Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.
You may be eligible for disability compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
The amount of basic benefit paid ranges, depending on how disabled you are.
Note: You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, if:
- You have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
- You have a spouse, child(ren), or dependent parent(s)
- You have a seriously disabled spouse
Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income, and who are age 65 or older, or, if under 65, who are permanently and totally disabled. Veterans who are more seriously disabled may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits. These are benefits that are paid in addition to the basic pension rate.
Who is eligible?
Generally, you may be eligible if:
- You were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable,
- You served at least 90 days of active military service, 1 day of which was during a wartime period. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty (There are exceptions to this rule),
- Your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law (The yearly limit on income is set by Congress),
- You are age 65 or older, OR, you are permanently and totally disabled, not due to your own willful misconduct.
There is no deadline for applying for disability benefits.
Please contact us for an appointment to discuss your situation. We can file your claim, monitor its progress and advise you on your options for appeals.
We are fully accredited to represent veterans and families before the Department of Veterans Affairs.