While hundreds of thousands of military veterans are relieved stoppage of benefit payments the recent government shutdown threatened have been avoided, service members may not be out of the woods yet. The Oklahoma Veterans Disability Benefit Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that unless a budget is agreed upon by November 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs may not have enough money to pay benefits to recipients.
An article from KAKE News examines how a stoppage of benefit payments would negatively affect at least one former soldier’s life. The veteran was injured during his 15-years of service and now suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other disabilities associated with his injuries. He receives Veterans Disability benefits, which he uses to pay for school, as well as room and board. If benefits are halted, he will be unable to pay for his classes or support his family.
The inability of government officials to reach a budgetary agreement is not only harming current benefit recipients, but also those who are applying for assistance. The shutdown caused the backlog of unprocessed veterans disability benefits claims to once again swell at an incredible rate.
J. Colbert’s Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how complex the process of receiving veterans’ disability benefits has become. That is why the firm urges anyone applying for such benefits, or appealing a claim that was denied in the past, to discuss their case with an attorney.