Accredited DVS staff members are representing NYC veterans and their families in claims for benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Schedule an online appointment with a VA-accredited DVS staff member to represent you in your claim by contacting DVS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-416-5250.
If possible, please gather the following materials before meeting with DVS:
Please note: If you do not have any or all of the above materials, DVS can still represent you in a claim for VA benefits but the process will be faster if you can gather these materials.
DVS helps veterans and their families file for federal benefits such as:
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Disability Compensation is a tax-free monthly benefit that the VA pays for disabilities caused or worsened by a veteran's military service.
There is no time limit to file a claim for disability compensation. You can be several decades removed from your date of discharge from the military, but you can still be awarded disability compensation from the VA if you can prove that a current disability was at least as likely as not caused or worsened by your military service.
There is no income limit to file a claim for disability compensation.
If you already have a disability compensation from the VA but your medical condition has worsened DVS can represent you in a claim for a higher monthly payout.
Veterans with particularly sever disabilities caused by or worsened by their military service can be eligible for a heightened monthly payout known as Special Monthly Compensation. For example, veterans whose service-connected disability causes them to require assistance with activities of daily living an be found eligible for a heightened monthly benefit known as "Aid and Attendance."
Non-service-connected pension is a tax-free monthly benefit that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays to Veterans who served during a wartime era, currently has a total and permanent disability (which does not have to be related to military service), and has a low income and limited personal assets.
Wartime era service does not require service in a combat zone. Instead, wartime era service means that the Veteran served on active duty somewhere in the world during a time period when the United States was deemed to be at war. Those specific time periods are:
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation(DIC)is a tax-free monthly benefit that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays to eligible surviving spouses, children, and dependent parents of Veterans. Eligible survivors become eligible for DIC if they can prove that the Veteran: