It’s impossible to return from war unscathed by one’s experiences. Some of these experiences are so intense that they are or can become disabling, whether visible or not.
Many vets struggle alone with these problems for years, unaware that they could be getting government assistance in the form of medical or financial benefits.
One of the functions of the Veterans Administration (now known as the Department of Veterans Affairs) is to assist disabled veterans directly .
However, it’s not the VA’s responsibility to locate vets and offer that assistance. The responsibility of being aware of veterans disabilities and applying to the VA for compensation falls on the veteran or a caregiver. What does the VA consider a legitimate veteran’s disabilities for which it will offer compensation?
The VA uses a scale ranging from 0-100% to determine the level of veterans with disabilities. The veteran applying for benefits must have been on active duty when the injury or illness leading to veterans disabilities occurred.
veterans with disabilities don’t have to have happened in combat or a war situation to qualify. If a vet suffering from a pre-existing illness or injury that was made worse by military service than he or she might qualify for military benefits.
And if a veteran’s disabilities develop after leaving military service that can be directly linked to that service, a vet might qualify for military benefits.
Depending on the level of the veterans disabilities and the circumstances, a vet might receive compensation in several ways. If it’s financial, monetary payments are made on either a temporary or permanent basis to compensate for potential working income lost. The type of veterans disability here most commonly accommodated are:
While these are some of the more serious circumstances leading to disability claims, others have been filed based on hazardous waste exposure (as when assisting with the cleaning and closure of an older base), or chronic, debilitating injury caused during the performance of military tasks (back, knees, etc.).
If a vet thinks he or she is entitled to VA disability benefits, then they should start the claims process by contacting a VA claims process representative to begin the process of filing. The vet may also want legal counsel to ensure fast and complete filing.