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Veteran’s Disability Claims

Veterans of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard who have suffered injures, whether in combat or non-combat situations, are entitled to compensation for the permanent impact those injuries have on the quality of their life. If you applied for VA compensation and were denied or were awarded less than what is fair, you have the right to appeal that decision. Under federal law only an individual accredited by the VA can assist veterans in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of a claim for VA benefits.

Robert Zentz, Esq. (himself a disabled veteran) is accredited by the VA to represent clients and is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Applying for Veterans Health Benefits

If you served active duty military service and were separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may be eligible for VA health care benefits. If you enlisted after September 7, 1980, or entered active duty after October 16, 1981, you must have served 24 continuous months or the full period during which you were called to active duty to be eligible. If you served in the Reserves or National Guard and your only active duty service was for training you do not meet the basic eligibility requirement.

To find out if you are eligible you should submit an application to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The application can be completed with the assistance of a VA employee at any VA medical clinic or hospital or you can also apply by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), weekdays from 0800 and 2000 (Eastern Time) and a VA employee will assist you in completing the application.

In addition to information regarding your military service you must report personal and dependent information as well as certain financial information. You will be asked to provide private health insurance information, your employment and a breakdown of your household income, deductible expenses for medical, funeral expenses (if any) and education expenses for the veteran. Having private health insurance does not affect eligibility for VA health care.

Based on the income levels most veterans will be required to make co-payments for their medical care and/or prescriptions. To determine if you exceed the income limits and are subject to co-payments go to http://nationalincomelimits.vaftl.us/LegacyVAThresholds/Index?FiscalYear=2015.

Some Veterans are exempt or partially exempt from paying co-payments for healthcare and/or prescriptions based on special eligibility factors:

I. Veterans who are exempt from co-payments for both healthcare and prescriptions: a. Former Prisoners of War

b. 50% or more service connected disabled Veteran

II. Veterans who are full or partially exempt from copayments:

Recipients of the Medal of Honor are exempt from healthcare copayments, but they may berequired to pay the prescription co-payment.
Veterans who are 0-40% compensable service-connected disabled are exempt from healthcare copayments, but may required to pay the prescription co-payment.
III. Current copayment amounts for outpatient services:

a. Primary Care Services: $15 b. Specialty Care Services: $50

c. Prescriptions:
30-day or less supply for certain Veterans: $8
30-day or less supply for higher income Veterans: $9

Va Disability Compensation Appeal Questionnaire

Click the link below to print out the VA Disability Compensation Appeal Questionnaire. Please fill this out to the best of your ability and bring it to your appointment. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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