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What are Veterans Benefits?
Veterans benefits are administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to provide monthly payments to eligible veterans and their dependents.
Depending on the particular benefit being claimed, the injury or disease may or may not have to be connected to the veteran’s military service.
Likewise, whether the veteran served during a period of peacetime or war (which is different than actual combat service) can affect one’s eligibility depending on the type of benefit being claimed. However, for many of the more frequently awarded types of benefits, wartime service is not necessary.
Types of Veterans Benefits
There are a multitude of injuries and diseases that can qualify one for benefits. Some of the types of benefits available for veterans themselves include:
- Disability compensation
- Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
- Special monthly compensation for loss (amputation) or loss of use of an extremity or organ
- Disability pension
- Aid and attendance
- Housebound benefits
Veterans Benefits for Dependents
Veterans are not the only ones who may be entitled to VA benefits. Spouses and other dependents, including children and dependent parents, may qualify. Some of these types of benefits include:
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
- Survivors’ (death) pension
- Aid and attendance
- Housebound benefits
Frequently Asked Questions
Perkins Studdard is On Your Side!
Both Jason Perkins and Travis Studdard consider it a duty and a privilege to help the veterans who have served our country. Before starting his own law firm in 1952, Jason Perkins’s grandfather C.C. Perkins worked for the Georgia Department of Veterans Services helping veterans apply for and get VA benefits they deserved. Travis Studdard’s father served in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Commander.
Jason and Travis are very proud to serve military veterans and their families. We appreciate the sacrifices made by those who have honorably served our country. We understand that brave service often causes lifelong injuries and disabilities.
At Perkins Studdard, we are committed to making sure the VA upholds its promise to veterans and their families to provide benefits veterans deserve as a result of military service.
As part of this commitment, we provide free consultations to veterans. If you want to consult with us about possible appeal of a decision from the VA regarding veterans benefits, you can get a free consultation by completing this short form or calling us at (770) 214-8885.
Articles & Resources
Many veterans get frustrated with VA and the time that it takes to receive the benefits they should. While VA has a duty to assist veterans with their claims, it may often feel like they are not doing that. When veterans finally do receive a decision, that decision often has errors. These frustrations sometimes make […]
Many veterans have one or more service-connected disabilities that make it very difficult to work. Often, these veterans struggle to try to maintain a job despite these disabilities. Many times, these veterans will end up quitting a job because they just cannot continue working. Can I receive TDIU benefits if I quit my job? I talk […]
A broken nose is a common injury during military service. The medical term used for this injury is a deviated septum. Many of the veterans who suffer a deviated septum also develop sleep apnea during service or after their military service. There is medical evidence which suggests that a deviated septum can cause or contribute to […]
Many veterans develop low back conditions as a result of their military service. Veterans who apply for VA benefits for these conditions often receive a rating between 10 percent and 40 percent. Some veterans receive a 50 percent rating, but that difficult to qualify for. Often, low back these low back conditions worsen over time. […]
You may have seen news reports about bile duct cancer affecting many veterans who served in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and other Southeast Asia countries. I have started to notice this cancer in veterans with whom I have spoken recently. The more technical term for bile duct cancer is cholangiocarcinoma. Cholangiocarcinoma is an extremely rare […]
I know that many veterans get frustrated with the delay of waiting for a decision form VA about their veterans disability benefits. Often it takes many months or years to make sure that VA reaches the correct decision on your case. Unfortunately, some scammers are trying to take advantage of this frustration that veterans experience. […]
Vietnam veterans were exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides during their military service. As a result of this exposure, many veterans developed serious medical conditions including certain types of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. VA has developed special rules for determining whether Vietnam veterans have to prove their exposure to Agent Orange or are […]
Many veterans get denied veterans disability benefits because VA says that their medical condition is preexisting. This can happen in many different types of claims. Some of the types of claims where I see these types of denials occur a lot are: Sleep apnea Orthopedic conditions (back, neck, shoulder, knee, and others) Heart conditions Preexisting […]
One recent change that VA has made is sending out letter for the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP). If you are a veteran with an appeal of your disability compensation claim, you have probably either already received or soon will be receiving a letter from VA about their new RAMP program. Many veterans have questions about […]
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