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Veterans' Benefits

There are numerous benefits available to veterans and their families. These benefits include:

Health Benefits for Veterans

Health benefits available to veterans include:

  • Preventative care
  • Diagnostic and treatment services
  • Hospitalization.

Long-term care is also available through the Veterans’ Administration’s (VA) health plan. Some of the health care services that are offered to veterans are geriatric evaluation, adult day health care, respite care, home care, and hospice, or palliative, care.

Disability Benefits for Veterans

The disability benefits offered by the VA are of two kinds. They are disability compensation and disability pension benefits. You are eligible for disability compensation if you are a veteran with a disability that is associated with your military service. You are eligible for disability pension if you are a veteran who served during a time of war, and you have a disability. It is not required that the disability be linked to military service.

To obtain these benefits you must file a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Department of Veterans Affairs will then decide whether or not to grant you the benefits.

What If My Claim Is Denied?

If you disagree with the Department of Veterans Affairs' decision, you can appeal their ruling. To do this, you must file an appeal with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Appeals Process

The first step to appealing the decision is to write a Notice of Disagreement (NOD). This is a written statement that says that you disagree with the decision and that you are appealing it. The Department of Veterans Affairs will then mail you a form that you must complete and return. This form is called the VA Form 9.

After you've filed the NOD and VA form 9, you will eventually have a "personal hearing" with the Board of Veterans Affairs. This board will hear your argument and make a decision regarding your claim. You are allowed to have representation at this hearing. In fact, most people have a representative go to the hearing with them.

Once the board has made their decision, they will mail you a letter stating their ruling and an explanation.

Denial of My Appeal

If your appeal is denied, you can make another appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. This court is entirely independent of, and separate from, the Department of Veterans Affairs. Appealing to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is very difficult and complicated. If you choose to make this appeal, you should strongly consider hiring an attorney.

Do I Need an Attorney for My Veterans Benefits Problem?

Making a claim or appeal with the Department of Veterans Affairs can be very complicated. An attorney can help you better understand exactly the benefits to which you are entitled. If necessary, a government attorney can help you with filing a claim or appealing a decision.

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Last Modified: 04-24-2018 09:01 PM PDT

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