What benefits are military members entitled to?

After you serve in a war or spend time on active duty, you have served your country in a way many don't. You deserve the benefits that you've earned. There are a number of different benefits you could qualify for in Minnesota.

As an active or retired member of the military, there are many benefits you should have access to. There are compensation programs for those who suffer disabilities, and there are pension programs to help you when you're ready to retire. Low-cost and free medical care is available to some, while others benefit from education assistance.

The issue some run into is that there is no legal definition for a military veteran. Each law was written differently by congress, so if you qualify for one benefit, you might not qualify for another. Active duty days may vary by war or year, and what qualifies as a disability can even change.

Service-related disabilities rated at 10 percent or higher may result in qualifying for monthly disability benefits. These benefits start at around $127 and can range much higher at $3,000 or more a month. The only catch for service members is that those who are dishonorably discharged are not eligible for the benefits, even if they were hurt on the job.

If you need medical treatment, know that you should receive low-cost or free treatment at VA medical facilities. The VA hospitals are required to provide treatment that is needed, not just the treatment of military-related injuries or illnesses.

If you're denied any of these services despite meeting the requirements, your attorney may be able to help you appeal the application.

Source: FindLaw, "Military Benefits for Veterans: Legal Issues to Know," accessed Sep. 27, 2016

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