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Veterans Disability Compensation

Published on August 28th, 2017

Veterans of the US military that incur an injury or are disabled while in the service on active duty or training can claim disability compensation. This benefit is tax-free.

The amount of benefits received is dependent upon on the degree of disability, the lowest rating being ten percent disabled and the highest rating being 100 percent disabled. The claims process is quite complex and a considerable percentage of claims are disallowed, in many cases it is due to error on the part of a DVA adjudicator. In cases of claim denial, it is wise to discuss an appeal with qualified lawyers for VA claims.

Who is eligible for disability benefits?

  • Anyone in any branch of the US military who is on active duty
  • Anyone on active or inactive duty for training purposes
  • The applicant could not have been dishonorably discharged
  • The disability must be rated as at least ten percent

Evidence required when claiming benefits:

To be granted VA disability benefits the veteran applicant must provide medical evidence to substantiate his or her current disability, either physical or mental. Furthermore, there must be a direct relationship between the disease or disability and an event in military service.

Eligibility is not always evidence based; there are certain circumstances where the DVA will conclude that your current disability is service related even though you are not able to provide any substantiating evidence to that effect. Those that may be presumed eligible are those that at one time were a prisoner of war, those that have a chronic illness that becomes evident within a set time frame after discharge, veterans that were exposed to Agent Orange, as well as those that served during the Gulf War.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility or if you made a claim and were denied benefits, you should arrange to discuss an appeal with qualified lawyers for VA claims.

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