Off The Record – Veterans’ Disability – Why Veterans Need To File for Benefits
Hi, everybody. My name is Janet Santeramo, and I’m an attorney here and partner at Turley Redmond & Rosasco. And I get a lot of phone calls from veterans and I’ll inquire as to why they haven’t filed sooner. And some of the most popular answers I get are, “Well, I didn’t know I could file until just now,” or you know, “I thought somebody else needed it more than I needed it.” And they’re afraid of the process. A veteran can file for any condition that’s connected to their service. They’d obviously have to be able to show a nexus between their service and their current condition, but they can file for any condition that stems from service and possibly a secondary condition that may be a condition flowing out of a service-connected condition.
Veterans that say, “Well, I don’t want to take away from another veteran,” truth be told, you’re not taking away from another veteran. There are funds that are set aside to pay veterans benefits. If you’re eligible for benefits, you should certainly file for benefits. If you’re afraid of the process, the best thing I can say is to find an attorney or a representative to help you navigate the process. Find someone who can do the heavy lifting for you, file that claim, guide you through the appeals process because at the end of the day, if you do nothing, nothing’s going to happen. And certainly, by filing a claim, it’s not going to put you in any worse of a position than you’re currently in, and may actually allow you to get not only benefits for yourself, but benefits for your loved ones in the long run. So if you have any questions or if we can be of further assistance, please feel free to reach out to us.