Am I Eligible for Veterans’ Disability?
December 6, 2019
Currently, there are approximately 675,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that have been granted disability. Veterans who are granted disability have a better quality of life and are able to better care for their needs.
If you are a U.S. Armed Forces veteran who is suffering from an injury or disease that occurred during service, you may be eligible to receive benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Common Types of Disabilities Experienced by Veterans
Many times, veterans that have experienced some type of trauma, whether mental or physical, are unable to work or perform in their daily lives. Some common types of disabilities include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Tinnitus or ringing in the ears
- Hearing loss
- Lumbosacral strain or lower back pain
- Paralysis of sciatic nerve
- Migraine headaches
- Diabetes mellitus
- Lack of flexibility in joints
Eligibility for Veteran Disability Benefits
In order for to be considered for veteran disability benefits, you must meet a few basic requirements. These include, you must be:
- A veteran of the U.S. military service
- An active service member with approaching discharge between 180 and 60 days through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge program
- An active military member within 60 days of approaching discharge through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge program Quick Start process
- Diagnosed by a medical professional with a disease or disability
- Able to prove the disability occurred during active service or be connected to time serving
Reasons for Ineligibility for Disabled Veterans
Not all veterans or military personnel are able to receive disability benefits. The circumstances that prevent an individual from receiving these benefits include:
- A disability or disease that was a result of a veteran’s delinquency
- Dishonorable discharge has occurred
- Injury occurred when the veteran was in prison or detained as a result of a court martial or civil felony
- A veteran was avoiding duty, such as deserting or absence without leave
Applying for Disability Benefits
The application process can be long and complicated for people who have complex disabilities. Forms and documentation will need to be gathered in order for you to begin the process. Many times, an initial application will be denied, and another will need to be completed. If you or a loved one has been denied, it is best practice to contact an attorney that can help you prove your eligibility.
If you are a disabled veteran who is interested in learning more about your eligibility to receive veteran disability benefits, want to file a disability claim or file an appeal, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We will fight to get you the Results You Deserve®.