For veterans who have served the country with honor, there’s nothing more defeating than a denial of benefits or compensation by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Our veterans benefits practice area includes legal support services for U.S. veterans who:
- Have had an initial claim denied by the VA
- Are already receiving some benefits but may be eligible for more through a rating increase
- May be entitled to additional “back benefits” for an older disability
The VA is designed to provide benefits to veterans who are disabled as a result of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service, or for certain veterans disabled from VA health care. Veterans with limited income and who are deemed fully disabled may be eligible for the VA pension program. There are also healthcare and education benefits available to veterans and eligible family members.
Most VA benefits are based on discharge from active military service for something other than dishonorable conditions. To qualify, veterans must have served full time as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, the Environmental Services Administration, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
While there is a wide range of disabling medical issues directly related to military service that might qualify someone for veterans benefits, some common conditions include:
- Combat wounds
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Toxin or environmental exposure (i.e., Agent Orange)
Veterans may also be eligible for VA service-connected compensation if they:
- Have a current diagnosis or medical condition related to being wounded or injured in service
- Became ill while on active duty in the Armed Forces
- Had a pre-existing injury or illness that was aggravated by military service
- Have a latent service-connected condition that became increasingly disabling years after discharge
If you are a disabled U.S. veteran or family member seeking information or legal action regarding a claim denied by the VA, the legal experts at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo, L.L.P. ® can help you navigate this area of law. Our advocates can assist with every level of the legal process, including an initial appeal at a regional VA office up to, if necessary, representation at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Contact us today for a free consultation. Our veterans benefits lawyers can help you start recouping some of what you lost while serving our country with dignity.