The veterans’ disability attorneys at our firm are dedicated to helping former servicemember claim the benefits they deserve from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). We work hard to make sure that veterans and their families receive all the compensation they’re entitled to. We are grateful for the sacrifices that veterans have made for our country, so we do not charge unless we are successful in securing VA disability benefits on behalf of former servicemembers.

About VA Benefits for Veterans

Monthly benefits for veterans can be as much as several thousand dollars, depending on the degree of disability, whether the applicant is married, and whether they have children or living parents. The VA will assign applicants a disability rating based on their level of impairment and award benefits accordingly.

Several different types of disability benefits are available to provide assistance to veterans who have served in any branch of the military. We offer experienced and professional assistance to help former servicemembers obtain benefits for service-related disabilities such as:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • Traumatic brain injuries; and
  • Exposure to toxic substances such as Agent Orange, nerve gases, and mustard gas.

Benefits for Former Servicemembers Struggling with Unemployment

Some veterans are eligible to receive increased benefits if they are unable to maintain gainful employment as a result of their service-related disabilities. Gainful employment is work at which non-disabled individuals earn their livelihood. The VA’s disability compensation program includes this benefit for veterans who qualify.

You may be eligible to collect compensation at the 100 percent rate if your service-connected disability prevents you from keeping gainful employment and your disability is rated at 60 percent or more. You may also collect compensation at the 100 percent rate if you have two or more disabilities, with at least one scored at 40 percent or more with a combined disability rating of 70 percent or more.

Under special circumstances, veterans may receive Individual Unemployability benefits if their disability rating is below the threshold. Also, if they have evidence of unusual impairment to their earning capacity, such as frequent periods of hospitalization, these Veterans may be eligible for this additional benefit.

Survivor Dependency & Indemnity Compensation and Widows’ Pensions

The VA also offers a monthly benefit to eligible survivors, including spouses, of certain members of the military service. To qualify for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), the veteran’s death must have been related to:

  • A disease or injury incurred or aggravated while on active duty or during training;
  • An injury, heart attack, cardiac arrest, or stroke incurred or aggravated while on active duty or during training;
  • A disability or a condition directly related to another service-connected disability.

It is also possible to collect DIC if the veteran was totally disabled from service-connected conditions when he or she died, even if there was a different cause of death.

The VA also offers pensions to a deceased veteran’s surviving spouse under certain circumstances. The widow must remain unmarried to receive the pension and demonstrate need. According to the VA, you could qualify for a widow’s pension if:

  • The deceased veteran was discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable;
  • The deceased veteran served at least 90 days of active military service and at least one day was during a wartime period. If he or she entered active duty after Sept. 7, 1980, generally he or she must have served at least 24 months, the full period for which they were called, or ordered to serve active duty and at least one day was during a wartime period. (There are exceptions to this rule.);
  • You are the unmarried surviving spouse who meets the age or disability requirements of the deceased veteran; and
  • Your income is below a yearly maximum annual pension rate set by law.

Contact Us Today for Help with Claiming Your VA Disability Benefits

If you think you may qualify for VA disability benefits based on your service-related condition, unemployability, or the death of a spouse who served in the military, contact our firm today for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer. We offer guidance regarding your eligibility and will fight for your right to the benefits you deserve.

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