The Department of Veterans Affairs provides disability compensation for veterans who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, and have a current illness or injury that began during, or was made worse during their service. The VA pays compensation based on a Rating Schedule with increasing benefits as the level of disability increases (from 0% to 100%). The VA may also pay benefits at 100% if, solely due to service-connected impairments, a veteran is “totally disabled.” The current rates for VA compensation can be found here. A veteran may receive special additional compensation under certain circumstances for very serious injuries. Additionally, disability pension benefits are available to wartime veterans who are unable to work (regardless of whether their impairments are service-connected), and have limited income. If you have not applied for these benefits, but believe that you may be eligible, you can apply online by completing the “Veterans Online Application,” at the VA’s “eBenefits Portal” here. Currently, the law only allows a veteran to hire an attorney after it has issued an initial rating decision. This can be either a denial, or a less than fully favorable Rating Decision. If you have been denied or received a Rating Decision that you are not totally satisfied with, please contact us today. Even if you have not yet applied, one of our experienced veterans law attorneys would be more than happy to discuss your case. Please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our skilled veterans benefits lawyers. You fought for us, now let us fight for you!