Veterans Disability Benefits

WHAT ARE VETERANS’ DISABILITY BENEFITS?

Our military veterans who are struggling with a service-connected physical or mental disability may qualify for monthly, tax-free, compensation benefits. The compensation amount varies, depending on the percentage and type of disability, as determined by Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA).

A veteran may appeal the VA’s determinations, including taking the claim forward to an independent court, The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims (CAVC), Washington, D.C. This Court is relatively new to the veterans’ claim process, and has no judicial connection to the Office of Veterans’ Affairs. A panel of independent Judges determine the validity of a veteran’s claim. Attorney Sonya L. Pence is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to represent claimants in all 50 states at all stages of their VA applications and appeals, she is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), Washington, D.C., where she has successfully litigated disability claims. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR DISABILITY COMPENSATION?

The VA defines an eligible veteran as (1) “a veteran of U.S. military service”, or (2) “an active service member with an impending discharge between 180 and 60 days through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge Program (BDD), or (3) an active service member within 60 days of impending discharge through the BDD Quick Start Claim Process.

The eligible veteran must have (1) a diagnosed disease or disability, and (2) there must have been an incident during the veteran’s service, and (3) the disability must be military service-connected. The veteran may also qualify for compensation for disability conditions caused by the VA health care system.

Veterans with permanent and total disability, and disabled, low-income veterans age 65 and older, are also eligible for Disability Pensions, a VA program that is needs-based and will supplement the veteran’s income. This program requires that the veteran served 90 days in active service and one day or more during war (or longer for those who entered the service after September, 1980).

If you believe that you are eligible to file a claim, or if your present claim is denied, or the VA compensation award is less than satisfactory, The Law Office of Sonya L. Pence stands ready and prepared to help you present your best claim through all of the steps necessary to obtain the disability compensation you deserve.