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Are you a Vermont resident who served our country on active duty in the military? Are you suffering from a medical condition that you believe stems from an in-service event, injury, or illness? You might be eligible for a disability grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

That said, the application process is often complex and frustrating, and can be rife with challenges. Many veterans learn this when they receive denials for medical conditions they thought surely qualified. If the VA denied your application for disability benefits, you can appeal the decision. By working with a veteran (VA) disability lawyer serving Vermont, you can avoid many of the common issues that have kept other veterans from receiving benefits on appeal.

Call Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD today for a free consultation: 800-544-9144.

Vermont VA Benefit Resources

Vermont VA Regional Benefit Office

Vermont VA Medical Center

White River Junction  White River Junction VA Medical Center

Vermont VA Statistics

As of 2016, Vermont has:

  • Over 44,000 veterans living in the state (nearly 9 percent of the state’s adult population)
  • Over 7,600 residents receiving VA disability benefits
  • Over 20,500 veterans enrolled in the VA health care system (approximately 15,000 have sought treatment at a VA medical center)

Among Vermont’s veteran population, almost half are 65 years or older, and 8.7 percent are military retirees, having served enough years to retire from the service with full benefits.

Obtaining a Grant of VA Disability Benefits in Vermont

Receiving a grant of VA disability benefits in Vermont requires you to prove to the VA that an in-service event, illness, or injury led to your diagnosis of a disabling medical condition. This process can be challenging, as it requires compelling evidence to prove your case. In many cases, the application process ends in denial.

A denial can leave a veteran feeling as though there is nowhere to turn. However, the veterans law team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD has decades of experience handling VA disability cases and can help you put forth the strongest possible appeal.

A compelling appeal must do two things:

  • Show that you have a current, valid diagnosis of a disabling medical condition; and
  • Demonstrate a strong link between your diagnosis and an injury, illness, or event that occurred during your military service.

The second part, called a “nexus” by the VA, represents the most important part of your application. No matter how disabled you are, we cannot get you approved for VA disability benefits without showing that your condition is connected to your military service.

We use your military service and medical treatment records to draw a link between an event, injury, or illness in your service and your current medical diagnosis.

If you are disabled from a traumatic brain injury, we will examine your service record for an instance(s) in which you suffered some sort of head trauma (e.g., blowback from an explosion).

VA Disability Compensation Levels

As we assemble a compelling appeal, we also keep in mind the importance of getting you the highest VA disability rating warranted by the severity of your condition. This disability rating is an important number, as it determines how much you will receive in monthly compensation.

The VA combined disability rating schedule runs from 0 to 100 percent in 10-percent increments — a 0-percent rating signifying minimal disability and thus not qualifying you for monthly compensation (but potential other benefits, such as health care), and a 100-percent rating indicating full disability and making you eligible for the maximum monthly benefit.

The VA benefits schedule, as of December 2018, is:

  • 10 percent disability rating: $140.05 per month
  • 20 percent disability rating: $276.84 per month
  • 30 percent disability rating: $428.83 per month
  • 40 percent disability rating: $617.73 per month
  • 50 percent disability rating: $879.36 per month
  • 60 percent disability rating: $1,113.86 per month
  • 70 percent disability rating: $1,403.71 per month
  • 80 percent disability rating: $1,631.69 per month
  • 90 percent disability rating: $1,833.62 per month
  • 100 percent disability rating: $3,057.13 per month

With a 30-percent rating or higher, you can also receive compensation for dependent family members who live with you; you receive this money on top of your base benefit.

Get Help with Your Appeal. Give Us a Call Today: 800-544-9144

Our veterans deserve compensation for conditions they suffered serving our country. We want to help make sure you receive it. We offer free consultations to all veterans. Call us today for a free consultation: 800-544-9144.


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  • These people are FANTASTIC!!! I highly recommend this firm to Veterans everywhere. Honest Legal Help like this is priceless and they are extremely skilled. So Satisfied with the results...5 stars!! Read More » Anonymous, October 2017
  • I cannot begin to say how grateful I am to this Firm. From the Class A staff to the Lawyers, there are no complaints. Everyone treated me fantastic!! After 30 yrs of fighting on my own, they were able to win my case in less than 15 months. Read More » C. Marie, September 2017
  • My case was initially rejected by the VA but with the thorough review by CC&K , the VA agreed with the case that CC&K made and awarded my initial rating of 30% retroactive to 1975. Read More » Edward M., September 2017
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  • I thought I could go it alone. I filed several disability claims through the VA only to be denied over and over again. I knew I needed help. I found that help with the law firm of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick. They filed for me and won. Read More » Gene W., July 2017
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  • I was fighting for my VA disability compensation for 10 years. I was ready to give up and then CCK took my case. I immediately felt at ease because they kept me informed every step of the way and there was so much less stress for me. Read More » Raul B., March 2017
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