Veterans’ Disability Compensation Benefits Requirements

There are a number of different potential benefits for which veterans may be eligible.  One such benefit is “disability compensation”.  Veterans can qualify for this benefit if they suffer from a medical condition, injury, or disease that is connected to their military service .

Disability compensation benefits are paid monthly to veterans.  The amount of the benefit is based on a percent disability rating given by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  This series of articles will discuss the basic requirements that an individual must meet in order to qualify for disability compensation benefits.

What are the requirements of disability compensation benefits

First, an individual must satisfy VA’s definition of veteran.  Generally speaking, this means that the individual applying for disability compensation benefits must establish the following two things:

  1. That the individual served on active duty in the military
  2. That the individual was not dishonorably discharged or released.

Once you establish that you meet VA’s definition of a veteran, there are three additional requirements to establish eligibility for disability compensation benefits.  They are:

  1. An in service event
  2. A current disability
  3. A “nexus” between the in service event and the current disability

Our remaining three blog articles in this series discuss these three requirements of a disability compensation claim in further detail.  You can click on the links above to go directly to them.

Need more information about veterans benefits?

Veterans benefits can be confusing.  We try to provide helpful information on our question and answer page of our website.  You may also find the articles in our blog helpful.  However, the best way to get your question answered is to have a free consultation with one of our attorneys.  You can get a free consultation by completing the “Need Help” form or calling the phone number on the right side of the page.  We look forward to hearing from you.