Veterans Benefits

You served your country as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and returned home to move ahead with your life. But your path forward has been more difficult because of injuries or illnesses related to your years of military service. Army Veterans who have service-connected disabilities or conditions made worse by military service are entitled to apply for disability benefits.

At Nieroda & Nieroda, P.C., we focus on helping veterans obtain the disability benefits to which they are entitled. We focus on assisting Veterans because we are Veterans and respect the service and sacrifice that Veterans have given our nation. As part of our personalized service, we do not charge Veterans unless we are successful in securing their VA disability benefits.

Several types of benefits are available to Veterans for disabilities related to injuries or diseases that developed during active military service or were aggravated by military service. VA disability compensation is a tax-free benefit. Service-connected disability benefits available to Veterans include benefits for:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Injury from toxic chemicals such as Agent Orange and hazardous materials
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Bodily Injury

About 40 percent of all service-connected disabilities are musculoskeletal problems such as chronic knee ailments and arthritis due to trauma, according to the VA. Other prevalent disabilities among Veterans include tinnitus, degenerative arthritis, diabetes mellitus and PTSD.

The VA has recently broadened the eligibility for Veterans of any era to qualify for disability compensation from PTSD. Veterans who were not directly engaged in combat may still qualify for disability compensation for PTSD as a result of stress caused by fear of hostile enemy or terrorist activity.

Many Veterans suffer hearing loss from repeated exposure to weapons, aircraft, vehicles and loud industrial activities, entitling them to disability compensation. Veterans who served in Southwest Asia in the 1991 Gulf War and have PTSD, fibromyalgia (FM) or symptoms of undiagnosed illnesses may apply for disability compensation, even if they can’t directly trace their injuries or illnesses to operations in Desert Storm or Desert Shield. Veterans disabled by VA health care also may be entitled to disability compensation.

The basic disability benefit ranges from $123 to $2,613 per month, depending on the extent of the disability and the disability rating. The largest proportion of disabled Veteran compensation cases are rated with a 10 percent disability. Veterans whose service-connected disabilities are rated at 30 percent or higher are entitled to additional allowances for dependents. You may be paid additional amounts up to $7,650 per month if you have very severe disabilities such as loss of sight or loss of limbs or you have a spouse, children or dependent parents.

Appeals

If you disagree with the rating of your disability, you can write a letter to your local VA stating that you disagree with the rating decision and want to appeal. A Veterans’ disability lawyer at Nieroda & Nieroda, P.C., can assist in preparing the appeal.

Disability Compensation Lawyers

Establishing the right to disability compensation related to exposure to toxic chemicals such as Agent Orange can be a time-consuming process. But the VA has recently relaxed the qualification criteria for Vietnam Veterans. Even if you were denied before, you may qualify now for Veteran disability compensation with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ expansion of eligibility.

The disability compensation lawyers at Nieroda & Nieroda, P.C., are skilled at helping Veterans establish their disability at every step in the appeals process.

Disability compensation is a tax-free benefit paid to Veterans for disabilities from injuries or illnesses that are a result of—or are made worse by —active military service. If you believe that you may be eligible for disability benefits based on a service-related injury or disease, contact Nieroda & Nieroda, P.C., today for a free consultation. We can offer guidance regarding your disability.

For our services, we charge Veterans NO up-front lawyers’ fees. Instead, we work out an agreement in advance with Army veterans about what our fee will be if their benefit is approved. Typically, it’s a reasonable percentage of the eventual award.