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Veterans Benefits Attorney

LEGAL HELP FOR VETERANS SEEKING DISABILITY BENEFITS

If you are a veteran who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, you may be able to obtain disability benefits if you have an injury or illness that came about during your period of active duty. You may also be able to obtain these benefits if you had a pre-existing condition that was made worse by your active military service, or if it was made worse by medical treatment that you received from the Veterans' Administration (VA). Unfortunately, the process of applying for these benefits is not always an easy proposition. Disability claims require extensive paperwork, including medical records and service records, and even then they are frequently denied. However, you may have a much stronger chance of successfully filing a claim for veterans' benefits if you are being represented by a veterans benefits attorney.

The Federal Practice Group possesses over 100 years of combined legal experience, and has successfully assisted countless individuals in their veterans' benefits cases. We believe that those individuals who have served our country deserve to be taken care of in the event that they have been harmed in the course of performing their duties, and we work aggressively on their behalf to see that their rights are upheld. Our firm is available to assist you in filing your benefits claim, and we will provide you with support throughout the process in order to increase the likelihood of your claim being approved.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR VETERANS BENEFITS

A person who is seeking veterans' benefits must first be recognized as a "veteran". This is defined by the VA as an individual who actively served in the military, air, or naval services, and was discharged in a manner other than dishonorable. If the person qualifies as a veteran under the VA's definition, they must meet three conditions in order to receive disability benefits:

  • They must have a current disability that has been formally diagnosed by a licensed medical practitioner
  • They must have been injured or made ill while actively serving in the armed forces
  • Their current disability must qualify as "service connected," meaning that the disability is related to their time in active duty

Additionally, the veteran must have been discharged honorably. If an servicemember has been discharged with a less than honorable characterization of service, such as an other than honorable, then the veteran must show that his or her service was not “dishonorable” under the requirements of 38 C.F.R. 3.12. These requirements can be confusing, and the information needed to prove honorable service can seem daunting. If you have been denied benefits because your service has not be classified as honorable, it is important to contact a military attorney who can help preserve the benefits you fought for.

Contact a veterans benefits lawyer who can provide you with professional legal assistance in your pursuit to successfully file a claim for veteran's benefits.