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Overcoming Obstacles: A Coast Guard Veteran's Path to VA Disability Benefits

Case Study: Meet Greg A Coast Guard Veteran


Greg Smith (name changed) served for 8 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a machinery technician working on ship engines. After leaving the military, he started having chronic knee pain and hearing loss issues but did not think he qualified for VA disability benefits.

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Two years after separation, Greg's knee pain worsened to the point it was affecting his civilian job performance. His wife encouraged him to investigate filing a VA disability claim. However, Greg felt confused and overwhelmed navigating the complex VA system.

Unsure where to start, Greg contacted United Veteran Benefits Agency (UVBA). The UVBA claims specialist explained Greg's eligibility and entitlement to benefits through the VA and all the avenues he could use to pursue those, including a local VSO or veterans’ organization like DAV. She also outlined the process with United Veteran Benefits Agency, a

non-accredited alternative. Greg chose to work with UVBA where the team helped him file a fully developed VA Disability Claim.

After submitting the claim, the VA regional office ordered two C&P exams which confirmed Greg's conditions were service-connected. Four months later, Greg received notice he had been awarded a 40% total disability rating.

With UVBA's help navigating the complex system, Greg overcame his doubts and successfully attained VA compensation for his service-related disabilities. He now receives a tax-free monthly payment along with healthcare coverage to help treat his conditions. Greg says the disability pay has reduced his family's financial stress and allowed him to cut back his civilian work hours.

Greg's case shows that with proper guidance from a caring team of professionals, obstacles can be overcome. Veterans who are unsure if they qualify should seek out help to determine eligibility and file fully developed claims supported by evidence. Patience and persistence are key to achieving fair VA disability decisions.


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