How can I get VA Benefits – talk to a lawyer first. The process of obtaining VA Benefits can be confusing and many veterans don’t know where to start. If you have questions about obtaining VA Benefits, you can always contact Woods & Woods for advice. For help, please fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (866) 232-5777.
What are VA Benefits?
VA Benefits are for veterans with mental or physical impairments that are service-connected. VA Benefits are a safety net for veterans after their service to our country. Many veterans find obtaining VA Benefits difficult because of the Veteran Administration’s web of regulations and rules. The Veterans Administration makes many mistakes and often denies VA Benefits for veterans that are in fact eligible.
How can I get VA Benefits?
You will need to submit an initial application to the Veterans Administration. It helps to submit evidence that supports your claim when applying. Veterans will have to take a Compensation and Pension Exam, which can determine whether or not you will be able to receive VA Benefits. One way to get VA Benefits is to call Woods & Woods. We can help you through the application process for free. We will explain what you need to submit to the Veterans Administration to begin your claim. There is never a charge for helping with your initial application.
How can I get VA Benefits?
To be eligible for VA Benefits, a veteran must have been considered active duty. You must also have a service-connected impairment. That means that your impairment was caused by your active duty service, or that it was worsened by your active duty service. You must also have separated or been discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions.
How much do VA Benefits pay monthly?
The amount of the basic benefit paid ranges from $123 to over $3,100 per month, depending on your type of disability and number of dependents. Additional amounts may be available for severe disabilities, if you have a spouse, children, dependent parents or if your spouse is seriously disabled.
What conditions qualify me for VA Benefits?
Physical and mental impairments that were caused by your active-duty service will be eligible for VA Benefits. Veterans on average file eight to nine ailments on the VA Benefits application. Many veterans are under the impression that your impairment had to be caused while serving abroad; that is plain wrong. If your injury occurred on a military base, you may be eligible for VA Benefits.
Can I still get VA Benefits if I applied before?
If you were previously denied VA Disability benefits, you may be able to appeal. Veterans who were denied VA Disability Benefits have one year to appeal that decision. If it has been longer than one year since your denial, you can re-apply for VA Disability Benefits. That means you will have to submit a new initial application and begin the VA Disability Benefits process over.
Read More: How to appeal a denial from the Veterans Administration.
What if I can’t work anymore?
There are roughly 573,000 unemployed veterans in America and there is help for veterans that cannot obtain or keep gainful employment. Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits are for veterans that have trouble obtaining or keeping jobs because of mental or physical impairments. Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefits come from the Veterans Administration. TDIU benefits payments are made monthly to veterans.
Read More: Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU) Benefits
Can veterans receive Social Security Benefits and VA Benefits?
Veterans can receive both Social Security Benefits and VA Disability Benefits at the same time. Many veterans are receiving their Social Security Benefits and over $2,900 a month from the Veterans Administration in VA Disability Benefits. If you were told by the Social Security Administration that you were not eligible for Social Security Benefits, that does not bar you from receiving VA Disability Benefits. They are two separate benefit systems and operate independently of each other.
Are there things I should know before applying for VA Benefits?
- Make sure to fill out the VA forms completely.
- Clearly state your medical impairments.
- Show how your injury is service-connected.
- Try to submit medical records.
- Take the Compensation and Pension Exam.
- Don’t forget to include dependent children.
- Contact a veterans benefits lawyer.
What if my service records are missing?
The United States has 21.8 million veterans and sometimes records go missing. The Veterans Administration loses records all the time. Luckily there are ways that veterans can receive VA Disability Benefits even if your service records were lost. Many of these records were lost in a fire in 1973 at a St. Louis warehouse where veterans records were kept. Some service records are just misplaced. You can compile your own service records to help prove your claim.
Will I receive VA Benefits back pay?
Your “effective date” will determine the day you should have started receiving VA Disability pay. If you are approved years after the effective date you should receive VA disability back pay from the Veterans Administration. Often, the Veterans Administration gives the veteran or family an incorrect effective date; many veterans and their families don’t even realize it.
Are there VA Benefits for widows and children?
VA survivor benefits are for the widows and children of veterans who died from service-connected disabilities or in a theater of war. VA survivor benefits are intended to help your family get back on its feet. VA survivor benefits can help ease this difficult period for you and your family.
Should I contact a VA Benefits lawyer?
Call us and ask ‘how can I get VA Disability Benefits?’ and we’ll help you get the process started.
Woods & Woods veterans benefits lawyers fight for veterans across this great country. Our firm was founded in 1985 to fight for injured people. We never charge a penny unless we win your VA Disability Benefits claim. When we do win, our fee is a percentage of your backpay and case expenses. If you lose your VA Disability Benefits claim, you don’t owe us a penny. That’s why thousands of clients have trusted Woods & Woods VA Disability Benefit lawyers.