Veterans Disability Benefits

The knowledgeable and experienced Veterans disability benefits lawyers at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, help our nation’s Veterans secure the disability benefits they deserve. One of the ways we help is by providing information about Veterans Disability benefits. On this page, our attorneys have provided brief answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Veterans’ benefits.

 

Please take a few moments to read through this FAQ section. For answers to your individual questions, please contact one of the experienced Veterans Disability Benefits attorneys at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law today. We provide free consultations. Call us toll-free at 877-526-3455 or use our online contact form. We charge you nothing until you collect the benefits you deserve. Our attorneys won’t take no for an answer.

Q: How do we take care of our military Veterans and their families?

A: The federal government provides a wide range of benefits to Veterans and their families. These benefits include disability benefits, pensions, education benefits, home loan guaranties, mental health and substance abuse treatment, vocational and small business services, medical and dental care, nursing home services and burial and cemetery services. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the services and benefits. Disability compensation is a tax-free benefit paid to a Veteran for disabilities related to injuries or diseases that developed or were aggravated by military service.

Q: What records will I need to provide when I file a claim?

A: A Veteran can use military service records, medical examinations and treatment records from VA medical facilities and private health care providers to support a benefits claim. If it’s needed to make a decision, a service representative will arrange for a Veteran to receive a medical examination.

Q: How long does it take for a disability claim to be processed?

A: The time it takes partially depends on the complexity of the claim. Generally, it takes an average of 12 months or more for a Veteran filing for disability benefits to receive an initial decision on his or her claim from the VA. Because of the Gulf War and military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of applications for benefits has surged in recent years. Read about the VA Backlog.

Q: Why is the care of today’s Veteran more complicated and challenging than in years past?

A: Medical advances have saved the lives of countless Veterans who may have died in the past. However, those Veterans now face a lifetime with chronic disabilities. About 35 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans file claims for disabilities, according to the VA. The claims filed are more complex, and they often cite multiple disabilities. In addition, an increasing number of Veterans who are receiving disability benefits reopen their claims because of chronic progress disabilities such as diabetes.

Q: How does the VA decide the level of monthly compensation that Veterans receive?

A: The VA evaluates each service-related condition by percentages. The VA must have evidence that your disability resulted from your military service. Based on the evidence, the VA assigns a disability percentage. Benefits vary based on the disability percentage, plus marital status and whether the Veteran has children or living parents. Here are examples of the VA’s disability benefits rates for 2017:

Veterans Compensation Benefits Rate Tables – Effective 12/1/17

Rates (No Dependents): 10% – 20%

Basic Rates – 10%-100% Combined Degree Only
Effective 12/1/17

WITHOUT CHILDRENWITH CHILDREN
30% – 60%30% – 60%
70% – 100%70% – 100%

10% – 20% (No Dependents)

PERCENTAGERATE
10% $136.24
20% $269.30

30% – 60% Without Children

DEPENDENT STATUS30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$417.15$600.90$855.41$1,083.52
Veteran with Spouse Only$466.15$666.90$937.41$1,182.52
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$505.15$719.90$1,003.41$1,261.52
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$544.15$772.90$1,069.41$1,340.52
Veteran with One Parent$456.15$653.90$921.41$1,162.52
Veteran with Two Parents$495.15$706.90$987.41$1,241.52
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)$46.00$61.00$76.00$91.00

70% – 100% Without Children

DEPENDENT STATUS70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,365.48$1,587.25$1,783.68$2,973.86
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,481.48$1,719.25$1,932.68$3,139.67
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$1,574.48$1,825.25$2,051.68$3,272.73
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$1,667.48$1,931.25$2,170.68$3,405.79
Veteran with One Parent$1,458.48$1,693.25$1,902.68$3,106.92
Veteran with Two Parents$1,551.48$1,799.25$2,021.68$3,239.98
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)$106.00$122.00$137.00$152.06

30% – 60% With Children

DEPENDENT STATUS30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$503.15$714.90$998.41$1,255.52
Veteran with Child Only$450.15$644.90$910.41$1,149.52
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$542.15$767.90$1,064.41$1,334.52
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$581.15$820.90$1,130.41$1,413.52
Veteran with One Parent and Child$489.15$697.90$976.41$1,228.52
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$528.15$750.90$1,042.41$1,307.52
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$24.00$32.00$41.00$49.00
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a)$79.00$106.00$133.00$159.00
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)$46.00$61.00$76.00$91.00

70% – 100% With Children

DEPENDENT STATUS70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$1,566.48$1,816.25$2,041.68$3,261.10
Veteran with Child Only$1,442.48$1,675.25$1,882.68$3,084.75
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$1,659.48$1,922.25$2,160.68$3,394.16
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$1,752.48$2,028.25$2,279.68$3,527.22
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,535.48$1,781.25$2,001.68$3,217.81
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$1,628.48$1,887.25$2,120.68$3,350.87
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$57.00$65.00$74.00$82.38
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a)$186.00$212.00$239.00$266.13
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)$106.00$122.00$137.00$152.06

