Many veterans have become disabled post-service due to injuries or diseases they have contracted during active duty, inactive duty, and/or training. Veterans who are at least 10% disabled are eligible for disability compensation—a tax-free benefit.
Disabilities include physical and mental conditions, such as severe back pain, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Depending on the severity of the condition, compensation is paid to treat a veteran’s disability (from 10-100% of treatment costs).
CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY:
You may be eligible if you:
Have served in Uniformed Services on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training
Have been discharged under honorable conditions
Are at least 10% disabled due to an injury or disease that occurred during
active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training
PROOF OF YOUR DISABILITY:
One must provide medical evidence of the current physical or mental disability in order to receive aid.
They must also provide proof (in the form of medical records) that their disability is directly correlated to their military service.
Under certain circumstance, veterans who are former prisoners of war, have contracted certain chronic or tropical diseases, served in certain areas of the world, or been exposed to any other chemicals during service may receive benefits even though there is no direct evidence proving these particular claim.
HOW TO APPLY:
Apply online for disability compensation at:
Work with a representative or agent at:
Visit your local VA regional office. Find one near you at:
If you have dependents, an additional compensation may be added if your combined disability is over 30%.
Receiving military retirement pay, disability severance pay, or separation incentive payments may also affect compensation. More information can be found at:
If you were on inactive duty training, injury must be one or more of the following:
For more information and tips on how to apply, please visit: