How do you get benefits as a disabled veteran?


Quick Answer

Disabled veterans can apply for benefits online, from the Veteran's Administration website. Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website to apply online. In order to qualify, a veteran must be disabled as a result of injuries or diseases aggravated by active military service.

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Once on the Department of Veteran Affairs website, scroll down to the bottom of the page and select "Apply for Benefits." The forms that need to be filled out will depend on the types of benefits being sought.

  1. Find the correct form
  2. Military members who are still on active duty should fill out the application available through the VA Pre-Discharge Program before leaving active service. Vets who are already out of the military must register on the VA website to continue. Registering for an account only takes a few minutes and will require a DFAS or CAC account. Family members may also apply.

  3. Turn in the application
  4. Users can complete and mail the application to the nearest VA office or go to the office to have a VA employee file the application. When submitting the application, evidence papers such as DD214 service treatment records and medical evidence forms will need to be submitted. The time it takes for benefits to be approved varies, but will be much faster if all the necessary forms are submitted from the start.

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