Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Alaska
Are you a disabled military veteran living in Alaska? If your disabling medical condition arose as a result of an event, injury, or illness that occurred during active duty military service, you could receive monthly compensation and other benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Unfortunately, many veterans apply for disability benefits, only to find the application process overly complex, frustrating, and fraught with challenges. Many receive denials despite having conditions that should qualify them for benefits. If you received a denial, a veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Alaska from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can help you appeal the decision and obtain the benefits you deserve.
Call 800-544-9144 for a free consultation.
Alaska VA Benefit Resources
Alaska has one benefit office and two medical centers at which veterans can receive claims help and medical treatment, respectively.
Alaska VA Regional Benefit Office
Anchorage: Anchorage Regional Benefit Office
Alaska VA Medical Centers
Juneau (Outpatient Only)
Alaska VA Statistics
As of 2016, Alaska has:
- Over 68,000 veterans living in the state (over 13 percent of the state’s adult population)
- Over 19,000 residents receiving VA disability benefits
- Over 33,000 veterans are currently enrolled in the VA health care system (of these residents, nearly 20,000 have sought treatment at a VA medical center)
Almost 30 percent of Alaska’s veterans are 65 years or older; 15 percent are military retirees who served long enough to become eligible for full military retirement.
Building a Strong Appeal for Veterans Disability Benefits in Alaska
To receive VA disability benefits in Alaska, you must submit a compelling claim to the VA, one that demonstrates your eligibility for benefits by showing that you suffer from a disabling medical condition as a result of your military service. Our legal team, which focuses on VA disability, can help you gather evidence and build your appeal.
We focus on proving the following to build a compelling appeal against the VA’s original decision:
- You have a currently diagnosed condition that qualifies for VA benefits;
- A specific event, injury, or illness occurred during your military service; and
- Evidence shows your condition arose as a direct result of that in-service injury, illness, or event.
We use your medical records, lab reports, physicians’ statements, and other medical evidence to show that you have a medical condition that disables you. Using your service records; interviews with friends, family, and the men and women with whom you served; and other evidence, we can show a nexus between your diagnosis and your military service.
For instance, if you were diagnosed with hearing loss, we can present evidence that it resulted from repeated exposure to gun blasts or explosions during training or combat missions.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
In your fight for VA disability benefits, another important role our legal team plays is making sure you receive the highest possible VA disability rating for which you qualify based on your condition. This rating is crucial, given that it determines how much you receive each month in disability compensation.
The VA will issue you a combined rating between 0 and 100 percent (in increments of 10 percent). At a rating of 0 percent, you will not be eligible for monthly compensation, but you might receive other benefits (for instance, free VA health care). A combined 100 percent rating qualifies you for the highest schedular amount of monthly compensation.
As of December 1st, 2020 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $144.14 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $284.93 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $441.35 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $635.77 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $905.04 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,146.39 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,444.71 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,679.35 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,887.18 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,146.42 per month
A 30 percent VA disability rating or higher makes you eligible to receive additional benefits on behalf of any qualifying dependents living in your household. Usually, this refers to your children, spouse, or dependent parents.
To Schedule Your Free Consultation with a Member of Our Legal Team, Call 800-544-9144
Our team of advocates focuses on helping veterans receive the benefits they deserve, and we want to put our knowledge and resources to work for you. We offer free consultations for all veterans. See how we can help you appeal your case and win the benefits you deserve: 800-544-9144.
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