VA offers compensation benefits to veterans who have current disabilities as a result of their military service. If you live in Hawaii and have a disabling condition due to your military service, you could be eligible for monthly disability compensation. Unfortunately, upon submitting their applications for benefits, veterans are often denied service-connected disability compensation.
If you have been denied VA disability compensation, a veterans disability lawyer serving Hawaii can help you file an appeal. At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick, we want to help you appeal your denial in order to get the benefits you deserve. Complete a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team to see if we can assist with your appeal. Call 800-544-9144 to speak with us today.
Hawaii VA Benefit Resources
In the capital of Honolulu, you can find a Regional Benefit Office, a VA Medical Center, and an outpatient clinic. Additional outpatient clinics are located in Kaunakakai and Lanai City.
Hawaii VA Regional Benefit Offices
- Honolulu: Honolulu Regional Benefit Office
Hawaii VA Medical Centers
- Honolulu: VA Pacific Islands Health Care System
Hawaii VA Outpatient Clinics
- Honolulu: National Center for PTSD – Pacific Islands Division
- Kaunakakai: VA Molokai Outreach Clinic
- Lanai City: VA Lanai Outreach Clinic
Hawaii VA Statistics
Hawaii has nearly 113,000 veterans living on the islands, representing more than 10 percent of the state’s population. Almost 26,000 of these veterans receive VA disability compensation. More than 46,000 are enrolled in VA’s health care system, and nearly 27,000 have sought care at a VA clinic.
More than 44 percent of Hawaii’s veterans are 65 or older. Approximately 15 percent are military retirees.
Building a Strong Claim for VA Disability Compensation in Hawaii
The success of your claim for service-connected compensation hinges on these three things:
- You have a diagnosis of a current disability.
- You experienced an event, illness, or injury in your military service.
- A “nexus” between your current condition and military service.
You have a current diagnosis of a disabling condition
VA requires that you have a diagnosis from an appropriate healthcare provider in order to be eligible for disability compensation. You could receive a diagnosis from your treating doctor or from a doctor at a VA facility.
You Suffered an Event, Illness, or Injury During Your Military Service
After showing you have a disabling medical condition, we must demonstrate that an event, illness, or injury occurred in your military service. This could be during a training exercise or while on a combat mission. It may be exposure to chemicals, or it could be experiencing a traumatic event.
Providing a “Nexus”
A “nexus” is the link between your condition and your military service. An opinion by a medical professional could qualify as a “nexus.” The medical professional must establish a link that it is “at least as likely as not” that your condition resulted from your military service. Citations of specific instances may be used to establish this link, such as your medical records and your military records.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
VA assigns a disability rating based on how severe it believes your condition is. If you have a mild or moderate disability, you might receive a lower rating resulting in a lower compensation. If your condition manifests with very severe symptoms, your rating should be higher, perhaps as high as 100 percent, which results in the highest schedular compensation amount.
The current VA benefit compensation schedule based on combined ratings is as follows:
- 10 percent disability rating: $136.24
- 20 percent: disability rating: $269.30
- 30 percent disability rating: $417.15
- 40 percent disability rating: $600.90
- 50 percent disability rating: $855.41
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,083.52
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,365.48
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,587.25
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,783.68
- 100 percent disability rating: $2,973.86
If You Cannot Work, You Could Pursue Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDUI)
Service-connected disability compensation is meant to compensate veterans for lost income they experience due to their service-connected conditions. Typically, in order to receive the highest schedular amount of compensation, a veteran must be assigned a 100 percent rating or his or her service-connected conditions combine to 100 percent.
But what about veterans who are unable to work due to their service-connected conditions but do not have a combined 100 percent rating or a single 100 percent rating? If you can prove an inability to work because of your service-connected condition, you might be eligible for a special benefit known as Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU). TDIU lets you receive monthly benefits at the 100 percent schedular compensation level even if your combined disability rating is lower than 100 percent.
Fight for VA disability Compensation on Appeal
Clients come to us because they applied for VA disability benefits and were denied. Even if you were denied on the first try, we can help you continue your fight by assisting with your appeal.
Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD helps Hawaii veterans get the benefits they deserve. We can help you too. Let a veterans disability lawyer serving Hawaii from our firm fight your appeal for VA disability compensation.
To speak with a member of our team to see if we can assist you, call our office today at 800-544-9144.
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