How Do You Know If You Are Eligible for VA Disability Payments?


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Veterans with a physical or mental disability that renders them at least 10 percent disabled may qualify for Veterans Administration disability compensation if discharged or separated from the military under conditions other than dishonorable. The disability must result from a service-related new or aggravated existing disease or injury.

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How Do You Know If You Are Eligible for VA Disability Payments?
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VA disability compensation is paid based on the degree of the disability, and a scale system is used to rate disabilities in 10 percent increments. Disabled veterans who are rated at 30 percent or higher may qualify for an additional allowance if they have dependents.

A veteran may also qualify for benefits relative to a secondary or related disability, even if symptoms are present after the veteran is discharged from service. Veterans who receive separation incentive payments, military retirement benefits or disability severance pay may have their disability benefits offset.

Apply for VA disability compensation by clicking the Disability Compensation link under the Benefits heading on the VA.gov homepage. Next, click the Online link under the How to Apply tab on the Compensation page. An eBenefits account is required to apply online.

Print and complete VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits to send the application by mail or drop it off at a local Veterans Administration office. A list of local VA offices is available online at VA.gov/directory. As of 2015, call 800-827-1000 to request the form by mail.

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