A veteran is defined as any “person who served in the active military, naval or air services, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” If a veteran is disabled, then that veteran may very likely be entitled to tax-free disability payments administered on behalf of the United States government.
VA disability payments vary based on a veteran’s marital status, whether or not the veteran has school-aged children, and whether or not the veteran is responsible for care administered to either one or both dependant parents. Furthermore, a wartime veteran may also be eligible to receive a monthly pension if he or she is permanently disabled (even if that disability is not connected to service time), is at least 65 years of age, and has a limited household income that labels the veteran as eligible for need-based assistance.
According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans are granted disability compensation based on their percentage of disability. That is, if it is determined that a veteran is 10% disabled, he or she will received an amount based on that specified amount of disability. For example, a veteran who is only 20% disabled will receive less compensation than a veteran who is determined to be 50% disabled. Ultimately though, a disability needs to be medically diagnosed, it needs to be determined that said disability was either a direct result of injury or illness sustained while in the service, and it needs to be determined that any current disabilities are in some way connected to and consequently caused by those injuries or illnesses sustained while in the service.
Often times, those individuals who proudly served our country are not afforded their rights as veterans simply because they are initially denied their claim and then proceed to abandon further action. However, an experienced VA disability attorney will fight for a veteran’s rights, seeking disability payment as reparations for injuries sustained or caused by incidents experienced by that individual while in the service. For their service to our country, disabled veterans shouldn’t have to suffer alone.
If you are a disabled veteran, don’t hesitate to contact the law offices of Steven H. Heisler. Our VA disability attorneys will provide you with the legal advice you need to successfully file your claim, or will assist you with the appeals process for a denied disability claim. Regardless of your situation, please call Steven H. Heisler today for more information and a free consultation of your VA disability claims case. Browse our resources for disabled individuals for valuable information about resources available for the disabled.