Let’s be honest, when has completing paperwork for the government ever been easy? Bureaucratic red tape isn’t made to be easily understood, and trying to navigate this system on your own can be daunting.
VA applications are notoriously difficult to complete, and even if you do manage to get through it, your claim might get rejected if you make even the smallest error. There is a unique process involved in how applications are evaluated and processed. Attorneys who are experienced with disability benefits for veterans nationwide can help you gather the necessary information and evidence to strengthen your claim.
There are a variety of benefits that you might be able to qualify for through the VA and other providers. For most programs, you must have been on active service, and you must not have been dishonorably discharged. There are other programs available with more stringent eligibility guidelines as well.
The VA has a rating schedule that breaks down veterans’ disabilities into categories. This complex system uses things like diagnosis and codes to assign your disability a rating on the severity and what impact it has on your life.
The less severe the disability, the lower the rating. Ratings are measured in 10 percent increments from zero percent to 100 percent.
How does this rating impact you and your claim? Your monthly disability benefit will vary depending on your rating. The higher your rating, the higher the amount of your benefit.
The VA has a chart that outlines the amount of compensation you may expect to receive, depending on your rating and whether you have dependents. The formula for determining a disability rating is extremely complicated and can get more complex, depending on the nature of your injury or if you have multiple injuries. If you disagree with your rating, you may file an appeal.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits or compensation if you meet both of these requirements:
Additionally, at least one of these must also be true:
For some conditions, VA automatically assumes that your service caused your condition– “presumptive conditions.” If you have a presumptive condition, you don’t need to prove that your service caused the condition. You only need to meet the service requirements for the presumption.
When you apply for VA healthcare, you will be assigned to 1 of 8 “priority groups.” These groups are generally based on the urgency of your condition, and help those who need care right away obtain healthcare.Your priority group also affects how much you will pay (if anything) towards your care.
Determining your priority group will take into consideration the following factors:
For more detailed information on priority groups 1-8, visit VA.gov.