United States military veterans who have been injured or made ill during active duty service may qualify for VA disability benefits. In addition, some veterans whose established conditions were made worse because of their service and some veterans who were harmed due to VA health care errors are also eligible for benefits. Those who became sick or disabled while with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard are all eligible for compensation – as long as the veteran can prove that their health condition was connected with their service.
Those who were dishonorably discharged will not be granted benefits, regardless of their disability.
It is not just those who are physically injured in combat that are eligible for veterans’ disability benefits. Former military personnel who were harmed in any way while on active duty have a right to benefits – including those who were injured outside of combat or who contracted a service-related illness or health condition. In addition, service men and women who suffer from psychological issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety may also apply for compensation.
The single best way of knowing whether or not you are eligible for VA disability benefits is to speak with a veterans’ disability claim attorney about the specifics of your own case. Call us today for more information.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.