Service-related Disability Compensation for Veterans

According to the Veteran’s Administration (www.va.gov):

Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to Veterans who are determined by VA to be disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service up to $3,458.06, for example of a married veteran with children and 100% disability.

These disabilities are considered to be service-connected. To be eligible for compensation, the Veteran must have been separated or discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.  Monthly disability compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of eligible dependents. Veterans with certain severe disabilities may be eligible for additional special monthly compensation (SMC). Disability compensation benefits are NOT subject to federal or state income tax.

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).

Benefit

The benefit amount is graduated according to the degree of the Veteran’s disability on a scale from 10 percent to 100 percent (in increments of 10 percent). Compensation may also be paid for disabilities that are considered related 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.

Eligibility

  • 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

Presumed Disability

  • 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, e.g. Agent Orange such as by serving in Vietnam
  • Veterans who served in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War

Glenn A. Deig, a VA Accredited Attorney and office would like to thank you for your service.  Teddy Roosevelt said: “A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.”  We truly believe this and would like to assist you in any way we can to improve your life.

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