Making sure those who have served get the services they deserve.
Statistics show that far too many United States veterans fail to make use of the legal and honorable benefits owed to them. Some studies show that only about 50% of eligible veterans receive their legal benefits. Many veterans are simply not aware of what is due to them. Some find the claims process to be too difficult, confusing or intense.
We believe veterans and their families deserve all the services they are promised. Our attorneys, paralegals and secretaries work hard to assist veterans and their families in obtaining the full measure of their benefits.
George Singley is a Marine Veteran and member of the VFW, American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America. All our attorneys are fully accredited with the US Department of Veteran Affairs.
If you have trouble getting what you deserve, we are here to help.
Our New Jersey Veterans Legal Services
Veteran Disability Claims & Appeals (C&P, DRO, BVA Appearances)
Dependent Compensation Claims
Health Care Enrollment
Real Estate Tax Deduction Assistance
Aid and Attendance Benefits
Veterans Disability Benefits Claims
There are two main types of VA disability benefits: those extended to veterans for service-connected injuries or illnesses that were either caused or worsened by service, and non service-connected need-based benefits for eligible disabled veterans who served active duty during wartime, which is also called veterans pension.
Veterans monthly disability benefits compensation is based on an official VA disability compensation rating system, ranging from 0-100% depending on the level of disability.
Before hiring an attorney, a veteran has to have already filed an initial application for disability benefits and received either a denial or approved compensation rating.
If a veteran is denied their disability claim, or if he or she has received an unfavorable compensation rating, they can file Notice of Disagreement (NOD) to appeal the claim within a year. An accredited VA attorney can support veterans in the appeal process to aid them in reaching their desirable outcome as quickly as possible.
Why hire an accredited VA attorney for a Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Appeal?
The process for securing VA disability compensation benefits is both complex and tedious, however the accredited VA attorneys at Singley, Gindele and Rinaldi are experienced in ensuring the process is completed in a thorough and timely manner to best support an efficient determination of the claim. An attorney can also aid veterans in preparing for any necessary in-person appearances related to their appeal, including a compensation and pension exam (C&P exam) or a DRO appearance.
What is a C&P exam?
A C&P exam is a medical evaluation requested by the VA to help determine the severity of a veteran’s disability as it relates to his or her claim. The C&P exam, also called a VA claim exam, is typically conducted by a VA doctor at a VA medical center. After a veteran is granted disability benefits, a reexamination can also periodically be requested.
A C&P exam is a vital part of the VA disability process because the outcome can result in an increase or reduction in benefits. The attorneys at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi can work to find out why a C&P re-examination is being requested and help veterans to prepare for the exam.
What is the difference between the DRO or BVA process when appealing a veterans disability benefits claim?
There are two main options when appealing for a veterans disability benefits claim: opting for the DRO process or filing an appeal directly with the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA).
The DRO process is known to result in a timelier outcome than the traditional BVA process and is therefore a preferred as a first step.
When a veteran selects the DRO process than a senior member of the appeals team at VA Regional Office, or a Decision Review Officer (DRO), reviews the claim as new (de novo). This can result in the overturning of a denied claim or an adjusted compensation rating. A veteran may be requested to participate in a DRO appearance to obtain more evidence for their appeal, and an accredited VA attorney at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi can support them in preparing for the appearance.
If the DRO process does not result in a favorable outcome for the veteran, the claim can be transferred to BVA (Board of Veterans’ Appeals) via the filing of a VA Form 9 without having to restart the appeal process.
VA Dependent Compensation Claims
Disabled veterans may be eligible for increased disability compensation if he or she has a spouse and/or dependents.
For deceased veterans, compensation may be awarded to living dependents if the deceased veteran lost his or her life in service, or was diabled as a result of service, called Dependent and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).
Need based benefits may also be awarded to the survivors of deceased wartime veterans, known as VA Survivors’ Pension. There are also additional benefits that may extend to veterans’ survivors, such as educational and healthcare benefits.
The accredited VA attorneys at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi can help veterans survivors appeal a denied claim and ensure they are accurately applying for all of the qualifying benefits they deserve.
Aid and Attendance Benefits
The Aid and Attendance Benefit, also called housebound benefit, is extended to qualifying veterans and their surviving spouses to support the costs of necessary long term medical care.
The accredited VA attorneys at Singley, Gindele & Rinaldi can help veterans and their spouses in applying for Aid and Attendance Benefits.