If you have a service-connected disability rating
click your rating on the menu to the left to find out what benefits you MAY BE eligible for.
If you don't currently have a disability rating but have disabilities, diseases, or injuries caused by or aggravated during active military service—no matter when you served—you may be eligible to receive monthly benefits.
Applying for compensation is different than applying for other benefits. It requires supporting documentation and proof of the claim or claims.
To receive compensation, you must have all of the following:
- Medical evidence of a current physical or mental disability.
- Evidence of an event, injury, or disease in service.
- Evidence of a link between your current disability and the event, injury, or disease in military service.
- We highly recommend submitting a Fully Developed Claim. A Veteran Service Officer can assist at NO COST to you!
Have copies of these forms on hand:
- Discharge or separation papers (the DD-214 or equivalent)
- Service treatment records and supporting statements
- Medical provider and hospital reports and records
- You can track the status of your claim online using eBenefits.va.gov.
- Find an accredited attorney, claims agent, or Veterans Service Organization (VSO) representative to assist you with your claim.
- If you need help filing your claim, the following resources are available to assist you:
Visit the VA website on Disability Compensation for more information.
Characterization of Service and Eligibility
Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active military service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey.
Reservists who serve on active duty establish Veteran status and may be eligible for the full range of VA benefits, depending on the length of active military service and a discharge or release from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. In addition, Reservists not activated may qualify for some VA benefits.
National Guard members can establish eligibility for VA benefits if activated for federal service during a period of war or domestic emergency. Activation for other than federal service does not qualify National Guard members for all VA benefits. Claims for VA benefits based on federal service filed by members of the National Guard should include a copy of the military orders, presidential proclamation, or executive order that clearly demonstrates the federal nature of the service.