Disabled veterans ARE entitled to benefits. Here’s what you need to know to qualify
Did you know, as a veteran of the United States Armed Forces you may be eligible for disability benefits provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) if you are injured or sick as a result of your service in the military?
What are Veterans Disability Benefits?
Veterans disability benefits are monthly monetary payments that a disabled veteran receives from the United States government. This governmental group is known as the Veterans Benefits Administration, which is a division of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The amount that a veteran receives is dependent on the severity of disability that the veteran suffers from. The VA allocates disability from 10% disabled up to 100% disabled. These payments are 100% tax exempt. In addition to monetary benefits, veterans are eligible for free medical and rehabilitative treatment.
To apply for these benefits a veteran must be diagnosed with a disease or disability, such as Parkinson’s disease, musculoskeletal disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. The veteran must have suffered an incident that caused him or her to be affected by the disease or disability. The veteran must also prove that the disability is service related. This means that the veteran must prove that what happened to them while they were serving our country was the cause of their disability. This can be the most challenging of the three-pronged test and may require vast amounts of both medical and service-related records.
Low income disabled veterans, whose disabilities are not related to their service or veterans older than65 years may be eligible for a veteran’s pension. This is a needs based system similar to Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To be eligible, veterans must have served at least 90 days on active service and at least one day during war time.
Veterans who wish to apply for disability benefits may choose to have an attorney represent them through the complex bureaucratic maze. If you choose to be represented, your attorney cannot charge you a fee unless you are first denied benefits and later awarded them.