Veterans Benefits

Veterans benefits are perhaps the most misunderstood and underutilized resources available to millions of veterans and their families.  While it is commonly known that certain benefits are available for the brave men and women who served in our armed forces, many veterans and their families are unaware that they could be eligible for an even wider range of benefits through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), even if they did not directly retire from the military or suffer injuries in the line of duty.

Mary Woodruff is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to prepare, present and prosecute claims for veterans' benefits. 

Admitted to U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

Member of the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc.


Attorney Woodruff is passionate in helping veterans and their families throughout the United States obtain the disability benefits they are entitled to from the VA. I can assist you in navigating the process involved with obtaining your benefits.  As a wife of a veteran and having several family members who are veterans and also active in the military, I am well aware of the stress and difficulties in obtaining benefits from the VA.    I will be your advocate.  Contact my office for more information.


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You may be entitled to compensation and benefits for:

Service connection of your disabilities

Increased disability compensation


PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Agent Orange (please call to discuss if you also served in Japan during the Vietnam Era)

Expedited process for homeless veterans

Aid and attendance

Special monthly compensation for a disabled spouse

Special adapted housing or home adaptation

Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151 (disabilities caused or aggravated by treatment, rehabilitation or work therapy through the VA)

Medical malpractice injuries caused by the VA Healthcare system

In addition to your disability compensation, the following Veterans Benefits are available to eligible beneficiaries:

  • Veterans Health Care - The Veterans' Health Care Eligibility Reform Act was passed by Congress in October 1996, paving the way for the Medical Benefits Package plan to be made available to all enrolled veterans.  This package emphasizes preventive and primary care and offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services.
  • Special Monthly Compensation - Provides a monetary compensation (in addition to the regular VA Disability Compensation) to a veteran who, as a result of military service, incurred the loss or the loss of use of specific organs or extremities. 
  • Survivor Benefits - Surviving family members of veterans are entitled to certain benefits that can help ease their financial difficulties.
  • Disability Compensation - Certain military veterans with a service-related disability may qualify for regular monthly benefits.  These benefits are generally tax free and are paid to veterans who have injuries or diseases that occurred while on active duty, or were aggravated and made worse by active military service.  It is also paid to certain veterans disabled as a result of care provided by VA medical facilities.
  • Employment and Training - The Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor and the Department of Education all administer a number of employment, education, and training programs for veterans. 
  • Burial and Memorial - In exchange for the service that veterans have selflessly given to the United States, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense provide several memorial and burial services for eligible active duty, Reserve, Guard, retired and veteran members.  All veterans and military family members should be aware of the memorial benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs before they are actually needed. 
  • Death Pension - The VA Death Pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans.
  • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation - A monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of certain deceased veterans.
  • Parents DIC - Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is an income-based monthly benefit for the parents of a military service member or veteran who has died.
  • Veterans Life Insurance - Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance is a program that provides low cost group life insurance to service members on active duty, ready reservists, members of the National Guard, members of the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Public Health Service, cadets and midshipmen of the four service academies and members of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Many eligible veterans are denied benefits when they first file a claim.  Veterans and their families should be aware that they can appeal these decisions.  Having a VA accredited attorney with you can help make this process less burdensome.  At Woodruff Law Firm you will receive personal attention, compassion and understanding. 


The information provided is for informational purposes only, and is not to be construed as legal advice on any subject.  No attorney-client relationship is formed until the case is accepted by our office and an agreement is signed.