Do You Qualify for Veterans Disability Benefits?

After military service, many veterans—especially those who saw combat—suffer from deteriorated physical or mental health. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) makes financial compensation available to veterans who suffered a disability linked to their service.

What Are VA Disability Benefits?

VA Disability Benefits are monthly, tax-free cash benefits paid to veterans who are disabled as the result of an injury or illness which was acquired during active-duty military service—or veterans who had an existing condition made worse as the result of their active-duty military service.

The VA will pay monthly compensation to those veterans who are considered at least 10% percent disabled—provided that disability came about as the result of their service.

Qualified Recipients

The VA adheres to a strict set of guidelines when determining if you or your family members are eligible for benefits. You may qualify for benefits if you are a:

  • Veteran: As a veteran, you may be eligible for compensation, pension, or other benefits if you have a service-related disability—provided you were discharged from military service under any conditions other than dishonorable.
  • Veteran Dependent: A veteran’s spouse, a former spouse who has not remarried, a veteran’s children, and even a veteran’s parents may be eligible to receive certain veterans benefits under certain conditions.
  • Veteran Survivor: The surviving spouse, child, or parent of a deceased veteran may qualify for benefits. These include burial benefits, pensions, gratuity payments, and dependency or indemnity compensation.

Veterans with serious disabilities who cannot return to the workforce may access services designed to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. A veteran who is at least 65 years of age—or one who is on a limited income and permanently, totally disabled—may also qualify for a monthly pension.


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