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Understanding Veteran’s Disability Benefits

What Exactly are Veteran’s Disability Benefits?

By Attorney Gordon Johnson

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The Veterans administration provides veterans and veteran’s families with supplemental income for those who are having financial difficulties.  The Veterans Pension benefit is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime veterans. The Veterans Administration gives Veteran’s Disability Benefits (compensation) to qualifying veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that occurred or were aggravated while in active military service.

The degrees of disability is also designed to compensate for loss of working time from qualifying injuries or illnesses.

How Do I know if I Qualify for Veteran’s Disability Benefits?

Three questions to ask yourself:

  1. Do I have a medically diagnosed disability?
  2. Did my injury or disease occur while serving in the military?
  3. Is my injury because of serving in the military during the time I was serving?

If the answer to these three questions is yes, you may qualify for Veteran’s Disability Benefits.

The rules for serving after September 7, 1980 are:

  • Served for at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called to active duty (some exceptions apply) or or those who served before September 7, 1980 the rules are:
  • You had to have been an active service member for a period of 90 days or longer
  • You must have been in war for at least one day

In Addition, Other Qualifying Factors for Veteran’s Disability Benefits:

  • Age 65 or older OR
  • Totally and permanently disabled OR
  • Receiving Social Security Disablility Insurance OR
  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income OR
  • A patient in a nursing home and is receiving skilled nursing care

Additional VA Benefits

There may an additional benefit to make a veteran or surviving spouses eligible for financial aid. For those that are housebound and require an aid or another person in attendance there may be additional monetary assistance.

How Do I Apply for Veteran’s Disability Benefits?

The VA suggests that the best way to apply is to fill out an application on-line.  You will have to establish and eBenefits account at  Before you get started you must collect the following information as you will be asked for information regarding these items while applying:

  • Discharge and or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
  • Medical evidence (doctor or hospital reports)
  • Dependency records (marriage and children’s birth certificates)

You may also print out the application and mail it in by downloading the following form:

VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits from the VA Website or call VA at 1-800-827-1000 to have the forms mailed to you.

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