Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Grand Island, Nebraska
Are you a veteran living in Grand Island, Nebraska with a service-related disabling condition? If so, you may qualify for disability compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If you already filed a disability claim but VA denied you benefits, you have the option to appeal the decision. A veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Grand Island, Nebraska may be able to help.
Reach out to CCK today for a free consultation.
VA Facilities Serving Grand Island, Nebraska
There are several VA resources available to veterans living in Grand Island, including a VA Medical Center and a Regional Office.
VA Medical Center
The Grand Island VA Medical Center is comprised of a community-based outpatient clinic, a Community Living Center, and a Residential Substance Abuse Unit.
The Community Living Center offers extended care, rehabilitation, geriatric care, palliative care, respite care, and long-term care to veterans in the Grand Island area. The community-based outpatient clinic also offers primary care, mental health services, laboratory services, and prescriptions.
Grand Island veterans can schedule an appointment or learn more about the services offered by calling 308-382-3660.
VA Regional Office
The Lincoln Regional Office provides veterans with information on VA benefits, home loans, insurance, and more. Veterans living in Grand Island can access certain Lincoln Regional Office services at the Grand Island VA Medical Center every Wednesday.
Getting VA Disability Compensation in Grand Island, Nebraska
To receive a grant of disability benefits from VA, veterans must provide evidence of these three things:
- 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.
It is essential for veterans seeking disability benefits to establish a nexus. Veterans can obtain a medical nexus opinion from a medical professional. VA may also schedule a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam, in which the VA examiner will determine if service connection is “at least as likely as not.”
Once service connection is established, VA will assign the veteran a disability rating.
What Are VA’s Disability Compensation Rates?
A veteran’s disability rating correlates to their 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
Veterans with a 100 percent disability rating may also qualify for additional 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
- Special Monthly Compensation
- State-offered benefits (e.g., vehicle registration)
- Dependents Educational Assistance program
- Vocational and Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits for dependents
Some of the benefits on this list are also available to veterans with ratings less than 100 percent, provided they meet the other qualifications.
Appealing a VA Decision in Grand Island, Nebraska
If VA denied your claim for disability compensation, there are currently three ways to appeal the decision:
- Request a Higher-Level Review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Should I Get a Veterans (VA) Disability Attorney?
A veterans (VA) disability attorney can help you determine which appeal lane best fits your situation. A veterans (VA) disability lawyer at CCK serving Grand Island, Nebraska may also be able to submit an appeal on your behalf and guide you through every step of the appeals process. CCK attorneys will even represent Grand Island, Nebraska veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
It is also important to note that VA regulates who can represent a veteran and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636. An accredited veterans (VA) disability attorney typically charges on a contingency basis, meaning they will take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits.
Representatives are not allowed to take a percentage of any future benefits. If the veteran does not win any benefits, the attorney will not be paid.
How CCK Can Help with Your Disability Appeal
If you are a veteran in Grand Island, Nebraska with a service-related disability but VA denied your claim for compensation, a CCK veterans (VA) disability attorney may be able to help. The experienced attorneys and veterans’ advocates at CCK know what it takes to prove service connection and win compensation for disabled veterans.
Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a complimentary case review.
Grand Island Blog Posts
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- “Evaluation of the Disability Determination Process for Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans” (2019)
In April 2019, the Health and Medicine Division (formally known as the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released its report “Evaluation of the Disability Determination Process for Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans.” Overview of the VA Disability Compensation Process The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides disability compensation to […]