This country cherishes the service of our veterans. The one issue people of every social class, race, gender, and political persuasion believe is that we should take care of our veterans– especially those that are disabled. The motto of the VA comes from a speech by President Abraham Lincoln: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.”
That motto should be changed to: “Deny ’til they die.” Our government has persistently failed our veterans by creating, and failing to fix, a Byzantine system for disabled veterans to claim benefits.
Jeff is a long-time fighter for veterans rights. The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a system of service-connected disability compensation benefits. Any service member who served on active duty can claim these benefits. Any disability that occurred in service can be eligible for compensation. Some examples include:
- Combat injuries
- Injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash
- Mental impairments such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD
- Sexual trauma
- Exposure to carcinogens like Agent Orange, Asbestos, and Benzene
Virtually any injury or disability sustained while on active duty (even if it occurred off base), is eligible for compensation as long as it occurred in service. That compensation is on a sliding scale from 0-100%.
If your disability prevents you from working, you may be eligible for special compensation called Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU). This allows you to bump your rating from 60 or 70% to 100%, as long as you cannot engage in substantial gainful employment. Because the rating is a sliding scale, and not an even percentage, getting this status could mean an additional $1,200 a month in compensation for you.
Jeff is a longtime advocate for disabled veterans. Since 2008, Jeff has been representing veterans denied service-connected disability compensation benefits. He is a tireless advocate, and will use the skill set he acquired as a trial attorney to maximize the amount of your benefit. He will represent you before the VA Regional Office, the Board of Veterans Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
If you have been denied benefits, or received a rating with which you disagree, call or e-mail Jeff for a free consultation. There is no fee if you don’t win your case.