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White Plains, NY Attorneys Fight for Veterans Benefits

Capable legal assistance with appeals of denied benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, oversees an enormous number of benefits and services for veterans of our nation’s armed forces. Unfortunately, many deserving vets face initial denials of benefits and have to go through a confusing and time-consuming appeals process. Giannasca & Shook, PLLC helps vets and their families access the benefits and services they are entitled to. We understand the VA system and the appeals process, and we know what it takes to win your appeal.

Our veterans benefits attorneys help you access the benefits you deserve

At Giannasca & Shook, PLLC, our benefits lawyers have experience helping vets and their families understand their eligibility for various types of veterans benefits, including:

  • Disability compensation — This tax-free monetary benefit is available for veterans who are disabled due to an injury or illness incurred or aggravated during military service. Veterans who are unable to work due to a service-connected disability may be eligible for total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU).
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment — VR&E helps veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.
  • Dependents and survivors benefits — Various benefits are available for next of kin, including a death gratuity, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC), and healthcare.
  • VA life insurance — Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance covers all active-duty servicemembers in all branches of the armed forces. Coverage includes Traumatic Injury Protection.
  • VA healthcare — Veterans who meet the minimum duty threshold and received other than a dishonorable discharge may qualify for VA health benefits.
  • Burial and memorial — Veterans who die under qualifying circumstances are eligible for free burial at one of 131 national cemeteries and may be eligible for an inscribed headstone at no cost, to be sent anywhere in the world.
  • VA pension — Low-income wartime veterans may be eligible for a VA pension if they meet active-duty requirements and other conditions of age, health and income.

If you believe you are eligible for a benefit, especially for disability compensation, DIC or TDUI, don’t let an initial denial of your claim discourage you. The VA denies many legitimate cases because of mistakes in filing. Our attorneys can help.

Help for disabled Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan war vets

Many veterans suffer disabilities due to toxic exposure while serving. For elder veterans of the Vietnam era, the problem was Agent Orange. Then came the Camp Lejeune water crisis. Exposure to depleted uranium and toxic clouds produced Gulf War Syndrome. Most recently, personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered debilitating illnesses due to exposure to open burn pits. In each of these cases, the VA initially denied there was any connection between the vets’ military service and their illness. In time, the VA had to acknowledge the connection and grant those suffering veterans their rights. If you’ve been denied, our attorneys can review your eligibility for disability compensation, DIC or TDUI, and fight to win your appeal.

See our VA benefits attorneys in White Plains, NY to appeal your denied claim

Giannasca & Shook, PLLC helps veterans access the VA benefits they deserve. The VA denies a great number of legitimate claims for disability compensation, DIC and TDUI. To increase your chances of acceptance on appeal, schedule a free consultation with our firm by calling 914-872-6000 or contacting our office online.