“With malice toward none, with charity for all,
with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right,
let us strive on to finish the work we are in,
to bind up the nation’s wounds,
to care for him who shall have borne the battle
and for his widow, and his orphan,
to do all which may achieve and cherish
a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865.
The VA motto “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” is taken from Lincoln’s speech which affirms the government’s duty to take care of those who, during war time, have been injured or lost their lives, and to take care of their families. The Veterans Benefits attorneys at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter will help you recover the benefits your deserve.
The process, however, is not an easy one. The application process for Veterans’ Benefits is extremely complex and requires a great deal of supporting documentation in order for a claim to be successful. Furthermore, many people are not aware that they may qualify for benefits under various VA programs through their own service or that of a spouse.
The major benefits provided by the VA include:
- Compensation benefits (for service-connected disabilities)
- Pension (for non-service-connected disabilities)
- Burial benefits
- Rehabilitation assistance, including education and training
- Home loans
Special Monthly Pension
The most overlooked benefit is the non-service connected pension benefits or special monthly pension (SMP) benefits which include low income pension, housebound benefits, and aid and attendant benefits. These are available to a veteran or a veteran’s widow, or dependent child. In order to be eligible for SMP benefits, the veteran or deceased veteran must have:
- Served 90 days of consecutive active duty, one of which must have been during war time. War time is considered to be:
- World War I
- World War II (December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946)
- Korean War (June 27, 1950 – January31, 1955)
- Vietnam War (August 5, 1964 – May 7, 1975 OR February 28, 1961 through May 7, 1975 in Vietnam)
- Gulf War – August 2, 1990 through the present (or any date to be set by law by Presidential Proclamation.)
- The veteran must have been discharged by any means other than dishonorable discharge.
- The claimant must have limited income and assets available.
- The claimant must have a permanent and total disability at the time of application; and
- The disability must have been caused without willful conduct on the part of the claimant.
If you have applied for VA Benefits, compensation or pension, and have been denied, we will help you appeal the decision until you recover the benefits you need. Our VA Benefits division is staffed by attorneys who have been accredited by the VA to handle such claims. Our attorneys have a vast amount of experience reviewing medical records and will use that experience to show that our clients deserve VA benefits.
Once your VA claim has been approved, you will be reimbursed compensation dating back to the date of your first application for VA benefits.
If you are interested in applying for VA Benefits or need to determine whether or not you are eligible to apply for benefits, please contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter online or by calling (407) 712-7300 for a free case review.