Many members of the armed forces have experienced some kind of injury or illness from active duty. In reparation for these sacrifices, the US Department of Veterans Affairs dispenses compensation for the issues caused by disability.
According to the VA website, your eligibility for Veterans Disability may rely on these factors:
1. First, your you must have been in one of the following:
a) Service in the Uniformed Services on Active Duty,
b) Active Duty for Training, or
c) Inactive Duty Training.
2. You must have been discharged under something other than dishonorable conditions.
3. Lastly, you can receive compensation if you are judged to be at least 10% disabled by an injury or illness that you received in or was aggravated by active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty for training.
There are special circumstances concerning inactive duty training, the disability must have resulted from injury, heart attack, or stroke. There are many rules and regulations which may alter or broaden these criteria. Please consult an attorney or the US Department of Veterans Affairs for the rules that may apply to your situation.
Veterans are asked to provide evidence for their injury and its relationship to military service. This can take the form of medical records or opinions. In special circumstances, evidence is not required.
For a few scenarios, disability is presumed. These are:
- Former prisoners of war,
- Sufferers of certain chronic or tropical diseases that take time to develop,
- Those exposed to ionizing radiation, mustard gas, or Lewisite while in service,
- Those exposed to certain herbicides (Vietnam),
- Veterans who served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War.
If you feel as though you may be eligible, contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers for a free consultation about your injury or illness and learn about the process of gaining Veterans Disability.