Veterans have sacrificed so much in service to our country, so it is important to Rob Levine & Associates that we serve our veterans when they return. Even with the introduction of the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA), the VA disability claims process is still complex and discouraging for veterans who need benefits. The first step in this process is to prove eligibility for VA disability compensation.
In order to establish a service connection for VA disability compensation, you must have eligible military service – which typically means active duty service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard. Veterans who served in the Reserves or National Guard are also eligible in limited circumstances.
A veteran’s discharge can be the deciding factor in whether he or she qualifies for VA disability compensation. For instance, veterans with dishonorable discharges are not eligible. In contrast, veterans with honorable discharges are eligible to receive disability benefits.
Current Disability Related to Service
Lastly, veterans must have a current disability related to military service. This typically requires a medication examination by a VA doctor to determine the etiology or cause of a medical condition. A positive opinion or “nexus” will typically result in an award of service connection, which entitles a veteran to monthly monetary benefits from the VA.
Hiring an attorney can help veterans get more benefits faster, and with more back pay. Contact the Veterans Disability attorneys at Rob Levine & Associates today for a free case evaluation.