Veteran (VA) Disability Lawyer Serving Wyoming
If you are a veteran living in Wyoming with a disabling medical condition caused by an in-service event, you may be entitled to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation. Unfortunately, proving service connection can be challenging and VA denials are common.
If VA denied your claim for benefits, a Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD veterans (VA) disability lawyer serving Wyoming may be able to help you appeal VA’s decision and secure the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation with CCK, call 800-544-9144.
Wyoming VA Benefit Resources
There are several VA resources for disabled veterans living in Wyoming, including a Regional Office, medical centers, outpatient clinics, and more.
VA Regional Office
VA Medical Centers
Wyoming VA Statistics
As of 2016, Wyoming has:
- More than 47,000 veterans (over 11 percent of the state’s adult population)
- Nearly 43 percent of Wyoming’s veteran population is 65 years or older; and
- More than 11 percent retired from the military with full benefits.
- More than 11,000 residents receiving VA disability benefits
- Over 26,000 veterans currently enrolled in VA’s health care system
- Of these, nearly 19,000 have sought treatment at a VA medical center
Filing a Claim for VA Disability Benefits in Wyoming
To secure VA disability benefits in Wyoming, you must meet VA’s criteria for service connection. These include providing proof of:
- 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 disability.
Establishing a link between your current condition and in-service event is crucial to securing disability compensation from VA. You can request a nexus opinion from a medical professional. VA may also schedule a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam to determine if a connection exists.
VA Disability Compensation Levels
Once service connection is confirmed for your condition, VA will assign a disability rating to that condition. If you have multiple disability ratings, they are combined (using VA math) to get your combined disability rating, which determines your monthly VA compensation.
VA ratings range from 0 to 100 percent in increments of 10. A combined rating or singular rating of 100 percent signifies total disability, making you eligible for the maximum amount of schedular compensation.
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 qualifying dependents and a rating of 30 percent or higher and may also be eligible for additional monthly compensation. Qualifying dependents include spouses, children, or dependent parents.
Appealing a VA Decision in Wyoming
If VA denied your claim, there are currently three ways to appeal the decision under the Appeals Modernization Act:
- 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.
Unfortunately, the appeals process can be fraught with challenges. A CCK veterans (VA) disability attorney serving Wyoming may be able to help you build a compelling appeal.
Should I Get a Veterans (VA) Disability Attorney?
It is important to note that VA regulates who can represent a veteran and how much they can be paid under 38 CFR § 14.636. Veterans (VA) disability lawyers or accredited claims agents charge fees based on recovered retroactive benefits only.
The experienced attorneys and agents at CCK help veterans establish presumptive, direct, or secondary service connection for their service-related condition(s), and ensure they secure the highest possible VA rating for each condition. We assist veterans throughout the entire appeals process and will even represent veterans before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), if needed.
How CCK Can Help Wyoming Veterans
If you have a service-related disabling condition but VA denied your claim for benefits, a CCK veterans (VA) attorney serving Wyoming may be able to help. The CCK team of attorneys and agents will fight relentlessly to help you secure the compensation you deserve. Reach out to CCK today to schedule a free consultation.
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- 5 Ways to Establish VA Service Connection
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- What Evidence Will VA Require for My Disability Compensation Claim?
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