Veterans’ Benefits – Important Things to Know
If you are a veteran, you are probably aware that if you suffered an injury, illness or aggravation of a medical condition while you were in military service, you may be eligible for partial or total disability payments from the Veterans Administration Soldier Having Counseling Session(VA).
But did you know that Congress has passed laws providing that if you served in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, you can be automatically compensated if you have or develop certain medical conditions? If you served in Vietnam, this includes many kinds of cancers, ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s Disease, peripheral neuropathy, and diabetes. If you served in the Middle East, it includes chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.
VA benefits are payable at various rates and are intended to replace earnings you have lost because of your service-connected illness or injury. Even if you have continued to work, you can still be eligible for these benefits.
Do I Really Need an Attorney?
It is possible to pursue your claim for veterans’ benefits without an attorney. However, the caseload for veteran service officers, either employed by the VA or by a veterans organization, has been cited as over 1,000 cases per officer in some areas.
While VA officers and service organization advocates are a needed and valuable part of this service to veterans, it simply is not possible for them to adequately address caseloads of this size. A privately retained attorney can sometimes better serve your individual needs and have more time to spend working on your case. An attorney can work on a contingent fee basis, so you pay nothing in attorney fees until your case is won.
Bea Whitten’s office is located in Mount Pleasant, SC, and Bea has been helping South Carolina families with their Disability cases for more than 25 years. In short, you can trust Bea to get to know you and your case on a deep personal level. That level of personal attention and relationship can make all the difference in your case!