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Veterans' Corner: Don't give up on legitimate claim

By BY FRANK TORRES
Nov. 10, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.


The Disabled American Veterans Service Officers Chapter 169 of Victoria wishes to share some important veterans claim information with all the veterans of Victoria and the surrounding counties.

Too many veterans have not been successful when filing for their benefits. The Veterans Affairs informed them that they are not eligible or that their claim was denied for some reason or another. The VA will always state the reasons for denial and will send a notice of disagreement form to give the veteran an opportunity to reply with an explanations to why he disagrees.

Some veterans get frustrated and give up or just don't follow up. We strongly suggest that you should never give up if you feel you have information and supporting documentation to sustain your claim. You should seek help from your local service officers or veteran representative immediately after receiving a denial. We have serviced veterans who have waited several years before deciding to refile their claims. We say to you, "Do not wait; come see us now."

Dependent claims

If you are a widow and your deceased husband was receiving compensation for a service-connected disability, you may be eligible for dependent disability compensation.

If you are not receiving dependent benefits and you are not sure if you qualify, visit our office or a veteran representative of you choice.

A widow must show a marriage certificate, and a common-law marriage must show evidence of living together as man and wife. They must also submit three to five statements from people who can verify their common-law status. There are other dependent benefits that you may qualify for.

Remember that you can be eligible for a service connected injury or service-connected medical-condition even if you are not a combat veteran. Come and visit with us to find out how you might qualify.

We take this opportunity to invite the recently discharged veterans to come and find out what benefits they have earned and deserve for their services.

We are ready and proud to serve all our veterans in our office.

Frank Torres is an officer for Victoria Disabled American Veterans' Chapter 169 and offers military benefit information and advice for Victoria and surrounding counties.

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