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FAQ’s About the Veterans Disability Compensation Process

By February 14, 2012 VA Disability

Every year, thousands of claims for Veterans Disability Compensation benefits are rejected or denied, even though a Veteran and his or her family deserves those benefits. Appealing a denial can be a complex process with questions about paperwork, rules and more. Let us help you through this process.

Q: How do I qualify for Benefits?

A: A person can qualify for benefits if they have a service-related disability and have not been discharged from the military under dishonorable conditions. Service-connected disabilities might include hearing loss, loss of limb, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to name just a few.

Q: How do I apply for Veterans Disability Compensation?

A: An application can be filed online at the, or at your local VA office, or VA medical facility.

Q: Is it tough to be approved for Veterans Disability Compensation?

A: Sometimes it can be. The application itself is a 23-page form, which might be overwhelming to complete on your own. Also due to a backlog in claims, some veterans might wait six months or more for an initial decision.

Q: What amount does Veterans Disability pay?

A: The benefits can be anywhere from $123 to $3,100 per month, or more. The amount depends upon your type of disability and number of dependents you may have.

Q: Why should I appeal an initial decision from the VA?

A: It may be that you disagree with a decision which says you are not disabled at all, or maybe you believe your disability is more severe than the VA has rated it. In either scenario, you should consider an appeal.

Q: Do I need an attorney?

A: We would recommend having an attorney to represent you. The VA will have an attorney presenting their side of the case, and so should you. Call our office today; we would be happy to speak with you regarding your claim.