Do you know what you don't know?
One of the hardest things to know about Veterans Benefits is that there are so many things that you possibly do not know. Accordingly, the best approach is to gather up all of your paperwork — including service records and discharge forms — and spend some time discussing the situation with an attorney experienced in this area. As with Medicaid, it is essential that you have skilled legal counsel who has been through this arduous government process numerous times.
Are the benefits the same for every Vet?
No. Programs and services for veterans are not the same everywhere for every veteran. In fact, some programs are based on when and where you served, your length of service, the type of discharge you received, and whether it was in wartime or during peace time.
The definition of a “veteran” also has different meanings for different types of benefits. Why? Because the relevant legislation was enacted piecemeal. Each benefit may have different criteria for its applicants. For example, you may qualify for some benefits with just one day of service, but for others you need to serve a minimum amount of time, like two years.
What if there are programs I don't know about?
You may not know about a number of benefits available to you or your family members, let alone how the application and appeals processes work. Veterans Benefits include medical care and disability compensation, but there may be other programs for which you qualify and should apply. That means sorting through the details of available benefits, eligibility criteria, and the appropriate government agency that handles a particular benefit. In addition, you need to complete the proper forms properly or face rejection.
After serving in our country’s armed forces, make sure you are aware of all benefits to which you or your family members are entitled. Getting information and successfully applying for Veterans Benefits is not light duty. However, your likelihood of success is greatly enhanced with the skillful guidance and assistance of an attorney who has dealt with the Veterans Administration, the branches of the military and their personnel offices, and the Department of Defense. Attorneys at The Law Office of Cheryl Chapman Henderson, LLC HAVE this type of experience and can use it to resolve administrative issues, get answers, and advocate for your rights and benefits.
So get that paperwork together and contact us right away!