Veterans Can Appeal Their Disability Status

The Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act was passed in 2008 to “ensure veterans get accurate benefits and care.” As part of that act, the Pentagon established the Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) in response to multiple reports “adequate” treatment was not being provided to those given veterans’ disability status.

There are approximately 77,000 veterans eligible to have their disability status reviewed by the PDBR, yet only 5%, or about 2,400, of them have applied for their review. US Sen Mark Udall has asked Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sec. Eric Shinseki to coordinate with the Department of Defense (DoD) to contact those veterans qualifying for review of their disability status  and alert them of their right to appeal to the PDBR. It is essential the veterans’ disability compensation and retirement benefits being issued are fair and adequate.

Veterans have the right to address the PDBR and ensure the disability rating they were given upon their separation from the military is accurate and they are being given all their owed benefits and services. In the few years since it was created, the PDBR has granted higher disability ratings to 56% of the veteran’s cases it has reviewed.

One reason many veterans have not applied for review is because the DoD no longer has accurate contact information in order to alert them of their right to appeal to the PDBR. According to Sen. Udall, the VA usually has more up-to-date information and is in a better position to reach many of these veterans. Sen. Udall, therefore, is asking Sec. Shinseki to have the VA share their database information with the DoD and work together in a combined effort to alert all veterans of their right to appeal.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today 1-855-855-8992.