Serving Those Who Have Served Us

Veterans have served us and we have the responsibility to serve them. The Sawaya Law Firm has extensive experience representing people seeking veteran disability benefits.

Veterans must first file a claim by visiting The Department of Veterans Affairs at or calling 1-800-827-1000. If the rating decision is unfavorable, there is one year to appeal by filing a Notice of Disagreement. Once this notice is filed, it undergoes a review process with either the Board of Veterans Appeals or a review officer at the VA Regional Office. The officer or agent will issue a decision.

  • Service-connected compensation may be available for veterans with an injury or disease that was aggravated during active military duty. There must be a current medical condition and is supported by a medical opinion demonstrating the current medical condition is caused by service duty.
  • Non-service connected pension may be available for veterans who were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable, served at least 90 days of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war, his or her family income is below a yearly amount set by law, and he or she is permanently and totally disabled or are age 65 or older. A surviving spouse, child or parent may also be entitled to some benefits.

Please note a veteran may not receive both a non-service connected pension and service-connected compensation payment at the same time. However, the VA will pay whichever benefit is the greater amount.

The Sawaya Law Firm is Denver’s personal injury law firm. With over 40 years of experience and a compassionate team prepared to listen to your story, The Sawaya Law Firm is here to help. Contact us anytime.


Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.