Veteran Affairs Disability Claims
Veterans are unjustly forced to suffer through an exhausting process to ensure that they receive benefits for their military service and injuries that have rendered their quality of life. Veterans do not have to suffer alone from injuries that they have incurred during the time of their service. There are little-known options out there that can help gain disability claims, further extend benefits, and appeal denials. The claims process can be tricky and is not common knowledge. Thus, it is best to have an experienced VA disability claims lawyer by your side to help you through it all.
Who is Covered by VA Disability?
According to the VA government website, disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least ten percent disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty or active duty for training. You may be eligible for disability compensation if you have a service-connected disability and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. If you are a surviving spouse of a disabled veteran, you may be entitled to benefits as well.
What Injuries are Covered by VA Disability?
You may be able to get VA disability benefits for conditions such as:
- Chronic back pain resulting in a current diagnosed back disability
- Breathing problems resulting from a current lung condition or lung disease
- Severe hearing loss
- Scar tissue
- Loss of range of motion
- Cancers caused by toxic chemicals or other dangers
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
However, the VA also covers more injuries that are not listed here.
How Do I Apply for VA Disability Compensation?
Before you begin the application process, you should gather evidence to submit when you file your VA disability claim. Be sure that your VA disability claim is filled out completely and contains all the necessary supporting documents or additional forms. You can either file your VA disability claim by mail or in person.
- By mail – file your claim by mail using an Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits (VA Form 21-526EZ). Send a hard copy of the completed form to this address:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444
- In-Person – Bring your application to your local VA regional office. Find a VA office near you.
Additionally, you can submit your intent to file the form in writing or by phone. If you file your claim online, you do not need to separately send an intent to file form, because it is already included in the online application.