Of the 1.6 million veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11, about 600,000 have applied for veterans’ disability benefits after returning home. Of those claims, 53,000 have not suffered a severe enough disability to receive benefits while about 15,640 have been denied compensation altogether. Shockingly, although National Guard and reserve members make up 40 percent of military forces, they make of 60 percent of denied veterans’ disability claims.
Put another way, Guard and reserve members are four times more likely to be denied VA disability benefits than active duty members of the military.
Being a disabled reservist may mean fighting for your VA disability rights
No one is sure why National Guard members and reservists have more difficulty securing veterans’ disability benefits. Some believe that it is because they are often older, and some believe it is because they serve for a shorter amount of time on average, and yet some believe that it is because claims processors are biased. But one thing is for sure: if you are a Guard or reserve member who suffered a service-connected disability, you deserve benefits just like anyone else does. If you believe that your VA disability compensation was wrongfully denied, it is imperative not to give up on your case or assume that you are the one who made a mistake.
Texas veterans’ disability attorney
One theory of why National Guard and reserve members have more trouble securing VA disability benefits is that they do not take advantage of veterans’ services or get enough help when preparing or appealing their claim. At Morgan and Wiesbrod, we are committed to helping you get the benefits you deserve and fighting wrongfully denied claims. To set up a free appointment with one of our Houston VA disability lawyers, call us today at 800-800-6353.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.