I offer legal assistance for veterans seeking service-connected disability compensation.
Your inquiry is welcome and I will help guide you through the process which can be long and difficult. There is much misinformation about VA compensation. Here is some basic information you need to know.
- To be a “veteran” you must have served a period of active duty in military service or a period of “active duty for training”.
- Except in cases of military sexual trauma, you must have been discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions.
- Your injury or condition must not be the direct result of willful misconduct; however, alcoholism or drug abuse may be service-connected if the result of other service-connected disability (for example, PTSD).
- Your injury or condition must have occurred or originated while “in line of duty”. This does NOT mean that your injury or condition must have been caused by the performance of military duties. All that is required is that your injury or condition occurred while you were in a period of active duty. Active duty begins with your enlistment and ends with your discharge.
- You must have a current disability attributable to injury or disease incurred during a period of active service. This means that you must have a condition that is NOW causing you some degree of disability.
- The disabling condition must not be a condition that existed prior to your entry into service unless the condition was aggravated by military service.
- Service connection for a current disability may be established in several ways: