Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Brattleboro, VT
Are you a veteran living in Brattleboro, Vermont and suffering from a disabling condition related to your military service? If so, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If VA denied your claim for disability compensation, a veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Brattleboro, VT at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick may be able to help you appeal the decision. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free consultation with a member of our team.
VA Facilities Serving Brattleboro, VT
There are several VA facilities that provide resources to veterans living in Brattleboro, Vermont. These include:
The Brattleboro VA clinic provides primary care, preventative health care, mental health services, laboratory services, cardiology, and more to veterans living in Brattleboro and the surrounding areas. Veterans can contact the clinic by calling 802-251-220.
The White River Junction Regional Office provides veterans living in Brattleboro, VT with claims assistance and other VA resources. Brattleboro veterans can schedule a virtual appointment through the Visitor Engagement Reporting Application (VERA).
Getting VA Disability Compensation in Brattleboro, VT
VA awards disability compensation to veterans who establish 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 evidence of a link between the in-service event and your current disability is essential to securing VA benefits. A medical professional can provide a nexus opinion showing service connection, or VA may schedule a Compensation and Pension examination (C&P) to determine the link between the two elements.
It is important to attend any C&P exams scheduled for you, as VA places a lot of weight on the results of the examinations. Missing a C&P exam often leads to a denial of benefits.
VA Compensation Rates
Once service connection is established, VA will assign a disability rating to the veteran’s condition. Each disability rating correlates with a 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?
As mentioned 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 to this monthly compensation amount, Brattleboro veterans with a 100 percent disability rating may also qualify for the following benefits:
- 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 Assistanceprogram;
- Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) services;
- And more.
Appealing a VA Decision in Brattleboro, VT
If VA denied your benefits claim, you have the option to file an appeal in one of three ways:
- Higher-Level Review: Request a review of your current claim by a senior VA employee;
- Supplemental Claim: Submit new and relevant evidence as part of a Supplemental Claim; or
- Notice of Disagreement: File a Notice of Disagreement with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.
Accredited agents and attorneys can help you choose which appeals lane best fits your unique situation. It is also important to note that a veterans (VA) disability lawyer will typically charge on a contingency basis for their services, meaning they will take a percentage of recovered retroactive benefits. They are not allowed to collect on any future benefits you may win.
Fees equal to or below 20 percent are considered reasonable by VA, while anything above 33.3 percent is presumed unreasonable. VA regulates veterans lawyers’ payments under VA 38 CFR § 14.636 .
CCK Is Here to Help Brattleboro Veterans
If VA denied your claim for disability benefits, a CCK veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Brattleboro, Vermont may be able to help. Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free consultation with a member of our team.
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