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Veteran Disability Attorney

Disabled Mt. Pelion Vets Need Veterans Disability Approval

Veterans Disability ApprovalSouth Carolina is home to numerous military bases, including Shaw Air Force base, Naval Weapons Station Charleston, and Fort Jackson. Because there are so many military men and women stations in South Carolina, it makes sense that the state also has a large number of veterans, who choose to retire in the warm climate after their service is over.

As a veteran of our armed forces whether army, navy, coast guard, air force, or marine corp, you may be entitled to benefits including medical benefits, nursing home care, and aid and attendance, which includes compensation for assistance with daily living activities for you or your spouse. Your service entitles you to veterans benefits especially if you disabled in the line of duty.

Veterans Benefits and Disability in South Carolina

How do you know if you qualify as disabled if you are a veteran? Under the Social Security Act, “disability” means “inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.”

Unlike many actual disabilities, disability ratings determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are not permanent. If you think that an initial disability rating given to you by the VA is too low, there are steps you can take to appeal the decision and have it changed. Likewise, there is also a process in place to address the needs of disabled veterans whose disabilities have grown worse over time.

How Can I Prove that I Need My Veterans Benefits?

If you need to apply for veterans benefits, but have questions or concerns about the process, possible denial, individual disability rating, or how a spouse’s income could affect your benefits, you should contact a veterans disability benefits attorney at the Strom Law Firm. We offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your case. 803.252.4800

Denied Veteran Benefits

Lynchburg Vets Need Help Appealing Denied Veterans Benefits

Denied Veterans BenefitsIf you are a veteran who faces temporary or permanent disability, applying for veterans benefits can be confusing. You could be forced to wait for a long time before you receive the verdict, and if your veterans benefits were denied, you may be hurt and unsure what steps to take next.

As with Social Security Disability, veterans benefits offer an appeal process if your initial application was denied. To be entitled to service-connected benefits, a veteran must prove that his disability was the result of military service or medical treatment by the VA hospital and was not the result of his own willful misconduct. If your disability is deemed to be caused by your own misconduct and not a service-related injury, you could face an uphill battle to get the veterans benefits you deserve.

South Carolina Veterans Benefits Applications and Appeals

If you applied for veterans benefits in South Carolina, you may face an appeals process to turn over the first denial of your benefits claim. Many veterans in South Carolina face the same problems, so you are not alone.

If you wish to appeal the Ratings Decision, you must file a Notice of Disagreement with your local VA office within one year. If you wish to appeal the Statement of the Case or Supplemental Statement of the Case, you can appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals or BVA. If you receive a final denial, you can file suit in the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims ( within 120 days of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals decision.

If this sounds like a complex process that takes too long, you should contact a veterans benefits attorney for help.

I Need Help Appealing a Decision About My Veterans Benefits!

If your initial application for veterans benefits was denied, you do not have to take that rejection as final. You can go through an appeals process to dispute your disability rating or veterans benefits decision. However, this process can be confusing if you attempt to do it yourself, so do not file your veterans benefits application alone. The South Carolina attorneys at the Strom Law Firm understand the intricacies of veterans benefits applications and appeals, so contact us today for a free consultation. 803.252.480

Unemployability Veteran Benefits

Aiken Vets with “Individual Unemployability” Need Veterans Benefits

Individual Unemployability AttorneyThe Veterans Administration offers an individual disability compensation program called Individual Unemployability. The program uses a scale to determine whether a veteran is eligible to receive both veterans benefits and social security disability benefits. Recently, government data showed that 100% unemployability had tripled since 2000. Part of the rise is due to an aging veteran population, while many others suffered injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Veterans who have received a rating of unemployability should apply for veterans benefits to help them through their disability. Whether disability is temporary or permanent, veterans benefits can help supply necessary medical treatment, as well as a monthly benefit to help pay for necessities like housing and food.

South Carolina Veterans May Be Eligible for Veterans Benefits

If you are a veteran and you have suffered an injury in the line of duty, whether you rate for individual unemployability or temporary disability, you should apply for veterans benefits.

To be eligible for the veterans benefit of Unemployability, you must:

  • Be a veteran;
  • Have at least one service-related disability; OR
  • Two or more service-connected disabilities ratable at 40% or higher, for a combined rating of 70% or higher;
  • Be unable to maintain gainful employment due to service-related disabilities.

I Am a Veteran and I Cannot Return to Work, Do I Need Veterans Benefits?

If you received a rating of individual unemployability because of an injury you received while in the military, you do not have to suffer alone. The veterans benefits attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help you file for benefits, or fight a benefits denial, to get you through your disability. Contact us today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800