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Disability Compensation for Veterans


Disability Compensation

Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as a chronic knee condition, as well as a mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


  • Service in the Uniformed Services on active duty, OR
  • Active duty for training, OR
  • Inactive duty training, AND
  • You were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
  • You are at least 10% disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred in or aggravated during active duty or active duty for training, or inactive duty training
    Note: If you were on inactive duty for training, the disability must have resulted from injury, heart attack, or stroke.

Presumed Benefit

  • Former prisoners of war
  • Veterans who have certain chronic or tropical diseases that become evident within a specific period of time after discharge from service
  • Veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation, mustard gas, or Lewisite while in service
  • Veterans who were exposed to certain herbicides while serving in Vietnam
  • Veterans who served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War

Evidence Required

  • Medical evidence of a current physical or mental disability, AND
  • Evidence of a relationship between your disability and the injury, disease, or event in military service. Medical records or medical opinions are required to establish this relationship.

Note:  Under certain circumstances, VA may conclude that certain current disabilities were caused by service, even if there is no specific evidence proving this in your particular claim. The cause of a disability is presumed for the following Veterans who have certain diseases.


Benefit Amount is graduated according to the degree of the Veteran's disability on a scale from 10% to 100% (in increments of 10%).

Secondary disabilities may also be compensated if the disabilities are considered related-to or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service.

Degree of disability is designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses.

Dependents, if you have any dependents, may increase any additional allowance if your combined disability is rated 30% or greater.

Your compensation may be offset if you receive military retirement pay, disability severance pay, or separation incentive payments.

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How to Apply?

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Last Review and Update: Jun 30, 2015
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