At Henson Fuerst, we believe that all members of our armed services, whether they are active duty, retired, or the family members of servicemen and women, are entitled to the benefits that were promised to them upon enlistment.
The application and appeals system for veterans benefits is backlogged, and it can take months, or even years, to get benefits. You shouldn’t have to wait. Call our North Carolina veterans disability lawyers today at (919) 781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form.
We Won’t Back Down
Our team of certified paralegals, registered nurses, legal assistants, and North Carolina veterans disability lawyers will fight for your benefits. We’ve been serving injured people across the Carolinas for more than 35 years, and we won’t back down.
Are You Eligible For Benefits?
Veterans disability benefits are available to injured service members and their families. The kind of benefits you and your family are eligible for depends on the nature of your injuries, your income, and other factors.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers benefits to:
- Injured Veterans
You may be entitled to veterans disability benefits if you have a service-related disability and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Certain veterans, such as those with severe disabilities or loss of limb(s); a spouse, children, or dependents; or a seriously disabled spouse; may be eligible for additional benefits.
- Low-income Veterans
You may be eligible for pension benefits if you have limited income, are permanently and totally disabled, or age 65 or older.
- Veterans Seeking Education
If you served at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, you may be eligible for the Post-911 GI Bill. If you are currently in the service and have served at least two years, you may be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill. If you are a separated service member, you may be eligible under other conditions.
- Veterans Seeking Housing
Generally, a VA Home Loan is available to you if you meet any of the following conditions:
- Discharged since September 16, 1940, under conditions other than dishonorable
- Military personnel on active duty who has served a minimum period of service
- Certain Reservists and National Guard members
- Surviving spouses of certain deceased veterans
- Dependents and Survivors
Your family or beneficiaries may be eligible for certain benefits, such as death pension, medical care, and educational benefits. Beneficiaries and family may include your spouse, former non-remarried spouse, children, and dependents.
Compensation & Pension Exams
When applying for veterans compensation or pension benefits, you must undergo medical examinations (known as compensation and pension exams) that are conducted by healthcare professionals—or “examiners”—with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
These exams are used to determine:
- if your disability is service-connected.
- if your disability was aggravated by military service.
- the severity of your disability.
After your exam, your physical evaluation will be used to determine your disability rating and your eligibility for compensation.
What You Can Expect
According to the VA, during your compensation and pension exams, you should expect the examiner to evaluate the condition(s) listed on your claim for benefits. The examiner may:
- ask questions about how long you’ve been disabled,
- review pertinent medical records,
- or order additional testing or examinations, if necessary.
The examination will not include any form of treatment for your disabilities or illnesses.
Depending on the number and type of disabilities you have, the length of the examination will vary. Psychiatric examinations or examinations for multiple disabilities may take longer.
Available Veterans Benefits
There are a number of veterans benefits available to you, but without the help of our experienced North Carolina veterans disability lawyers, you may be struggling to get the benefits you deserve.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), if you or your dependents meet the eligibility requirements, you may be entitled to:
- Disability Compensation
This is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases incurred while on active duty or made worse by active military service. It also is paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free. You can use the VA’s Compensation Rate Tables to estimate your benefit.
This is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income. Veterans who are seriously disabled may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits, which are paid in addition to the basic pension rate.
- Death Pension
Death Pension or spouse and child pension is a needs-based benefit paid to an un-remarried surviving spouse or an unmarried child of a deceased wartime veteran.
Post-911 GI Bill: A benefit that will pay tuition to graduate, undergraduate, and vocational/technical schools based on the highest in-state tuition charged, which is subject to where you live and what degree you are pursuing.
Montgomery GI Bill: A monthly education benefit received after you complete a minimum service obligation.
- Home Loans
The VA “stands behind” a loan you receive from a private lender. If something goes wrong and you can’t make the payments anymore, the lending institution can come to the VA to cover any losses it might incur.
- Vocational Rehabilitation and VetSuccess
These are programs that assist you if you have a service-connected disability and need to prepare for, find, and keep a suitable job. If you have a service-connected disability so severe that you cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve your ability to live as independently as possible.
- Life Insurance (SGLI/VGLI)
Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) and Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) are insurance programs developed by the VA, which are designed to provide insurance benefits for veterans like you and service members who may not be able to get insurance from private companies because of the extra risks involved in military service or a service connected disability.
What Benefits Do You Qualify for?
If you have questions about the veterans benefits that are available to you, Henson Fuerst has answers. Our North Carolina veterans disability attorneys are here for you. There’s no obligation, and our phone lines are open 24/7, so call now at (919) 781-1107 or complete a free initial consultation form.