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It is not uncommon for veterans to return home from active-duty military service with severe or permanent impairments. Conditions which develop or worsen because of active-duty service are considered service-connected disabilities and may warrant compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Permanently and totally disabled veterans are entitled to receive the highest benefit amount from the VA to ensure their long-term losses are accounted for. In other words, veterans who are able to prove that they suffer from a permanent and total, service-related disability may receive VA disability benefits at the 100% rating.
The VA provides monthly compensation to qualifying veterans. Whether a vet is awarded benefits at the 100% rating depends on the severity of his or her disability. The VA considers many factors when deciding these claims, including evidence provided by the applicant and any lay statements provided by his or her loved ones.
Many veterans do not apply for permanent and total status, but instead receive a 100% disability rating on the basis of multiple service-connected impairments. The VA will automatically evaluate whether a veteran’s disability is considered permanent and total in nature. Compensation is awarded based on the severity and permanency of the disability as well as the applicant’s life circumstances. More information on the factors that go into a veteran’s disability rating can be found on the VA’s website.
The amount of benefits a permanently and totally disabled veteran receives will depend on the severity of his or her condition(s). Former servicemembers rated at 100% disability may also be entitled to other benefits, such as:
In addition to applying for disability compensation, many of these additional benefits may require separate applications, making it advantageous to work with a local lawyer who is familiar with successfully obtaining benefits for permanently and totally disabled veterans.
Disabilities among our veterans are unfortunately common. Vets suffering from the effects of in-service injuries are entitled to disability compensation from the VA, and those suffering from permanent and total disabilities may receive the maximum amount of benefits. The experienced team at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, works hard to ensure our hardworking veterans are receiving the support and compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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