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Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Montpelier, VT

Are you a veteran living in Montpelier, Vermont and suffering from a service-related injury, illness, or condition?  If so, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

If VA denied your claim for benefits, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Montpelier, Vermont may be able to help.  Call CCK today at 800-544-9144 for a free case review.

VA Facilities Serving Montpelier, Vermont

While there are no VA facilities located directly in Montpelier, Vermont, there are a few facilities in nearby areas, as well as virtual resources for Montpelier veterans.

Regional Office

The White River Junction Regional Office provides veterans living in Montpelier, VT with claims assistance and other VA resources.  Montpelier veterans can schedule a virtual appointment through the Visitor Engagement Reporting Application (VERA).

Other VA Resources

How to Get VA Disability Benefits in Montpelier, VT

To secure a grant of VA disability benefits in Montpelier, VT, veterans must have proof of the following 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.

There are different types of evidence that can be useful in proving a claim for disability compensation.  Some examples include:

  • Service medical records
  • Service personnel records
  • Private and VA medical records
  • Medical opinions from the veteran’s treating doctor
  • Employment records (especially if the veteran is seeking Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability, or TDIU)
  • Lay evidence (i.e., lay statements or buddy statements).

VA Disability Compensation Amounts

Once service connection is established, VA will assign a disability rating, ranging from 0 to 100 percent, to the veteran’s condition.  A veteran’s combined disability rating (i.e., the combination of each of their individual ratings using VA math) determines their monthly compensation amount.

As of December 1st, 2023 the VA disability rate benefit amounts are as follows:

  • 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
  • 10 percent disability rating: $171.23 per month
  • 20 percent disability rating: $338.49 per month
  • 30 percent disability rating: $524.31 per month
  • 40 percent disability rating: $755.28 per month
  • 50 percent disability rating: $1,075.16 per month
  • 60 percent disability rating: $1,361.88 per month
  • 70 percent disability rating: $1,716.28 per month
  • 80 percent disability rating: $1,995.01 per month
  • 90 percent disability rating: $2,241.91 per month
  • 100 percent disability rating: $3,737.85 per month

What Benefits Does a 100% Disabled Veteran Get?

As stated 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 compensation amount, 100 percent disabled veterans may also qualify for one or more of the following VA 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 Assistance program;
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) services;
  • And more.

Appealing a VA Denial in Montpelier, VT

If VA denied your claim for disability benefits, there are three ways to appeal the decision under the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA):

  • 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.

A veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Montpelier, VT from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick may be able to help you decide which appeal lane best fits your situation.  Reach out to CCK today for a free case review.

How Much Can a Veterans (VA) Disability Lawyer Charge?

Veterans (VA) disability lawyers or accredited claims agents typically charge on a contingency basis, meaning they will take a previously agreed upon percentage of recovered retroactive benefits.  Representatives are not allowed to charge fees based on any future benefits.  If the veteran does not win any benefits, the attorney will not be paid.

It is also important to note that VA regulates how much a lawyer or agent can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636.  Fees equal to or below 20 percent are considered reasonable by VA, while anything above 33.3 percent is presumed unreasonable.

CCK Is Here to Help Montpelier Veterans

If VA denied your claim for benefits, a CCK veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Montpelier, VT may be able to help.  Schedule your complimentary consultation today by calling us at 800-544-9144.