Summary of the Investigation

Veterans receiving benefits through the Veterans’ Benefits Act are often simultaneously enrolled in private, long-term disability plans (“LTD Plans”) offered through their civilian employers.  Instead of allowing veterans to receive the full benefits from both the private LTD Plan and the Veterans’ Benefits, the LTD Plan may attempt to “offset” the amount of long-term disability payments by claiming that the income received as Veterans’ Disability Compensation should be used to decrease the amount paid under the LTD Plan.

Cohen Milstein is currently investigating whether certain LTD Plans that offset or reduce long-term disability benefits because the beneficiary is simultaneously receiving veterans’ disability compensation is proper under the terms of the LTD Plan and/or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”).  If the LTD Plan is not allowed to offset the LTD benefits with veterans’ benefits, the veteran may be entitled to additional benefits under the LTD Plan.

What Information Do We Need From You

We will want to obtain some information in order to investigate your claim, including copies of your employer’s policies or plans regarding long-term disability benefits.  If you do not have copies of these documents, we can assist you in making a request for copies.  There is no charge to you for us to assist you in making this request or for us to evaluate your case.

Whom to Contact for More Information

If you are a veteran receiving both Veterans’ Benefits and long-term disability payments through a private disability plan and your private plan has offset the amount of your benefit payments by some amount based on your receipt of veterans’ benefits, please contact one of the following persons for more information:

R. Joseph Barton, Esq. jbarton@cohenmilstein.com 
Grace Jang, Paralegal, gjang@cohenmilstein.com
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC
1100 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20005 
Telephone: 888-240-0775 or 202-408-4600