Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Montana
Veterans suffering from medical conditions caused by an in-service injury, illness, or event may be eligible for disability benefits. VA disability compensation benefits are monthly benefits for service-connected disabilities. Veterans who are not fully disabled or are still capable of working can still be eligible for these benefits.
Lawyers at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick are serving Montana and can help you get the benefits you deserve. The team at CCK has years of experience representing veterans and winning disability benefits cases for clients who have been wrongfully denied. Call our office for a free case review to see if we can help with your claim.
Montana VA Benefit Resources
According to nationsonline.org, Montana is the 43rd most populated state. Although the state is one of the lesser populated, there are still several resources for veterans living in the area.
Montana VA Regional Benefit Offices
Montana VA Medical Centers
Montana VA Clinics
- Anaconda VA Clinic
- Benjamin Charles Steele VA Clinic
- Bozeman VA Clinic
- Cut Bank VA Clinic
- David J. Thatcher VA Clinic
- Dr. Josephine Medicine Crow VA Clinic
- Glasgow VA Clinic
- Glendive VA Clinic
- Great Falls VA Clinic
- Hamilton VA Clinic
- Helena VA Clinic
- Kalispell VA Clinic
- Lewistown VA Clinic
- Merril Lundman Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic
- Miles City VA Community Living Center
- Plentywood Clinic
Montana VA Statistics
Montana has one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the United States, as nearly 1 in 10 residents are veterans. Additionally, nearly 80 percent of these veterans are combat veterans. The majority of these wartime veterans served during the Vietnam War and the Gulf War.
The population of Montana is comprised of roughly 96,369 veterans. Of this, nearly 9 percent are female veterans. There are roughly 50,000 veterans enrolled in VA health care programs in Montana. The majority of the veterans in Montana are aged between 60 and 69 years old.
How to Win VA Disability Benefits in Montana
The veterans’ advocates at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD have years of experiencing fighting to get veterans the benefits they deserve. We aim to secure benefits for veterans who may have been fighting for their claim for years.
Our team will use our expertise to craft a compelling appeal to persuade VA to rule in your favor. To do so, we will gather all the necessary evidence to prove you meet VA’s three requirements for service connection. Generally, the criteria include:
- A current diagnosis of a medical condition;
- An event, illness, or injury during your military service; and
- A medical nexus, or link, between your current condition and the in-service event, illness, or injury you experienced.
In some instances, VA may presume service connection. Essentially, this means that VA will automatically acknowledge the connection between your medical condition and your service. An example of presumptive service connection would be a Vietnam Veteran who subsequently develops Parkinson’s Disease as a result of exposure to Agent Orange.
In cases where the presumption of exposure is not an option, our team will work diligently to establish service connection by collecting the necessary evidence to prove to VA that your condition is related to your military service. We will develop your case through intensive research and investigation into your service history and establish a link between your condition and an in-service occurrence, such as an injury, event, or illness, to secure your VA disability benefits.
While every case is different, the team at CCK has years of experience fighting for veterans and arguing cases before VA. Our representatives will create a unique plan of action for your case, helping you to build the strongest possible claim or appeal. The team will bolster the case with evidence such as medical records, military service personnel and medical records, physicians’ statements, testimony from the veteran or their family, testimony from fellow servicemembers with whom you served, and expert testimony from medical and vocational specialists. The team at CCK has the knowledge, experience, and dedication to win your case and get you the benefits you deserve.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
Veterans who are awarded VA disability benefits are entitled to compensation for their service-connected conditions. The team at CCK may be able to help you secure these benefits. We will work hard to win your case and fight for the highest rating you rightfully deserve.
A veteran’s combined disability rating will determine the amount of monthly compensation they receive. This can range from 0 percent to 100 percent in increments of 10 percent. If a veteran receives a rating above 10 percent, they are eligible for 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
If you have dependents (e.g., spouse, children, parents who depend on you financially) in your household, you can receive additional benefits with a rating of 30 percent or higher. Call us today at (800) 544-9144 for a free case review to see if we can help with your claim.
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