Veterans who experience service-related injuries, illnesses, or have preexisting conditions worsened by their military service are eligible for VA disability compensation. This compensation is a tax-free monthly payment. Both physical conditions, such as chronic illnesses or injuries, and mental health conditions like PTSD, which occur before, during, or after service, may qualify for VA disability benefits.
This article aims to provide comprehensive information on how to apply for these benefits.
Veterans who were exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, or other toxic substances now have enhanced access to VA health care and benefits through the new PACT Act. Further details are available for those interested.
Note: In some cases, the VA may presume that a health problem you are experiencing is directly caused by a service you received. These are known as presumptive conditions. Compensation for a presumptive condition does not require proof that your service directly caused the illness or injury. Fulfilling the presumptive service requirements qualifies you for the presumption.
If you were discharged under conditions other than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable, you may not be eligible for VA disability benefits. However, you can apply for a discharge upgrade. Learn more about the process.
Note: The VA’s Character of Discharge review process can determine your eligibility for benefits despite a less-than-honorable discharge. This investigation may take up to a year. Find more information about it.
You may be eligible for benefits if you have any of the following conditions:
For a complete list of covered illnesses, you can download Title 38, Code of Federal Regulation, 3.309(a) (DOC).
Your disability must be directly linked to an event, injury, or exposure that occurred during your military service. Medical records, reports, or other documentation can support this.
The circumstances of a veteran’s service can make it easier to service-connect certain claims. If you served in a specific location involving chemical exposures, or if your disabilities manifested within a certain period of time after service, VA will presume that certain conditions are related to military service. Specifically, presumptive conditions can include certain chronic diseases, or conditions related to Camp Lejeune water contamination or Agent Orange.
You may be eligible for benefits if you suffer from a disability caused or aggravated by a condition that is already service-connected.
Benefits may be available if your military service aggravated an existing condition. During military service, your condition must have worsened beyond its natural progression.
The VA benefits system presents unique challenges and complexities. We are committed to meeting the needs of every disabled veteran. We provide personalized and dedicated representation to help you navigate the process for receiving benefits.
We handle every VA benefits case as a team, relying on team collaboration and expertise for the best possible results. We work with a multidisciplinary approach that allows for comprehensive analysis, thorough preparation, and effective representation throughout the entire process.
We have an excellent track-record in helping veterans obtain benefits for their service-connected disabilities. Time and again, our extensive knowledge of the VA system, regulations, and requirements have helped increase the chances of securing benefits.
Filing a disability claim can be complex and confusing. Therefore, the VA strongly recommends seeking assistance from an accredited representative or a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) when filing a claim or appeal. VSOs are certified and trained advocates who specialize in handling claims and appeals for Veterans, active-duty service members, their families, and the deceased. They can address all your VA-related needs.
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