Veterans Benefits FAQ
If you were injured or developed a serious illness as a result of your military service, veterans disability benefits may be your only option for paying your bills and taking care of your family. And while the government frequently provides these benefits to injured veterans like you, it’s not always easy to get them, as many first-time applications are denied due to insufficient evidence, missing paperwork, and more.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Alabama veterans disability benefits lawyers want to help you navigate the complex red tape of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) application and appeals processes by removing as many obstacles as possible that separate you from the money you deserve. To learn more about how we help our clients during this process, check out our frequently asked questions below—and don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re ready to get started today.
Am I eligible for veterans disability benefits?
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, you may be entitled to compensation for disabilities:
- that were received or aggravated during active military, naval, or air service,
- which occurred anytime between the date of entry into active service and ending on the date of discharge from active service, and
- if you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to receive VA disability benefits, the Alabama veterans disability benefits attorneys at Norris Injury Law are here to assist you. We can review all aspects of your military service, the severity of injuries or illnesses you suffered while serving our country, and the manner in which your disabilities affect your daily life and ability to earn a living.
Contact our Norris Injury Lawyers today. We’ll review your military and disability history and walk you through your options. And if you’re eligible to receive veterans disability benefits, you can count on us to fight for your rights—even if it means appealing the VA’s decision. Just dial (800) 477-7510 or fill out a free online form.
Can I receive VA disability benefits while I am receiving SSD benefits?
While the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers your income when determining your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit, VA disability benefits are not considered income, so you may still be eligible for SSD benefits.
Can I work while receiving VA disability benefits?
Yes. Many veterans continue to work while receiving disability benefits. Only veterans considered “unemployable” due to their high disability rating are unable to continue working.
How can I obtain a copy of my military records?
Most veterans (and their next of kin) can obtain free copies of military records from the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), where military records are now filed (no longer with your local VA office). You can request your military records electronically using the eVetRecs System, or by mailing or faxing the NARA a copy of SF-180 to:
National Personnel Records Center
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, Missouri 63132
or by Fax: (314) 801-9195
What benefits are available to my family?
Beneficiaries of veterans (spouse, former non-remarried spouse, dependents) may be eligible for benefits from the VA. These benefits may include:
- VA pension
- Health Benefits: CHAMPVA
- Death gratuity
- Death and Indemnity Compensation
- VA burial and memorial benefits
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