The Department of Veterans Affairs benefits claims and appeals process can be complicated. If a veteran or a veteran’s family members have received a denial of benefits to which they believe they are eligible, it is best to seek guidance from an attorney who can provide you with guidance on how to go about with the situation and gain the benefits that you or your loved ones deserve.
Veterans Benefits offered to eligible beneficiaries include:
- Burial and Memorial: The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense values the service of our veterans and thus provides several types of memorial and burial services for eligible active-duty, Reserve, Guard, retired and veteran members.
- Death Pension: The VA Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans.
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: This is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain deceased veterans.
- Disability Compensation: Certain military veterans with a service-related disability may qualify for regular monthly benefits. These benefits are generally tax-free and are paid to veterans who have injuries or diseases that occurred while on active duty, or were aggravated and made worse by active military service, as well as to veterans who became disabled as a result of care provided by VA medical facilities.
- Employment & Education: The Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor and the Department of Education provide a variety of employment, education, and training programs for veterans. These programs include, but are not limited to The Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty, The Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve, Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), Veterans Upward Bound and Veterans’ Employment and Training.
- Parents DIC: Parents’ Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is a monthly benefit for the parents of a military service member or veteran who has died. The benefit is based on family income.
- Special Monthly Compensation: Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a monetary compensation (in addition to the regular VA Disability Compensation) to a veteran who, as a result of military service, incurred the loss or the loss of use of specific organs or extremities. Loss, or loss of use, is defined as either an amputation or having no effective remaining function of an extremity or organ.
- Survivor Benefits: Surviving family members of veterans are entitled to certain benefits that can help ease their financial difficulties. Because of familial circumstances, it may be difficult to consider benefits; thus it is important to be aware of these survivor benefits early to insure eligibility at time of need.
- Veterans Health Care: The Veterans’ Health Care Eligibility Reform Act, which passed in October of 1996, paved the way for the Medical Benefits Package plan to be made available to all enrolled veterans. The Medical Benefits Package emphasizes preventive and primary care and offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services.
- Veterans Life Insurance: Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) provides low cost group life insurance to service members on active duty, ready reservists, members of the National Guard, members of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Health Service, cadets and midshipmen of the four service academies and members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.