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There are two main disability benefit programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs: service connected disability compensation and non-service connected disability pension. Veterans disability lawyers assist eligible veterans in appealing denials and partial denials of such claims. If you have been denied or do not believe the VA has properly rated your disability, please call (717) 299-5453.

Service Connected Disability Compensation (Compensation)

There are three basic requirements for entitlement to service connected compensation benefits:
  1. Status as a veteran (other than dishonorable discharge)
  2. Existence of a disability or aggravation of a pre-existing disability
  3. Connection between service and disability

If these three elements have been established, the effective date and degree of disability must then be determined. The degree of disability, also known as your rating, is a significant area for dispute and directly relates to the monetary compensation you receive.

In addition to primary disabilities, secondary conditions can develop as a result of the primary condition. These secondary conditions may also be compensable as secondary service connected disabilities.

If your claim for veterans disability compensation has been denied, in whole or in part, we can help! We'll review your existing claim to be sure it was done properly, and correct it if needed. Call (717) 299-5453 or email us today for a FREE consultation!

Non-Service Connected Disability Pension Benefits (Pension)

There are five basic requirements for entitlement to VA pension benefits:
  1. Status as a veteran (other than dishonorable discharge)
  2. Active service, including during a period of war
  3. Limited income
  4. Permanently and totally disabled
  5. Disability must not be due to the willful misconduct of the veteran

Pension payments are intended to bring the veteranís total income (including social security and retirement) to a level determined by the federal government. It is important to note that medical expenses may reduce countable income (referred to in requirement 3 above) if they are un-reimbursed. If your claim for pension benefits has been denied, we can help! We'll review your existing claim to be sure it was done properly, and correct it if needed. Call (717) 299-5453 or email us today for a FREE consultation!

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