March 17th, 2015|
United States military service members are entitled to certain benefits and services for defending our country. One of these programs is veterans disability benefits. However, hundreds of thousands of veterans are struggling as they await decisions on their claims. Some veterans wait months, years, and in some cases, decades to receive an approval or denial.
Luckily, a group of Alabama veterans are fighting for the rights of their brothers and sisters in arms as part of American Veterans’ (AMVETS) “Storm The Hill” campaign. They recently visited Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about the issues many soldiers and veterans face today.
An article from The News-Courier stated the group dropped off packages of literature regarding the need for VA healthcare reform at the offices of seven Alabama representatives and our state’s two senators. AMVETS also advocated to end discrimination against veterans in the workplace.
While the group did not speak to lawmakers face to face, plans were made for an opportunity in the near future.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the daily struggles many veterans face in overcoming illnesses and injuries related to their service to our country. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are hopeful AMVETS recent visit to Washington, D.C. was effective in raising awareness about the issues affecting veterans today.
October 28th, 2014|
For many years, military vets injured in the line of duty have depended on Veterans’ Disability benefits for assistance. Now, it seems there may be several more options coming to Alabama’s veterans.
According to an article from Al.com, a commission created by the governor has released a proposal aimed at improving services available to Alabama’ veterans. Among the list of suggestions are programs that address veteran homelessness, healthcare, and crime.
The commission aims to meet the goals they have created by not only providing veterans and their families with more information via websites and social media, but also reducing unemployment rates among veterans. The proposal also calls for Alabama veterans to receive in-state tuition rates at all two-year, four-year, and technical colleges, as well as better coordination between programs helping homeless veterans.
One of the proposal’s greatest endeavors is the creation of a Veterans Treatment Court program to provide alternatives to criminal prosecution for veterans convicted of certain crimes.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we understand the struggles disabled veterans can face on a daily basis. That’s why our team of Birmingham personal injury lawyers is hopeful these suggestions are implemented in a timely manner.
March 25th, 2014|
Veterans considered disabled due to injuries or conditions directly related to their service to our country are entitled to medical benefits from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA). They may also be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, a lack of communication and cooperation between the two agencies has resulted in reports of veterans struggling to access both kinds of benefits.
That is why the U.S Department of Defense recently announced soldiers and veterans considered 100 percent disabled by the VA will be placed on a list to have their Social Security Disability claim placed on a fast-track process for approval. Experts say that while being placed in the line for expedited processing doesn’t guarantee an approval on a claim, it could significantly cut the amount of time a claimant will have to wait for a decision to be reached in their case.
In order to have their named placed on the list for expedited claims, veterans simply need to include their VA notification letter in order to show proof of their disability rating.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how confusing the laws can be surrounding veterans disability benefits and encourage anyone considering applying for benefits to talk to an attorney.
January 22nd, 2013|
Jan. 21, 2013
Those who retire from military service often see a slight decrease in their income. An article from The Reporter discussed several ways veterans may be able to supplement retirement income through other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits.
The story explained that Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) is a type of veterans disability benefit for veterans who have retired from the military. These benefits can be received on top of retirement pay a veteran is already receiving. To sign up, a veteran has to be eligible to receive retirement pay and over the age of 60 or temporarily retired through the Temporary Early Retirement Authorization program. A vet must also have at least a ten percent disability directly caused by time in combat.
This benefit fills gaps in coverage for partially disabled veterans who have a portion of their retirement pay withheld due to their condition.
A recent change to the law allows those receiving Veterans Disability Benefits to also receive full retirement pay through a program called Concurrent Receipt.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers recognize how confusing the laws regarding Birmingham veterans benefits can be, and they suggest discussing your legal options with an attorney if you are preparing to file a claim or have had a claim for benefits denied in the past.
August 21st, 2012|
Aug. 21, 2012
Veterans who have come home injured after time in the military are getting more assistance than ever before to help lead a normal, healthy lifestyle. KTTC News reports a new bill currently being considered by the Senate would add in vitro fertilization coverage for soldiers who have suffered fertility issues.
In vitro fertilization involves fertilizing an egg in a laboratory setting and inserting the embryo into a woman’s uterus. The process can be extremely expensive, yet it often proves to be the most effective type of artificial insemination.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently considers some fertility treatments a Birmingham veterans benefit under their plan, such as intrauterine insemination, but these procedures may not always be effective in helping an injured soldier start a family.
The new coverage would help in cases such as that of a 29-year-old Marine shot seven years ago in Iraq and left without function below his waistline. Unable to have children, he turned to the VA for help, but was denied. After spending nearly $6,000 and receiving plenty of donations made by others, the soldier and his wife are now parents of 8-month-old twins resulting from in vitro fertilization.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers understand how frustrating receiving benefits from the VA can be, and would encourage any returning soldier who has had their claim denied to contact a knowledgeable attorney immediately to discuss their legal options.