You served your country well. You expected that your experience in the service would change you and that life would be different when you returned home—but you couldn’t have predicted the disability that you would have to live with or the financial impact that your disability would have on your civilian life.
As a United States veteran, you have taken care of your country and now it is time for your country to help you by providing you with the fair veterans disability benefits that you earned through your service. Before you apply, however, there are some things that you should know so that you can protect your rights and get the full benefits to which you are legally entitled.
Veterans Disability Eligibility
If you served in any branch of the military at any time then you may be eligible for veterans disability benefits if you can prove that:
- You were hurt, or you aggravated an existing injury or illness, during active military service.
- You have a current physical or mental disability because of your service injury or illness.
- You were discharged for conditions that were not dishonorable.
If you can meet these three criteria then you may be eligible for benefits. Some of the specific conditions that may result in a finding of eligibility include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Hearing loss
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Knee problems
- Back problems
- Neck problems
- Paralysis of the sciatic nerve
- Ankle problems
- Arthritis of the spine
- Sexual abuse or trauma
- Agent Orange exposure illnesses
- Heart disease
- Gulf War Syndrome
- Eye injuries or vision problems
Even if you do not have a condition on this list, you may still be eligible for benefits. However, in order to get the benefits that you deserve, you will have to take action.
How to Apply for Veterans Disability Benefits
You can apply for veterans disability benefits online or at a local Veterans’ Affairs (VA) office in North Carolina. In order to apply, you will need:
- An application form
- Supporting medical evidence
- Marriage certificates and birth certificates if you are seeking benefits for your spouse or children
- Discharge paperwork
If the VA finds that you are eligible for veterans disability benefits, then the amount of your monthly benefits will be based on your percentage of disability. For example, someone who is 60 percent disabled will receive more in monthly benefits than someone who is 30 percent disabled. Additionally, someone with a spouse and children may be eligible for more benefits than someone who is single and has no children.
What Happens If a Veterans Disability Claim Is Denied
Sometimes, valid veterans disability claims are denied by the VA. If this happens to you, then you will need to file a Notice of Disagreement with the VA within one year. You will need to explain the specific parts of the VA’s decision with which you disagree and you will need to explain why the VA was wrong. This process can be complicated and time-consuming, but if you are disabled, then it is also important.
How a Veterans Disability Lawyer Can Help You
Whether you are filing your initial application for veterans disability benefits or you are filing an appeal, our experienced North Carolina VA disability benefits lawyers are here to help you get the fair benefits that you’ve earned.
We respect what you have done for our country and we want to see you treated fairly. Accordingly, we will take the time to understand your disability and we will communicate the extent of your disability to the VA where we will advocate for your fair recovery of benefits.
Contact us today, via this website or by phone, to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced VA disability lawyer. We would be pleased to welcome you in our Raleigh, Fayetteville, Dunn, or Clinton office or we would be happy to come to your home or hospital room to help you understand your rights and to provide you with the necessary information to make informed decisions about your future.