Coast Guard ships and shipyards.
Coast Guard and Navy veterans who served aboard vessels that operated primarily on inland waterways and “brown water” rivers and delta areas in Vietnam may be eligible for disability based on the presumption of exposure to herbicide agents such as Agent Orange.
The list of vessels includes all vessels of Inshore Fire Support Division 93; vessels with the designation LST, LCVP, PCF (Swift boats) and PBR; it also includes all Coast Guard cutters with hull designation WPB (patrol boat) and WHEC (high endurance cutters) during their Vietnam tour.
Disability benefits available to Coast Guard veterans include benefits for:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Injury from exposure to toxic chemicals such as Agent Orange and hazardous materials
Traumatic brain injuries
Dependency and Indemnity compensation
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 benefits claims lawyer at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, can assist in preparing the appeal.
Establishing the right to disability compensation related to exposure to toxic chemicals such as Agent Orange can be a time-consuming process. But even if you’ve been denied before, you may now qualify with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ expansion of eligibility for benefits claims.
The veterans’ disability lawyers at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, are skilled at helping Coast Guard veterans establish their disability claim at every step in the appeals process.
If you believe that you may be eligible for disability benefits based on a service-related injury or condition, contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, today for a free consultation. We can offer guidance regarding your disability.
For our services, we charge Coast Guard veterans NO up-front lawyers’ fees. Instead, we work out an agreement in advance with Coast Guard veterans about what our fee will be if their benefit is approved. Typically, it’s a reasonable percentage of the eventual award.