VA disability compensation benefits are a monthly, tax-free
payment to Veterans who were injured, sustained a long-term illness or
experienced a worsening medical condition during their military service.
In addition to compensating Veterans whose disabilities
incurred while serving in the military, Veterans may also be granted
compensation for specific post-service medical conditions that arose because of
their military service. Known as presumptive disabilities, these conditions may
not have arisen in service but may be granted as service-connected because its
occurrence can been linked directly to military service.
VA recently added new medical conditions to a growing list
of presumptive disabilities, which you can view here. These conditions can be
presumed to have occurred because of an exposure to Agent Orange, ionizing
radiation, and service in the Gulf War.
How to file a claim for disability compensation
The COVID-19 pandemic has not halted the claims process.
Veterans can still file claims, and VA is still processing them. VA recommends
filing a claim online, but it can still be done in person or through the mail.
To get started, visit the VA disability compensation webpage and follow the
steps listed below.