As November is National Veterans and Military Families Month, Daggett Shuler Law thanks all our Veterans and their Families for their service to our nation. The sacrifices that you continue to make are deeply appreciated by everyone here at Daggett Shuler.
In light of National Veterans and Military Families Month, let’s examine some of the benefits available to those who have become disabled in the course of their service. The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) provides an overview of Veterans Disability Compensation requirements.
Veterans Disability Compensation is a tax-free benefit paid by the Veterans Administration (VA) to those who have been disabled as a result of injury or disease suffered while on active duty, during training, or under other conditions. The VA assigns a disability rating to those who have become disabled due to service-related conditions. Depending on the severity, veterans may be eligible for:
- Priority Medical Care
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Specially Adapted Housing
- Adaptive Automobile Equipment
- State/Local Veterans Benefits
- Disabled Veterans Insurance
- Federal Employment Preferences
- Exchange/Commissary Privileges
- Clothing Allowances
According to the VA, veterans may be eligible for benefits if they have a qualifying condition and have served on active duty, active duty training, or inactive duty training and have a disability rating for an in-service, pre-service, or post-service disability claim. The amount of compensation awarded depends on the severity of the disability and number of dependents. Before you submit your application, a Veteran Service Officer can review your application to ensure the VA receives all required information. If available, attach the following to your application:
- Discharge/Separation Papers (DD214/equivalent)
- Dependency Records (marriage/birth certificates)
- Medical Evidence (doctor/hospital reports)
Comparing VA and SSDI
VA Disability differs from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) in how it is funded. SSDI is an insurance program funded by taxes paid by workers under the Self-Employment Contributions Act and the Federal Insurance Contributions Act. In contrast, Veterans Disability Compensation is not considered insurance. Instead, it is funded by the VA, rather than taxes paid by military personnel.
We Can Help.
If you are disabled due to a service-related condition, contact Daggett Shuler for help. An experienced disability attorney can handle all of the paperwork and details necessary to work to secure the disability benefits you may deserve.
If you have questions about disability benefits, or if your benefits claim has been denied, call Daggett Shuler at 336-724-1234. When you call, you will speak with a North Carolina Disability Attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to secure the benefits you deserve.
Daggett Shuler Law – You Can Depend on Us.