FOOTNOTES:

  1. Rates for each school child are shown separately. They are not included with any other compensation rates. All other entries on this chart reflecting a rate for children show the rate payable for children under 18 or helpless. To find the amount payable to a 70% disabled veteran with a spouse and four children, one of whom is over 18 and attending school, take the 70% rate for a veteran with a spouse and 3 children, $ 1680.48, and add the rate for one school child, $186.00. The total amount payable is $1866.48.
  2. Where the veteran has a spouse who is determined to require A/A, add the figure shown as “additional for A/A spouse” to the amount shown for the proper dependency code. For example, veteran has A/A spouse and 2 minor children and is 70% disabled. Add $106.00, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran with dependency code 12, $1,623.48. The total amount payable is $1,729.48.

Q: My service-related disability has gotten worse since I received my disability evaluation. What should I do?

A: If you are not satisfied with your service-connected percentage, our Veterans’ benefits lawyers can file a claim for an increased evaluation of a current disability that has worsened.

Q: As the surviving spouse of a deceased Veteran, am I entitled to compensation benefits?

A: Surviving spouses may be entitled to Dependency and Indemnity Compensation if the Veteran died on active duty or from a disability related to military service. To be eligible for the benefits, the surviving spouse had to have been married to the deceased Veteran for at least one year before the death. Surviving spouses may be eligible to receive Death Pension benefits if the Veteran served during wartime. These benefits are based on financial need.

Q: Can I hire an attorney if I haven’t filed for VA disability compensation before?

A: Yes, at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, we help eligible Veterans from start to finish. If you haven’t applied for benefits before, we may be able to assist you with the initial application.

Q: I’m not a combat Veteran, can I service connect for PTSD?

A: Yes, a lot of Veterans who haven’t served in combat can qualify for PTSD. Non-Combat Veterans have to have a verifiable stressor that caused their PTSD, and it must be related to your time in service.

Q: Do you handle claims for Individual Unemployability?

A: Absolutely. If you’re unable to work because of your service-connected disability, it may be possible to receive Individual Unemployability. Our team is well versed with IU claims and we’re happy to help.

Q: Can you speed up my case?

A: Sadly, no we can’t. Actually, no one can really speed up your VA disability claim. However, our firm strives to be efficient and we have many safeguards in place to keep your case from slowing down further.

Q: Why should I hire Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law?

A: We’re not like other law firms. We are very thorough in our review process. Each case we accept goes through several reviews. Our team is specially trained to review each claim file in depth. We often spot evidence the VA missed. If you need an Independent Medical Exam, our firm has a network of doctors what we can refer you to. We also represent Veterans at hearings, and we offer outstanding customer service.

Q: Are your fees negotiable?

A: No, our fees are set and are non-negotiable. All Veterans are asked to sign a fee agreement once we take their case. The fees are made clear in our agreement.

Q: Can I hire you if I’ve been represented by another attorney or service officer?

A: Yes, our firm accepts many new clients who were represented by someone else in the past. The process is actually quite simple.

Q: Why did my friend get approved quicker than me?

A: When it comes to VA Disability compensation, there are many factors that contribute to the length of a claim. Your location, medical evidence, and even your disabilities can contribute to a long wait. No two claims are the same.

Q: Have you ever represented Veterans for Gulf War Illness?

A: Absolutely. GWI claims are very common and we have filed them for many Veterans. We can help you determine if you have a presumptive gulf war condition.

Q: Can I file for VA Disability and Social Security Disability at the same time?

A: Yes, you can. Some people prefer to wait for one or the other, but if you meet the criteria for both programs, you should pursue both.

Q: Can I get service-connected for a medical condition that is related to an already service-connected condition?

A: Yes. This is referred to as a secondary condition. If you have a medical condition that was caused by or aggravated by an already service-connected condition you may be granted benefits. They key to being granted is having evidence to link them.

Q: Will you request all of my medical documentation?

A: Our firm strives in providing the best customer service. Part of this service is requesting medical evidence from your medical providers. However, there may be times that we will ask you to assist us in this process. It is imperative that you communicate frequently with your assigned case manager in order to notify us of your appointments and hospital visits. Your medical providers and hospitals will not notify us of these visits.

Get Help From An Experienced West Virginia Veterans’ Benefits Lawyer Today

If you are having problems securing benefits, a Veterans’ benefits attorney at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, can offer guidance and help. We advocate for Veterans at every step in the application and appeals process and are experienced at avoiding roadblocks that can delay the process.

If you think you may be eligible for disability benefits on the basis of your service-related disability, or if you believe that your disability was incorrectly scored, contact the VA disability lawyers at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, toll-free at 877-526-3455 or use our online contact form. The consultation is free. We don’t get paid until you get the Veterans’ benefits you need and deserve.

When it comes to helping our nation’s servicemen and women, our experienced Veterans disability benefits lawyers won’t take no for answer.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.