Iowa residents who served in the military and have a service-connected disability may qualify for disability benefits from VA. But in some cases, VA denies disability compensation to those who apply.

The legal team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD wants to help you receive the VA disability benefits you rightfully deserve. If you have been denied VA disability benefits, call us for a free case evaluation.  We may be able to help.

To speak with a team member, call us at 800-544-9144.

Iowa VA Benefit Resources

Veterans in Iowa have access to one Regional Benefit Office in Des Moines and two VA Medical Centers, one in Des Moines, and the other in Iowa City.

Iowa VA Regional Benefit Offices

Des Moines: Des Moines Regional Benefit Office

Iowa VA Medical Centers

Des Moines: VA Central Iowa Health Care System

Iowa City: Iowa City VA Health Care System

Iowa VA Outpatient Clinic

Iowa VA Statistics

More than 211,000 of Iowa’s residents are veterans — nearly 9 percent of the state population. The number of VA disability compensation recipients in Iowa tops 38,000 and roughly 100,000 veterans in the state are enrolled in VA’s health care system. Of those, more than 70,000 have sought care at a VA facility.

More than 51 percent of Iowa’s veterans are 65 years or older; greater than 6 percent are military retirees.

Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Serves Disabled Veterans in Iowa

If you are a disabled veteran in Iowa seeking VA benefits, the lawyers at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help. We know the challenges and complexities of VA’s disability benefits process, and we can help you navigate an appeal.

Eligibility for VA disability compensation benefits typically requires the following criteria be met:

  • Proving to VA that you have a disabling medical condition
  • Proving you experienced an event, injury, or illness in your military service
  • Providing a nexus between your disability and the event, injury, or illness

You Have a Disabling Medical Condition

We must prove to VA that you have a diagnosed condition that limits your functional capacity. Functional capacity refers to your ability to work and carry out activities of daily living — e.g., eating, bathing, and transportation. If your condition causes a functional limitation, you may qualify to receive disability benefits from VA.

Your disability does not have to be total. Many veterans receive VA disability compensation and maintain their occupations. Unlike Social Security, VA provides compensation for partial disability, but the higher your combined disability rating, the more you be able to receive in disability compensation.

You Experienced an Event, Injury, or Illness during Your Military Service

The second part of a VA disability claim is establishing that you experienced an injury, illness, or event during your military service that caused or contributed to your current diagnosis.

That event could be an injury suffered during combat, a training exercise mishap, or experiencing a traumatic event. It might also include your presence in a specific location or exposure to toxic chemicals during military service.

Providing a Nexus Between Your Disability & the Event

A nexus is the connection between your disabling condition and the event during your service. We may seek an opinion from a medical professional that provides citations from your medical record and your military service to establish a nexus between your disability and service.

We must establish that it is “at least as likely as not” that your medical condition and military service are connected.

How VA Disability Rating Affects Benefit Amount

Your monthly disability benefit depends on your combined disability rating, which falls between 0 and 100 percent.

As of December 31, 2018, the monthly VA disability benefit schedule is:

  • 10 percent disability rating: $140.05
  • 20 percent: disability rating: $276.84
  • 30 percent disability rating: $428.33
  • 40 percent disability rating: $617.73
  • 50 percent disability rating: $879.36
  • 60 percent disability rating: $1,113.86
  • 70 percent disability rating: $1,403.71
  • 80 percent disability rating: $1,631.69
  • 90 percent disability rating: $1,833.62
  • 100 percent disability rating: $3,057.13

Any dependents living with you may increase your disability benefit amount, if you have a combined disability rating of 30 percent or higher.

Do You Qualify for TDIU?

Did you know that VA has a special benefit for veterans who are unable to work due to their medical condition but whose combined disability rating is less than 100?

Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) provides the same benefit amount as a 100 percent schedular disability rating, even if your combined rating does not equal 100 percent. The main requirement for TDIU is proving your service-connected condition(s) renders you unemployable.

Fighting an Appeal for VA Disability? Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD for Help

If you applied and VA denied you VA benefits, we may be able to help you. Many veterans do not get approved on the first try, but VA has an appeals system enabling you to submit additional evidence and legal argument in support of your claim and have your claim re-evaluated.

At Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, we help Iowa veterans pursue VA disability benefits. If you have a disability that was incurred in or caused by your military service, we can help you appeal your denied VA disability benefits.

To talk with a member of our team to determine if we can assist you, call us today at 800-544-9144.


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