March 31st, 2015|
For any former service member who cannot work because of a mental or physical condition related to his or her time in the military, the process of applying for veterans disability benefits can be complicated. The government is hoping to alleviate some of these complications by formalizing the application process.
Previous laws allowed veterans to inform the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to receive disability benefits by simply writing a note outlining their intentions. If a veteran’s application for benefits was approved, his or her benefit payments would be backdated to the date they requested assistance.
An article from the Portland Press Herald explains that under laws adopted last week, a veteran must submit a standardized application for benefits. If the application is approved, benefits would only be backdated to the day the application was submitted and not to the date the veteran first declares his or her desire for benefits.
While some say the new process will help alleviate the backlog of claims, others claim the new system will inhibit some veterans—including the elderly and those with certain disabilities—from being able to submit their requests for veterans disability benefits in a timely manner.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we know how frustrating the veterans disability benefits process can be, and our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are hopeful changes to the application process will have a positive impact for all veterans.