The short answer to your question is that you should apply for veterans’ disability benefits as soon as possible so that you can begin getting the benefits you deserve.
However, before you apply for veterans’ disability benefits you need to know a few things, including whether you have suffered a service-related health condition, whether you are eligible for benefits, and how to prepare your application so that it can be approved.
Are You Eligible?
You are eligible for veterans’ disability benefits if you:
- Served on active duty, were on active duty training, or were on inactive duty training.
- Discharged for reasons other than dishonorable conditions.
- Suffered at least a 10% disability because of something that occurred on active duty or in training.
Special rules do apply if you were hurt on inactive duty training, however.
Be Prepared Before You Apply
Before you submit your application, it is important to have all of the appropriate medical evidence from your health care providers and to know how to complete your application form. You need evidence to prove two things:
- First, you need evidence to prove that you have a current physical or mental disability.
- Second, you need evidence to prove the connection between your disability and your service. Under certain circumstances, the connection may be presumed based on where and when you served.
If you follow all of the directions and provide all of the necessary documentation, you may be able to have your benefit request approved without going through the appeals process.
Don’t Wait to Take Action
You can begin protecting your rights today. Browse our free videos and articles to learn more about veterans’ disability benefits and contact an experienced veterans’ disability lawyer directly to discuss your claim and how to get started with your application. In our first confidential meeting, we will review your potential claim with you, we will answer your questions, and we will talk about the steps you can take next. Call us or reach out to us through this website to learn more at any time.
by Carl M. Weisbrod Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law