Veteran's DisabilityWednesday, April 10, 2013
Over 45% of the 1.6 million veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are currently seeking VA compensation for service connected injuries and disabilities.
Returning veterans may be eligible to receive numerous benefits pertaining to injuries sustained while in the service. Disability Compensation is a tax-free monetary benefit that may be received by Veterans who have been disabled as a result of an injury or illness that has been caused by or aggravated as a result of military service. Post-service disabilities may also be covered should they be deemed related to military service. Those suffering from physical as well as mental conditions may be eligible. In order to receive benefits, you must have been separated or discharged under circumstances that are not dishonorable. The affliction must also have left you at least 10% disabled. If the incident occurred during inactive duty for training, the disability must have resulted from heart attack or stroke. Medical evidence, as well as evidence linking the disability to the nature of your duty must be presented.
Under the following circumstances, it may be presumed that the affliction involves your military service:
- Former prisoners of war
- Veterans who have certain chronic or tropical diseases that become evident within a specific period of time after discharge from service
- Veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation, mustard gas, or Lewisite while in service
- Veterans who were exposed to certain herbicides, such as by serving in Vietnam
- Veterans who served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War
You may apply to receive compensation online using ebenefits, or contact a local Veterans Affairs office. You should have ready access to your discharge or separation papers as well as any necessary medical and dependency records.
If you are disabled, seeking benefits and need an attorney to navigate through all the red tape, you should certainly seek out the assistance of Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco, LLP.
We take Veterans Disability claims such as:
- Total Disability Based upon Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and concussions
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Military Sexual Assault
- Severe Anxiety and other mental disorders
- Severe orthopedic disabilities
- Other physical disabilities
- Loss of limbs
- Severe facial disfigurement
- Loss of hearing and Tinnitus
- Impaired vision and blindness
- Agent Orange claims
- Service Connected Medical Malpractice