Filing a Claim for Veterans Disability Benefits
Injured veterans deserve support after suffering a disability as a result of military service. If you suffered a permanent injury which left you at least 10% disabled, you may be eligible for monthly compensation from the federal government.
What Is Disability Compensation?
Disability compensation or benefits is money provided by the federal government directly to disabled veterans on a monthly basis. The benefits depend on a veteran’s disability rating, with more disabled veterans receiving more money than veterans with a lower disability rating. The monthly payments can range from $130.94 per month for a veteran who is 10 percent disabled with no children to $3,220.60 per month for a veteran who is 100 percent disabled with a spouse, dependent children, and dependent parents.
Who Is Eligible For Benefits?
In order to be eligible for disability benefits, a veteran must meet the following conditions:
- Completed qualifying service or duty by:
- a. Serving in the uniformed services on active duty, or
- b. Serving in active duty for training, or
- c. Serving in inactive duty training,
- Was discharged under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
- Was at least 10 percent disabled by a disease or injury that occurred during service or was aggravated by service.
Additionally, some veterans’ service records automatically qualify a veteran as disabled. For example, you will be presumed disabled and eligible for compensation if you:
If you are unsure if your injury makes you eligible for VA benefits, contact Vets National Advocates for a free consultation.
How Do I Apply for Disability Compensation?
If you have been injured during your service, you can apply for disability benefits in several ways. The VA maintains an online website called eBenefits, which will walk you through the application process. You could also fill out a paper application form.
After your application has been completed and you have submitted all necessary medical documentation, your claim will be reviewed by your regional VA office. The VA will then make a determination of whether or not you are disabled, and will assign you a disability rating between 0% and 100%. If you are unhappy with the decision of the regional VA office, Vets National Advocates can assist you in appealing the decision.
CONTACT Vets National Advocates
If your claim for disability benefits has been denied, Vets National Advocates is here to help.