About Physical Disabilities and VA Benefits
Physical disabilities from military service are common among veterans. If you are a veteran who has physical conditions, you may be entitled to VA disability benefits. Veterans who have not been in the service for years can apply for VA disability benefits. There is no time limit from when you left service that you must apply by. The VA compensates veterans on a wide range of physical conditions. All active-duty branches of the military are eligible to receive VA disability benefits. Some National Guard and Reservists are eligible if they were activated.
VA Compensation for Physical Disabilities
Veterans who are eligible for VA disability benefits may be able to receive over $2,900 a month. Veterans who have physical disabilities may also be eligible to receive monthly compensation for dependent children and parents. The amount of money you receive from the Veterans Administration will depend upon your VA disability rating.
Lots of veterans who win their VA disability benefits are owed back pay. Your effective date will determine when you should have started receiving money for your physical conditions. Many veterans find that their effective date was years before they were approved VA disability benefits, which means they receive a considerable sum from the Veterans Administration.
Common Physical Conditions for VA Disability Benefits
- Acid Reflux Disease
- Back Pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Dental Problems
- Gulf War Syndrome
- Hearing Loss
- Heart Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Loss of Limbs
- Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
- Neck Problems
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Phantom Limb Pain
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep Apnea
- Sleep Disorders
- Spine Disorder
- Vision Problems
Physical Conditions Occurring From Military Service
If your physical conditions were caused by your active-duty service, those impairments may be considered service-connected and you may be able to receive monthly compensation from the Veterans Administration. To receive VA benefits veterans do not have to be injured while serving abroad. Your injuries could have happened while stateside as well.
Many veterans do not know about secondary service-connected impairments. For example, if John Q. Veteran is exposed to Agent Orange, develops diabetes from exposure, his neuropathy may now also be considered service-connected. Because diabetes causes neuropathy, it is considered a secondary service-connected impairment in that scenario.
Physical Conditions Worsened by Military Service
If you entered the military with a physical condition and that physical condition worsens, you might be eligible for VA disability benefits. Military service can exacerbate existing physical conditions. Many veterans entered the service with a physical condition, you are not alone. Carrying heavy backpacks, obstacle courses, and other strenuous physical activities have left many veterans with worsened conditions.
The Connection Between Mental and Physical Conditions
Many physical conditions leave veterans with excruciating pain that may lead to mental conditions. For example, suppose John Q. Veteran has a service-connected back problem that causes him lots of pain. The back pain and loss of mobility can lead to depression in veterans and that mental condition may now also be considered service-connected. Many mental impairments are caused by physical impairments. Unfortunately, many veterans don’t understand the connection between mental and physical conditions and never apply for benefits they are entitled to receive.
Hiring a Lawyer for VA Disability Benefits
Since 1985, Woods & Woods has successfully represented thousands of injured and disabled people. Our veterans disability lawyers never charge a penny for VA disability benefits help unless you win your appeal. There is never a fee for help with the application process. We offer free claim evaluations to anyone who has questions. We are here to help.