Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Iowa City, IA
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides disability compensation to veterans with disabling conditions related to their military service. If you have a service-related injury or illness, you may qualify for such benefits.
If VA denied your claim for benefits, a veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Iowa City, Iowa at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free case review with a member of our team.
VA Resources in Iowa City, IA
There are several VA resources available to Iowa City veterans, such as a VA Medical Center and a Regional Office.
VA Medical Center
The Iowa City VA Medical Center provides a variety of health services to Iowa veterans, including primary care, mental health care, neurology services, radiology, and audiology and speech services. The clinic is open 24/7 and can be reached by phone call or by scheduling an appointment online.
The Des Moines Regional Office administers a variety of veteran programs, including information about VA health care, VA benefits, outreach programs, and public affairs.
Iowa City veterans can schedule a virtual meeting, a telephone call, or an in-person interview at the Regional Office. Appointments can be made through the Des Moines Regional Office’s online scheduling service or by phone at 515-323-7464.
Getting VA Disability Benefits in Iowa City, Iowa
Generally, to be eligible for VA disability benefits in Iowa City, you must have evidence of the following three elements of service connection:
- An in-service event, injury, or illness;
- A current diagnosis of a disabling condition by a medical professional; and
- A nexus, or link, between the in-service event and current disability.
Showing proof of a nexus is essential to qualifying for disability benefits from VA. You can request a nexus opinion from your private physician, in which they state whether your condition is “at least as likely as not” related to your military service. VA may also schedule you for a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam to determine if such a connection exists.
VA Disability Compensation Rates
If VA decides that service connection is warranted, you will be assigned a disability rating based on the severity of your condition. Disability ratings range from 0 to 100 percent and increase by increments of 10. If you have multiple service-connected conditions, VA will add them together using VA math to get a combined disability rating. Your combined disability rating determines your monthly compensation amount.
As of December 1st, 2022 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $165.92 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $327.99 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $508.05 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $731.86 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $1,041.82 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,319.65 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,663.06 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,933.15 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $2,172.39 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,621.95 per month
What Benefits Does a 100% Disabled Veteran Get in Iowa City, IA?
As stated above, a veteran with a 100 percent disability rating and no dependents receives $3,332.06 per month from VA as of December 1st, 2021. In addition, 100 percent disabled veterans may qualify for certain other benefits, such as:
- Medical, dental, and mental health care from VA’s Health Care Priority Group 1;
- A grant from VA to help build, modify, or buy a specially adapted home to meet a veteran’s needs;
- Military identification cards;
- Emergency care outside of VA;
- State-offered benefits (e.g., vehicle registration)
- Dependents Educational Assistance program;
- Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) services;
- And more.
How to Appeal a VA Decision in Iowa City, IA
If VA denied you service connection or if you believe your disability rating should be higher, you can appeal the decision to VA. There are currently three ways to appeal:
- Request a Higher-Level Reviewof your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- File a Notice of Disagreementwith the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
A Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Iowa City, IA may be able to help you gather evidence and file the appeal. Reach out to CCK today to learn more.
Was Your VA Claim Denied?
If you have a service-related condition and believe VA wrongly denied you benefits, call CCK today. A CCK veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Iowa City, Iowa may be able to help you appeal VA’s decision and win the benefits you deserve. Schedule your free consultation at 800-544-9144.
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