GI Bill

How to Win a Veterans Affairs Claim


There are lots of men and women who risk their lives everyday, just to ensure that their countrymen can live peacefully in the comfort of their homes. Sometimes, members of the US Armed Forces get seriously injured while on duty. These personnel even suffer from deadly diseases, health conditions, and so forth as a result of their service in the U.S Military. In order to safeguard the interests of these people, the US Government has devised a number of provisions under the Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit system. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs also happens to be the government’s second largest department, right after the Dept of Defense. eBenefits.Va.Gov


When a member of the US Armed Forces incurs physical or psychological harm during his/her service in the army…a VA claim needs to be filed for getting the benefits as offered by the government. Now, this can be very frustrating at times. Thus, it is always wise to hire the services of a good VA attorney who would ensure that the entire procedure…from filing the claims to winning the benefits is a smooth experience. Here are some simple tips that would surely help you win a Veterans Affairs claim without encountering much hassle:

1. Before making your claim, always remember to contact multiple veterans’ service officers and then choose someone who can make you feel comfortable and confident. This is very important, as these officers are the ones who would help you in dealing with the essential paper-work that’s required in filing the petition.

2. For filing a VA petition, you must download a PDF blank copy of the SF 180 form along with a PDF editor, something like the “Nitro PDF.” This is required for filling in your personal details when you make a VA claim.

3. For backing your claim, you must request copies of all your medical records from the hospitals and private healthcare providers you may have visited. These documents would act as strong testimonials and ensure that you win the benefits of the claims without much problem.

4. Finally and most importantly, do not send any requests or paper-work directly to the Department of Veterans Affairs.eBenefits.Va.Gov

And, when in need of professional legal assistance for filing a claim under Veterans Affairs…Charleston (WV) residents and citizens of the neighboring areas must hire the services of an experienced and reputed attorney. This would see to it that they win their claims faster and smoother!

When in need of the services of a proficient lawyer handling cases under Veterans affairs Charleston WV, citizens could trust the officials from the law firm of David Huffman, blindfolded.

Who Qualifies for the Post 9/11 GI Bill?


The Post-9/11 GI Bill is available to anyone who served honorably in the military for 90 consecutive days on or after 9/11. It’s also available to those who served 30 days and were discharged with a service-connected disability. Under some conditions the military members benefits could be transferred to a dependent. It’s the responsibility of the service member to initiate their request for benefits or to request transfer benefits to a family member.

Tuition payments are based on the highest in-state tuition rate at an Institute of Higher Learning within the state where the school is located. In addition, qualification support is dependent on where the recipient lives and the type of degree or training they are looking to attain. eBenefits.Va.Gov

GI Bill

Benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Billinclude:

  • Provides up to 36 months / 3 years of education benefits
  • Payable for education/training received on or after Aug 1 2009
  • Includes undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, and technical and vocational schools
  • Also included is tutoring assistance, reimbursement for certification and licensing testing
  • Cost of tuition/fees, not more than max in-state tuition of most expensive public state school
  • Monthly housing stipend, up to E-5 (w/dependents) Basic Allowance for Housing at school location
  • Annual stipend for books/supplies, not to exceed $1,000 &¬† based on enrollment
  • A one-time rural benefit payment for eligible individuals
  • Benefits available up to 15 years after leaving active duty

New 2011 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits (in addition to those above) – Effective 1 Aug/1 October 2011

  • Some National Guard who mobilized after Sept 11, 2001 are now eligible
  • All public school in-state tuition and fees now payable
  • Private school reimbursement capped at $17,500 annually
  • Housing allowance available for students enrolled 100% in online/distance education
  • Covers non-degree programs, on-the-job training, and flight training programs
  • Active duty qualify for the $1,000 book stipend
  • Benefits cover undergraduate through doctorate degree programs
  • Licensing, certification tests, and national exams are reimburseable

Note: The Yellow Ribbon Program is available to cover some out-of-pocket expenses not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill Program. However, this is a separate benefit with its own set of guidelines and rules so make sure your school is participating in this program before applying. eBenefits.Va.Gov

For the specific rules, formulas, and guidelines that encompass the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, go to To apply, either go to or register through the VA Certifying official at the school or training facility you want to attend.

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