When a soldier is injured in the line of duty, and that injury prevents them from returning to military duty, the victim may be entitled to veterans disability benefits. The Oklahoma veterans disability lawyers at Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys remind service members that the process of applying and being approved for such benefits can be quite complex.
One of the most common reasons veterans disability claims are denied is that the initial application didn’t provide enough evidence and documentation of the injury. This is an issue one Oklahoma veteran has been fighting for the past 57 years.
KJRH 2 News reports a veteran who served at Fort Sill in 1955 was struck by a vehicle as he was directing traffic. He was diagnosed with a broken pelvis and fractured hip, then spent three months hospitalized before he applied for disability benefits. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) could find no record of the incident or the injury.
Because there was no record, VA officials stated they had no proof showing the injury was service-related. The issue was made even more frustrating when the VA stated the victim’s service records had been destroyed in a structure fire in Ohio. The victim had all but given up hope when he found a letter from a commanding officer detailing the incident and injury that had left him disabled.
The VA is now reconsidering the decision that was made in the veteran’s case.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we believe all veterans should receive the benefits they deserve. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are hopeful a decision in this case will bring a sense of closure to this particular veteran.
Hundreds of thousands of United States military veterans are unable to work due to injuries and trauma they suffered during their service to our country. Yet some of these individuals are struggling to receive the care and veterans disability benefits they need—especially soldiers who were harmed at the hands of their fellow service members.
A story from the Tampa Bay Times explains that roughly 1 in 4 female soldiers will become victims of sexual harassment and assault during their time in the military. While many of the victims apply for veterans disability benefits due to the physical and mental trauma they suffered, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been slow to offer assistance to these victims.
After years of struggling for the compensation they deserve, the federal government is just now taking action to get these individuals care. The Pentagon is promoting a campaign to prevent sexual assaults while the VA is working to provide soldiers with more facilities that are able to treat victims of sexual trauma. Furthermore, the agency is expanding the mental health services for which these victims may qualify.
It’s important for soldiers to remember that applying for and receiving these benefits can be a tedious process, and that having legal representation by your side will help ensure your case is handled as efficiently as possible.
The Oklahoma personal injury attorneys with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys are well versed in assisting veterans with getting the benefits they need and we can do the same for you. Our legal staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have, just call (877) 579-6800 to learn more about how we can help.