If you are a U.S. military veteran living in Idaho and have a current disability due to your military service, you may be eligible for disability benefits from VA. Unfortunately, some veterans receive benefit denials.
The team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD can help appeal denied VA benefits. We offer a free, no-risk case evaluation to determine if we can help.
To talk with a member of our office, call 800-544-9144.
Idaho VA Benefit Resources
Idaho resources for veterans include a VA Regional Office and VA Medical Center in Boise, as well as several VA Outpatient Clinics throughout the state.
Idaho VA Regional Benefit Offices
Idaho VA Medical Centers
- Boise: Boise VA Medical Center
Idaho VA Outpatient Clinics
- Mountain Home: Mountain Home Idaho Outpatient Clinic
- Salmon: Salmon Idaho Outpatient Clinic
- Sandpoint: Sandpoint RHC
Idaho VA Statistics
More than 123,000 veterans call Idaho home, making up 10.1 percent of the state’s population. The number of Idaho veterans receiving VA benefits tops 27,000. Nearly 60,000 veterans are enrolled in VA’s health care system, out of which almost 44,000 have sought care at least once at a VA facility.
More than 46 percent of Idaho’s veterans are at least 65 years old. Greater than 11 percent of these are military retirees.
Receiving VA Disability Benefits in Idaho
Receiving VA disability benefits in Idaho requires three things. One, you have a diagnosed condition that disables you to some degree. Two, there was an event, injury, or illness during your military service. Three, a “nexus” supports the connection between your current condition and the event.
You Have a Current, Diagnosed Condition
VA requires you to have a current diagnosis in order to be eligible for VA disability compensation. It does not restrict benefits to those with total disabilities (as Social Security does), so even if your condition limits you only partially, you can still receive benefits.
You Experienced an Event, Injury, or Illness During Service
An event, injury, or illness can happen in a variety of ways. You may have been wounded during combat. You may have been exposed to toxic chemicals. Or you could have been hurt during a training exercise.
A Medical Professional Can Provide a “Nexus”
Providing a “nexus” will establish a link between your current medical condition and the event, injury, or illness during your military service. We may seek an opinion from a medical professional to establish this link. This opinion should use language that states it is “at least as likely as not” that the event in your service caused your currently diagnosed condition.
Your VA Disability Rating
VA uses a numerical scale to assign a rating to your disability. Your combined disability rating determines the amount of your monthly benefits, with more severely disabling conditions typically being assigned higher ratings. A 100 percent rating, signifying total disability, is the highest schedular rating and corresponds to the highest amount of schedular monthly compensation, which as of 2018, hovers just below $3,000.
Here is a list of combined disability ratings and their corresponding compensation amounts:
- 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
VA Disability for Veterans Who Are Unable to Work
If you cannot work due to your service-connected medical condition, there is a benefit that makes it possible to receive benefits at the 100 percent rating compensation amount, even if you do not receive a 100 percent rating for your condition. Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) provides benefits for veterans who demonstrate they cannot sustain gainful employment because of their service-connected disabilities.
Talk With Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, Call 800-544-9144 Today
If you are a veteran in Idaho with a disability due to your military service, a veterans disability lawyer serving Idaho at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help.
To speak with a member of our team, call our office at 800-544-9144.
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