Understanding Veterans Benefits

Understanding and navigating the very complex VA system for your veteran’s benefits can be very frustrating, and intimidating in some cases. Many veterans try and apply for benefits on their own, and are successful in getting their benefits. Others are not as lucky and really struggle with trying to navigate through the different programs and benefits that are available at the VA. One of the most common benefits outside of education benefits is VA disability compensation.

The VA offers VA Disability Compensation to eligible veterans that meet specific criteria that is set by the VA. If eligible, VA disability compensation offers a monthly tax free to veterans who may have been severely sick or injured while serving in the military and the veterans military service made the existing condition worse. There are many other factors that must be true for the veteran to qualify for these benefits, below are some eligibility requirements:

ou may be eligible for VA disability benefits or compensation if you meet both of these requirements.

Eligibility for VA Disability Benefits:

Both of these must be true:

  • You have a current illness or injury (known as a condition) that affects your mind or body, and
  • You served on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training

And at least one of these must be true:

  • You got sick or injured while serving in the military—and can link this condition to your illness or injury (called an inservice disability claim), or
  • You had an illness or injury before you joined the military—and serving made it worse (called a preservice disability claim), or
  • You have a disability related to your active-duty service that didn’t appear until after you ended your service (called a postservice disability claim)

If you feel you meet the criteria, and are eligible for these benefits you can start by filing a disability compensation claim at your local veterans benefit administration. That is the first step in the process in determining if you should be compensated for your injuries that may have happened while you were in the military. For more questions on veterans benefits, please visit your local VA or call 1-800-827-1000.

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