Service Connected Disability
Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty or active duty for training.
A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as a chronic knee condition, as well as mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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.
Generally, the degrees of disability specified are also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses.
If you have dependents, an additional allowance may be added if your combined disability is rated 30% or greater.
Your compensation may be offset if you receive military retirement pay, disability severance pay, or separation incentive payments. Once you are 50% service connected, you will receive your military retirement and VA compensation in full.
Service in the Uniformed Services on active duty
Active duty for training
Inactive duty training
You were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
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
Note: If you were on inactive duty for training, the disability must have resulted from injury, heart attack, or stroke.
Medical evidence of a current physical or mental disability
Evidence of a relationship between your disability and an injury, disease, or event in military service.
Medical records or medical opinions are required to establish this relationship.
Note: Under certain circumstances, VA may conclude that certain current disabilities were caused by service, even if there is no specific evidence proving this in your particular claim. The cause of a disability is presumed for the following Veterans who have certain diseases.
During a weekend drill, an Army Reservist injures her knee while participating in unit physical training. She is eligible for compensation for residuals of the knee injury.
An individual enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 10, 1988, and served for a period of 3 years. He was honorably discharged on June 9, 1991. During his active duty, he fell from a bunk and injured his back. Based on his active service, he is entitled to service-connected benefits for the residuals of his back injury.
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The best way to apply for disability compensation is by contacting the Clark County Veterans Office and scheduling an appointment today. When applying for compensation benefits /pension, you must have access to the following information: