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 www.benefits.va.gov 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.
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