Frequently Asked Questions
Many veterans want to know if they can receive VA disability benefits but don’t know who to turn to. Woods & Woods veterans disability lawyers have worked with thousands of veterans and their families. For help, please fill out the online contact form or call toll-free (888) 959-9908 for a free legal consultation.
How do you qualify for veterans disability compensation?
To qualify for veterans disability compensation you must have a service-related disability and not have been discharged under dishonorable conditions. Service-related disabilities can range from conditions such as loss of limb(s) to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), among others.
What branches of the military are eligible for VA benefits?
Military veterans in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard with service-related injuries or disabilities may be eligible for veteran disability compensation.
How do I apply for veterans disability compensation?
To apply for disability compensation, file an application online at the VA web site, at your local VA office, or at a VA medical facility. The easiest way to apply for VA benefits is to contact Woods & Woods for free help with the application process.
Is it difficult to obtain veterans disability compensation?
Yes, it can be. The application is a 23-page form that can be challenging to complete on your own. Along with burdensome forms, there is a current backlog in claims that has some veterans waiting more than 196 days for an initial decision- according to the Department of Veterans Affairs Performce and Accounting report released in 2006 . A veterans disability compensation attorney from us can assist with your appeal – making the process easier on you.
What does veterans disability pay?
The amount of the basic benefit paid ranges from $123 to over $3,100 per month, depending on your type of disability and number of dependents. Additional amounts may be available for severe disabilities, if you have a spouse, children, dependent parents or if your spouse is seriously disabled.
How long does it take for a VA disability initial application?
The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that 196 days is the average for the initial application only! Each Regional Office (RO) has its own waiting period. Some RO’s have longer wait times and some are fairly efficient. Many RO’s have reported having problems with backlogged cases.
Do I have to pay taxes on veterans disability benefits?
No, veteran disability compensation is tax-free.
FAQ About Veterans Disability Appeals
Why should I appeal?
You may want to appeal if you are unhappy with the decision made by your local Veterans Administration (VA) office. If you believe you have a disability as a result of your service and were denied veteran disability compensation or if your disability is more severe than the VA rated it, you should consider an appeal.
What is a veterans disability compensation appeal?
An appeal asks the Board of Veterans Appeals to review a local VA office decision.
What is the Board of Veterans Appeals?
The Board of Veterans Appeals is part of the Department of Veterans Affairs and is located in Washington, D.C. Members of the Board are responsible for reviewing appeals for VA benefits and making decisions on those appeals. Visit our webpage on the Appeals Process.
Do I need a VA disability attorney to help me with my appeal?
We recommend you hire a VA Disability Attorney! The government will have a lawyer on their side, shouldn’t you?
What do I do if I am denied veterans disability compensation?
If you disagree with your rating decision or are denied, you can file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with your local VA office requesting an appeal of the decision. You must send your NOD within one year of the date your local VA mailed you the initial compensation denial. This may be an ideal time to seek legal advice. We can advise you and help you file appeal paperwork.
Why should I appeal the VA’s decision?
- You disagree with the VA’s rating decision.
- You were denied compensation for an injury sustained during time served in the military.
- You were injured while being treated by VA health care.
- Your injury or disability has worsened.
- If you have been denied by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals you may want the peace of mind that a veteran’s disability attorney is handling your case. Failure to meet deadlines or complete complicated paperwork correctly could result in another denial and a lawyer can help ensure your appeal is filed correctly, completing all of the paperwork on your behalf and within the appropriate timelines.