Benefit Application for Spanish-Speaking Veterans

The United States is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. To no surprise, our nation’s armed forces are also extremely diverse with 40% of active-duty military personnel considered to be of ethnic descent in 2015. The second largest minority category for the United States military is Hispanic and Latino. With millions of Hispanic veterans living throughout the country, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a health care benefit application to help Spanish-speaking veterans.

According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, as of September 30, 2017, there are nearly 1.5 million living veterans identified as being Hispanic or Latino. To this, the Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Robert Wilkie, stated: “our nation appreciates the service and sacrifice of all Veterans, including Hispanic and Latino Veterans, and it’s our duty to expand the ways we communicate with all veterans, so they’re properly informed about the benefits they’ve earned.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs is one of many government agencies that have begun to provide Spanish-speaking individuals with materials and documents in their native language. By providing our Spanish-speaking veterans with the necessary benefit application forms in Spanish, it will be easier for them to fill out the form and potentially receive the benefits they deserve.

If you or a loved one is a veteran that suffered a disability or illness during service or the widow or child of a veteran killed in the line of duty, you may be entitled to compensation from the VA. It is important to contact an experienced VA lawyer who may assist you or a loved one through the application process. Filing an application for veteran’s disability benefits or appealing an application that has been denied, is a complex process that requires the attention of a skilled Veteran’s Affairs lawyer.

The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP concentrate their practice in Veterans Disability Law. With over 50 years of combined experience between its lawyers, our attorneys may be able to assist you or a loved one in obtaining disability benefits. Call our office at (800) 395 -7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office.

Basics of Veterans Disability Benefits

Service-Connected Disability Benefits

A veteran’s disability claim is referred to as service-connected benefits. To be entitled to receive service-connected benefits, a veteran must have a current disability that he or she suffers from. He or she must be able to show that an incident occurred during service that caused his or her injuries. In addition, a veteran must be able to demonstrate that his or her disability is a result of military service. Continue reading “Basics of Veterans Disability Benefits”

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing or Appealing a VA Disability Claim

Filing a disability claim with the VA is often complex and confusing. If you or a loved one is a Veteran that has had an application for benefits denied, it is important to contact an experienced VA lawyer who may assist you or a loved one through the process. With that being said, some common mistakes that Veterans often make include the following: Continue reading “Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing or Appealing a VA Disability Claim”

VA Disability Benefits Basics

There are a number of different benefits that a Veteran may be entitled to receive.  Types of benefits include the following:

  • Pension benefits;
  • Readjustment benefits;
  • Disability benefits;
  • Vocational benefits;
  • 1151 benefits for medical malpractice; and
  • Dependency and indemnity benefits.

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Obtain Veterans’ Disability Benefits for a Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of long-term care treatment. In addition, the CDCP reports that traumatic brain injuries contribute to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), there are over 20,000 military service workers that sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Continue reading “Obtain Veterans’ Disability Benefits for a Traumatic Brain Injury”

Are You 65 and Over with a Permanent Disability? Housebound for Veterans May Be a Viable Option To Secure Additional Monthly Income

In the United States, there are over 13 million veterans who are over the age of 65. Housebound is a pension service program provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Housebound program provides supplemental income to disabled veterans who are confined to their home. The income provided by this program is in addition to the veteran’s monthly pension payment. Continue reading “Are You 65 and Over with a Permanent Disability? Housebound for Veterans May Be a Viable Option To Secure Additional Monthly Income”

VA Secretary Seeks to Expand Medical Coverage Related to Agent Orange Exposure

Stars and Stripes reported that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin would like to expand Agent-Orange-related medical coverage to new categories of veterans with ailments, but cost, medical science, and politics are preventing it from happening. Continue reading “VA Secretary Seeks to Expand Medical Coverage Related to Agent Orange Exposure”

Understanding the VA Schedule Rating for Disabilities

Upon completion of a disability application and a determination by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that the disability was service-connected, the VA will assign a disability rating, which reflects the severity and life impairment of the disability. This rating will reflect the amount of compensation that the individual is entitled to receive from the VA. Continue reading “Understanding the VA Schedule Rating for Disabilities”

You may be Entitled to Disability Benefits for a Chronic Skin Condition

While on duty, many veterans report chronic skin conditions as a result of being exposed to environmental and chemical hazards. This commonly leads to skin disorders that remain even after returning home from service. A chronic or long lasting skin disorder may be grounds for disability benefits, so long as the condition was related to service.

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