You served your country as a member of the U.S. Army and returned home to move ahead with your life, but your path forward has been more difficult because of injuries or illnesses related to your years of military service. Army veterans who have service-connected disabilities or conditions made worse by military service are entitled to apply for disability benefits with the help of a diligent attorney. It may be time to call an Army veterans’ disability lawyer for assistance.
About 3 million veterans receive disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), including vets of World War II, the Korean Conflict, the war in Vietnam, and the Gulf War, as well as peacetime servicemembers. We’re proud to say that our firm has helped hundreds of them.
Several types of benefits are available to Army veterans for disabilities related to injuries or diseases that developed during or were worsened by military service. VA disability compensation is a tax-free benefit. Service-connected disability benefits available to Army veterans include:
The amount of benefits a disabled Army vet receives each month will depend on the extent of their impairment and their disability rating. The largest proportion of disabled Army veterans are rated with a 10 percent disability. Veterans whose service-connected disabilities are rated at 30 percent or higher are entitled to additional allowances for dependents. You may be paid additional amounts up to $7,650 per month if you have very severe disabilities, such as loss of sight or loss of limbs or if you have a spouse, children, or dependent parents.
If you disagree with the rating of your disability, you can write a Notice of Disagreement letter to your local VA office stating that you want to appeal their decision. One of our attorneys can assist disabled Army veterans’ with filing an appeal and seeing their claim through the process.
About 40 percent of all service-connected disabilities are musculoskeletal problems such as chronic knee ailments and arthritis due to trauma, according to the VA. Other prevalent disabilities among Army veterans include tinnitus, degenerative arthritis, diabetes mellitus, and PTSD. The VA has recently broadened eligibility for Army veterans of any era to qualify for disability compensation for PTSD.
Army veterans who were not directly engaged in combat may still qualify for disability compensation for PTSD as a result of stress caused by fear of hostile enemy or terrorist activity. Army veterans who served in Southwest Asia in the 1991 Gulf War and who have PTSD, fibromyalgia (FM), or symptoms of undiagnosed illnesses may apply for disability compensation even if they can’t directly trace their injuries or illnesses to operations in Desert Storm or Desert Shield.
Many Army veterans suffer hearing loss as a result of repeated exposure to weapons, aircraft, vehicles, and loud industrial activities, thereby entitling them to disability compensation. As a Veteran’s disability attorney can further explain, many Army veterans disabled by VA health care also may be entitled to receive disability compensation.
Even if your claim for benefits was denied before, you may now qualify for disability compensation with the VA’s expansion of eligibility. An Army Veterans’ disability lawyer at our firm are skilled at helping former servicemembers establish their eligibility for benefits and can help you get the compensation you’re entitled to receive.
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