Veterans suffer from hundreds of impairments. There is a wide range of disabled veteran’s conditions that may qualify as Veteran’s disabilities and warrant benefits such as:
- toxic exposure to chemicals
- traumatic brain injuries
- PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder
- other stress related disorders
- active duty injuries
Veteran’s Disability – Helpful Information
The VA offers two major disability benefit programs for service-connected disability compensation and non-service-connected disability pension. This means you were either hurt while in service or not. It will also make a difference whether or not you were injured in a combat area or during war time. Service-connected benefits usually pay a lot more and are not affected by other income you may be receiving. The non-service-connected disability or “VA pension” benefits are not retirement benefits based on amount of earnings and years worked. VA pension is a needs-based program for veterans with war-time service who are either totally disabled or over the age of 65.
In general veterans are entitled to disability compensation if (1) they were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable; (2) their disease or injury was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty; and (3) the disability is not a result of their own willful misconduct or abuse of alcohol or drugs.
Veterans found to be entitled for disability compensation receive monthly monetary payments. The amount of the basic benefit ranges from $123 to $1,673 per month, depending on the disability finding. In cases where a veteran has suffered certain severe disabilities, the veteran may be entitled to special monthly compensation which is an additional amount. Severely disabled veterans in need of regular aid and attendance or daily healthcare may be eligible for additional compensation.
Entitlement to service connection disability is never barred by employment. Substantially gainful employment, however, may prevent a veteran from receiving some of the higher levels of compensation that are based on unemployability. Substantially gainful employment is a bar to pension benefits, because the VA must find a veteran totally and permanently disabled and in financial need in order to award pension benefits.
Call Our Experienced St. Louis Accredited Veteran’s Disability Attorney
Mogab and Hughes Attorney Nancy R. Mogab represents clients who are fighting a Veterans Administration compensation denial or rating they received. The process can get very complicated. Ms. Mogab is an “Accredited Attorney” for Prosecution of Claims for Veteran’s Benefits and was admitted to practice in the United States Court of Veteran’s Appeals. Call our experienced St. Louis Veterans Disability Attorney Nancy R. Mogab at 314-241-4477 to get help with your case.
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