The Veteran’s Administration has set up three basic requirements for Veterans seeking benefits, and meeting these criteria is the first step in initiating a claim. The criteria are:
- Documentation showing the applicant has served in a branch of the military,
- Proof the service was “active” military service,
- The circumstances of the applicant’s discharge from the military.
It’s important to show the applicant meets these three criteria before beginning the claims process. Once status has been established, dependents and survivors can also apply for benefits. The VA claims process is rigorous and complex. If you have any questions about applying, an attorney who has focused on this area of the law can be of great assistance.
Other factors that will determine benefits for you or your loved ones are the length of your service and whether your service occurred during war time. These facts will affect the types and amount of benefits you, your spouse, or your dependents are eligible to receive.
There are special cases where veterans who don’t meet the first three criteria may still qualify for certain benefits. If you are unsure of your individual situation, an experienced VA disability attorney who is familiar with the regulations and the VA claims process can help. Contact us at 800-343-8537 or go to www.jeffreyfreedman.com