Do you live in Nebraska? Did you serve in the U.S. military and develop an injury or illness that you believe is due to your time in service? You may be eligible for VA disability benefits.
Unfortunately, some veterans are denied when they initially apply for service-connected compensation. A veterans lawyer serving Nebraska at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick may be able to help you with your appeal.
For a free evaluation, call 800-544-9144.
Nebraska VA Benefit Resources
Nebraska VA Regional Benefit Office
Lincoln: Lincoln Regional Benefit Office
Nebraska VA Medical Center
Grand Island: Grand Island VA Medical Center
Nebraska VA Outpatient Clinic
Lincoln: Lincoln VA Clinic
Nebraska VA Statistics
As of 2016, Nebraska has:
- 133,000 veterans, making up 9.5 percent of the state’s population
- Almost 22,000 veterans who receive VA disability benefits
- More than 42,000 veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system, and more than 68,000 have received treatment at a VA health care center
- 47 percent of Nebraska’s veterans are 65 or older
How to Receive VA Disability Compensation in Nebraska
The veterans lawyers serving Nebraska from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD are dedicated to helping veterans pursue the VA disability benefits to which they are rightfully entitled. In order to receive VA disability benefits, you must show three things:
- You have a current, diagnosed disability
- An event, injury, or illness occurred during your military service.
- A “nexus” between the two
You Have a Current, Diagnosed Disability
You must demonstrate that you have a current, diagnosed disability. VA disability benefits differ from Social Security Administration’s SSDI benefits insofar as VA does not require you to be totally disabled to qualify for disability benefits. Instead, VA disability benefits are based on a disability rating between 0 and 100 percent that VA assigns based on the severity of your condition(s).
An Event, Injury, or Illness Occurred During Your Military Service
You must show an event, injury, or illness occurred during your military service. The event may include an injury during a training exercise or a combat mission.
Providing a “Nexus”
You must provide a “nexus” between your current, diagnosed disability and the in-service event you believe caused your disability. The nexus must be provided by a qualified medical professional and must determine that it is “at least as likely as not” that the current condition is due to military service.
VA Disability Benefit Levels
Your monthly compensation is determined by your combined VA disability rating, which can range from 0 to 100 percent. As of 2018, the current schedular amounts of VA disability compensation are as follows:
- 10 percent disability rating: $136.24 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $269.30 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $417.15 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $600.90 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $855.41 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,083.52 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,365.48 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,587.25 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,783.68 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $2,973.86 per month
With a combined disability rating of 30 percent or higher, you may be eligible for additional benefits on behalf of qualifying dependents living in your household. Qualifying dependents may include your spouse, minor children or children in school, or dependent parents.
Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD Team Today
The veterans lawyers serving Nebraska at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD are committed to helping veterans get the benefits they deserve. If you are suffering from an injury or illness you believe is due to your military service, call our office at 800-544-9144 to speak with a member of our team.
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