Frequently Asked Questions About Veterans Benefits

Five Star Veterans Disability believes veterans and their families should be as informed as possible about the appeals process and their cases. We encourage clients to read the following questions and answers. Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

Surviving spouses may be entitled to two different types of benefits. Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) if the veteran died while on active duty, from a disability related to their military service, and/or the veteran was service connected at 100% for ten years. Surviving spouses may be also be eligible to receive Death Pension benefits if the veteran served during wartime. This is strictly based on financial need alone.

Generally, yes, you can work while receiving VA disability benefits. However, you cannot work full time or earn more than a minimal amount if you receive individual unemployability benefits or have a 100 percent schedular rating.

If you are unable to work because of your service-connected disability you will be found totally disabled. The VA rates disabilities from 0 to 100 percent and even higher for severely service-connected disabled veterans. The rate for a veteran with no dependents found to be entitled to the 100 percent rate is $2,673 per month.

Yes. Social Security benefits are available in some cases to a disabled veteran who receives VA benefits. However, a veteran receiving a VA pension usually is not eligible for Social Security benefits.

It does not cost you anything to hire us as your advocates. We get paid only if we win your case. The VA realizes that the claims and appeals processes may last years. If your appeal is granted, then you receive compensation that is retroactive to the beginning of your original claim. This retroactive payment is provided in a lump sum. When you are represented by Five Star Veterans Disability, the VA deducts 20 percent of this lump sum for the payment of legal fees.

Many veterans consider hiring an advocate when they are denied disability benefits or disagree with the initial decision made on their disability benefits claim. The process of appealing a claim decision is lengthy and complicated. An advocate can navigate this process on your behalf and ensure that no vital steps are missed. However, veterans may work with an advocate to file their initial claim to ensure their claim is skillfully prepared and properly filed. Whether you need help filing your initial claim or wish to appeal your denied disability benefits, Five Star Veterans Disability is here to help. Call us at 1.888.606.4917 or use our contact form for a free consultation.

No. VA service-connected benefits are not taxable and are not considered a part of a veteran’s yearly earned income.

By obtaining a VA Form 10-10EZ enrollment form. There are many ways to obtain this form some of which are: online, calling the VA, or visiting your local VA office.

It depends in part on the complexity of the claim. But generally speaking, it takes on average about six months or more for a veteran filing for disability benefits to receive a decision. With ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the number of applications for benefits has drastically increased in recent years and has caused some backlog at the VA regional offices.

You should file a claim for an increased evaluation of a current disability that has worsened. Write a letter specifying that the disability has worsened and include any medical evidence that supports your claim for an increased disability evaluation. Mail the completed VA Form 21-4138 or letter to your VA regional office.