Veteran Affairs Disability Claims Filing

If you are a disabled veteran looking for assistance in filing for compensation, Shamika Saves can help. With my expertise in all things finance, I have worked with government systems and can help walk you through the process of filing. With the proper evidence and preparation, we can get you started getting the help you need.

Shamika Saves has experience working with veterans and government agencies, making my services invaluable for those who are seeking assistance in filing for compensation. While government filing can be convoluted and confusing, I can show you the way to financial freedom if you are a disabled veteran.

How Do I Know If I Qualify?

You may be wondering if you even qualify for disability benefits. While it may seem confusing to even begin, there are some ways you can check. The official government website, va.gov, has some resources on eligibility for VA disability benefits, and there are other resources online as well. To qualify for these benefits, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be serving or have served on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training
  • You must have a disability rating for your condition
  • One of the following must apply to you:
    • You got sick or injured while serving in the military
    • You had an illness or injury that was worsened by serving in the military
    • You have a disability relating to your service that did not appear until after your duty ended

Both veterans and their dependents may be able to qualify for VA disability benefits, so make sure to double-check your or your loved one’s eligibility status. This could help with any medical expenses that you have now or in the future and save you a lot of trouble and money.

What Do I Need To Apply?

To file a VA Disability Claim, there are several things you will need. By gathering the necessary documentation and documents, I can help you prepare to file your claim. To file a VA Disability Claim, you will need the following:

  • VA Medical Records
  • Hospital Records
  • Supporting Statements from family members, clergy members, friends, law enforcement, or those you served with
  • Evidence that you have a mental or physical disability

How Do I File For A VA Disability Claim?

At Shamika Saves, I can help you better understand the answer to this question; by going over what documents, evidence, files, and other things you need, we can work together to get you the help you need. To help you understand further the steps you will need to take, read this guide on how to file for a VA disability claim:

Prepare:

  • Find out if you are eligible
  • Request a disability rating
  • Double-check that your dependent is eligible

Gather evidence:

  • Gather hospital records from your service or personal hospital records
  • Gather documentation that your injury or illness has gotten worse
  • Request statements from friends, family, people you served with, or others who can corroborate your story
  • Request help from va.gov in gathering your documentation

File your claim:

  • By using my professional help, I can file your VA disability claim.
  • You can also submit your application online, by mail, or in-person to a regional office near you

Check your status:

  • It takes an average of 131.5 days to hear back about a VA disability claim, according to the va.gov website.
  • You can check your status online by visiting: https://www.va.gov/track-claims/your-claims
  • Once submitted, there is nothing else to do but wait for your results.

What Benefit Options Are There?

When filing for your VA disability claim, it is important to know what you want to get out of it. There are different options for benefits that may suit different needs, so carefully reading about each one is crucial before filing your claim. There are three main options for benefit options, including:

Disability Compensation: This type of benefit is one of the most common and is described as “a tax-free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service” by va.gov. This compensation type is sometimes designed to make up for job loss or unemployment due to disability to help veterans get back on their feet.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): This benefit is offered to dependents or spouses of veterans who have died in the line of duty, whether in active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. This benefit is also available for dependents and spouses whose spouse or parent passed away as a result of their service-related disability.

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC): This type of benefit is available for veterans, their spouses, their family members, or their children. It was designed as an additional benefit paid due to special circumstances like the need for aid and attendance by another person, or the severity of the disability such as limb loss. 

There are other types of benefits that are also available for veterans and their families such as housing grants, insurance, and life insurance. If you are having trouble deciding which type of benefit fits you and your family the best, Shamika Saves can help. By comparing your financial needs, potential gains, and other factors, we can choose the right option for you.

How Does VA Produce My Disability Rating?

Depending on the severity of your disability or the number of disabilities you have, the VA will assign you a disability rating. This is an important factor in determining your eligibility for benefits as well as for deciding which is the right fit for you. To file a VA disability claim, you need to have an assigned disability rating. But how do they decide what number to give?

The VA can determine your disability rating based on the documentation you submit or they acquire from your military duty or personal medical records. They use a range of 0%-100% to determine the person’s level of disability. By using their Combined Rating Table, they can determine the disability rating for an individual with multiple disabilities without exceeding 100%, as a person cannot be more than 100% able-bodied. To achieve this number, start with the highest disability rating, then arranging them in order from highest to lowest. The highest disability will be found in the left column, and the less severe one will be found in the top row. The number where they intersect is the combined rating. If a number ends with 5 or higher, it will be rounded up, and if a number ends with 4 or lower, it will be rounded down.

What I Do

At Shamika Saves, my goal is to help you to better understand how to reach your financial goals, including filing for VA disability claims. I can give you advice on what steps you should take based on your situation. I will also teach you to evaluate your situation carefully and to decide what is your best option going forward. Do not continue to live with bad financial habits. Call me today at 407-930-9570 or send me a message online to schedule a consultation. We’ll work through this together and get you on the path to great personal finance habits!

Contact Shamika Saves Today

If you’re thinking of asking for financial help, there’s no better place to start than at Shamika Saves. I will do my best to answer any of your financial questions, no matter what they might be. For any queries, tips, or quotes, contact me today at info@shamikasaves.com or call at 407-930-9570. You can also get in touch through my contact page