Wood & Smith Legal Services, LLC

Veterans’ Benefits

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VA Benefits Include:

  • Disability Compensation Benefits
  • Pension Benefits
  • Vocational and Educational Benefits
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC Benefits)
  • Compensation for Veterans Injured at VA Facilities (Section 1151 Benefits)

Claims Process:

  1. File a Claim with the VA Regional Office (VARO)
  2. File a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) accompanied by a Statement in Support of Notice of Disagreement : The NOD must be filed within one year after the rating decision is issued.
  3. Once the NOD has been filed, veterans may hire an attorney for help through the claims process.
  4. Choose between a Decision Review Office (DRO) or Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) Review.
  5. Respond to the Statement of the Case (SOC) with a VA Form 9.
  6. File a Brief to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA).
  7. Appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).
  8. Appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit or the Supreme Court of the United States.

How Much Will Your Appeal Cost?

We work with veterans on a 20% contingency fee basis.  This means that we receive 20% of your award if you prevail.  If you do not prevail on your claim, you owe us nothing.  If your case is not resolved at the agency level and goes to the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), you are responsible for the $50.00 filing fee.  You may ask the Court to waive this fee by filing a Declaration of Financial Hardship.  If your claim is not resolved at the CAVC and you pursue it through higher courts, there will be additional fees associated with those courts, and you are responsible for those fees.