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Did you know that there are approximately 22 million living Veterans? Take a guess what percent of those 22 million Veterans are receiving a monthly VA Disability payment? 50%? Nope, not even close. In fact, in 2014 it was estimated only 16% of living Veterans were receiving monthly VA Disability payments! That means there are nearly 19 million remaining Veterans who may be entitled to monthly VA Disability payments!
84% of Veterans are NOT receiving Monthly VA Disability Payments
DON’T I HAVE TO BE TOTALLYDISABLED?
TOTAL DISABILITY = YES ENTITLED
This is a VERY common misbelief. Certainly, these monthly VA payments are for our Veterans who have been totally disabled due to their military service, accordingly those Veterans are receiving rates payable at or above the 100% rate.
PARTIALLY DISABLED = YES ENTITLED
Note these monthly VA payments are also for those who are partially disabled due to their military service. The severity of each disability is assigned a percent, generally in increments of 10%. If you have multiple disabilities, the VA applies a special formula and combines each of your disabilities to arrive at a combined percent. That combined percent will determine your monthly payment amount. Check the estimated monthly payment below.
Please note, the VA does not combine percentages using basic math. For example, 10% + 10% does NOT = 20%. Under the VA formula 10% +10% = 19%. This does make a difference in many cases and can get confusing. Check out the free app VetCalc to see how the percentages are combined!
For example, if you experience a “ringing sensation” in your ears (referred to as “tinnitus”) and experience painful movement in your right knee (example – knee strain), and the VA determines those disabilities are due to your military service, then the VA would award 10% for tinnitus and 10% for right knee strain w/ painful movement. The VA would then combine those percentages to determine your monthly payment percentage.
In this example, that combined percentage (19%) would round to 20%. Take a look below to see an estimate of how much 20% pays per month.
10% VA Disability Rating
$133.00 est. monthly
20% VA Disability Rating
$250.00 est. monthly
30% VA Disability Rating
$400.00 est. monthly
40% VA Disability Rating
$600.00 est. per month
50% VA Disability Rating
$825.00 est. monthly
60% VA Disability Rating
$1050.00 est. monthly
70% VA Disability Rating
1333.00 est. monthly
80% VA Disability Rating
$1550.00 est. monthly
90% VA Disability Rating
$1750.00 est. monthly
100% VA Disability Rating
$2900.00 est monthly
CAN I WORK AND STILL RECEIVE THIS MONTHLY PAYMENT?
In most cases you CAN work AND receive monthly VA disability payments. This remains true even if the Veteran is getting paid at the 100% level. Please note, there are two very rare exceptions:
1) If the Veteran is receiving monthly payments at the 100% due to TDIU (See FAQ’s for further explanation or call McKeown Law with any questions)
2) If the Veteran is Rated 100% for a mental condition
I STILL DON’T THINK I’M ELIGIBLE
Real Life Example
Before you go, consider the following real-life example. One of my former Dept. of Veterans Affairs co-workers once told me a story of a very incredible Veteran claim that represents how easy it can be to qualify for a tax-free monthly VA payment.
The Veteran served only 90 days of active duty service and that service was limited to bootcamp. The Veteran claimed that bootcamp was so mentally straining that it caused depression. The military administratively separated that Veteran; the Veteran filed a claim with the Dept. of VA for “depression.” The Dept. of VA determined that the Veteran indeed developed “depression” due to bootcamp and was awarded a 70% evaluation and monthly payment for life!
As you can see, based on the applicable laws, many more Veterans are likely entitled to these payments than are currently receiving it. Want to know if you are one of the estimated 19 MILLION Veterans who are possibly entitled to a tax-free, monthly VA Disability payment? There is only one way to find out. Call, text, email, or fill out a contact form on this page ASAP to schedule your Free Consultation.
WHAT SETS MCKEOWN LAW APART?
Comprehensive Records and File Review
This is the mostcritical part of the claim process. Evaluating your lengthy military personnel and medical records requires a highly trained eye with a thorough understanding of both medicine and VA law. In almost every case I review a Veteran’s claim, where they were previously represented by a Veteran Service Organization, we discover several disabilities that should have been claimed, but were missed. In several cases, the discovery and proper claim of those new disabilities raised my client’s rating percent from 20% to 100%.
Claim Preparation, Representation, and Filing (No Fee!)
Another necessary and critical part of the VA Claim process is filing all of the proper forms and supporting evidence. The attorneys at McKeown Law take great care during this part of the claim process and includes a tailor-made Supplemental Narrative that will forcefully argue for your entitlement to VA monthly payments. Additionally, we are well versed in filing claims in a manner that qualifies his clients for expedited processingreferred to as a Fully Developed Claim.
1 on 1 VA Exam Preparation
The VA Examination is quite simply a meeting with a VA medical professional (nurse or doctor) to determine the severity of your disability. Notably, one of the most nerve-racking aspects of the VA Claim process is determining what needs to be communicated at the VA Exam. The attorneys at McKeown Law personally prepare their clients by covering questions the VA Examiner will ask at the appointment. VSO’s simply do not offer this critical level of preparation and it reflects itself in the claims I have reviewed where the Veteran previously selected a VSO. Being properly prepared for the VA Exam gives you the absolute best chance to achieve the correct rating percent and monthly payment.
McKeown Law will enter into a separate Pro-Bono contract for the preparation, filing, and representation services.
IF I HIRE MCKEOWN LAW, WILL I HAVE TO PAY ANY MONEY UPFRONT?
The attorneys at McKeown Law are so confident in their ability to obtain monthly VA Disability payments that they structure their contracts in a way that delays payment for the services until AFTER the Veteran receives their first monthly VA Disability payment. The first monthly disability check will always include a lump sum back-payment, typically for several thousand dollars!
WHAT IF YOU LOSE, DO I STILL HAVE TO PAY?
Absolutely not! If you don’t receive a VA monthly payment or increase at the conclusion of McKeown Law’s representation, you owe them ZERO! Also, if your ultimate back payment does not cover our fee, we will reduce our fee dollar for dollar against the back payment, so you are not out of pocket one cent!
DO I OWE ANYTHING ELSE AFTER I PAY THE FEE?
WHAT ABOUT VSO’s THAT OFFER FREE HELP?
This question always reminds me of the old saying “You get what you pay for.” What that means is if you don’t pay for a service, you can typically expect a poor result. In the case of the VA Disability claim process and the “Free” services offered by Veteran Service Organizations (VSO’s), this saying couldn’t be more accurate, in our opinion. That is not to say these folks never achieve good results, its simply a proven fact that attorneys achieve far greater percentages of success. In fact, over 75% of all VA cases resolved at the VA Court in 2008 were represented by legal counsel.
WHY IT’S WORTH IT
Please consider the overall risk involved in selecting a VSO to represent you and your VA claim. So many things could (and often do) go wrong. If they fail to identify a single disability or several disabilities in your military records, this will cost you thousands of dollars in the long run. If they fail to recognize or properly claim a disability that qualifies for presumptive, secondary, or aggravated service connection, this will cost you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Further assume you need to appeal a decision after you were denied. Law firms, like McKeown Law, are forced to structure contingency fee arrangements with Veterans that entitle the attorney to a percentage of the back-payment due to the Veteran, if the appeal is successful. Now this will put you in a position where you end up spending much more money in the long run.
Why not give yourself the best chance possible to obtain the proper monthly VA Disability payment right from the start!