Disability Compensation For Veterans

Disability compensation for Veterans is a monthly tax-free benefit. Veterans that are disabled 10% or more as a result of an injury that occurred during active duty or active or inactive training. Disabilities include:

  • Physical injuries or diseases; and
  • Mental disorders, impairments, or illnesses.


To be eligible for benefits a person must have:

  • Provided service in active duty, active training, or inactive training;
  • Received a discharge other than dishonorable; and
  • Were 10% disabled or more by an injury sustained during active duty, active training, or inactive training.


A person must prove their disability by providing the following evidence:

  • Medical records proving the disability; and
  • Documentation indicating that the injury occurred during military service.


The following disabilities are presumed:

  • Prisoners of war (POW);
  • Diseases that become evident within a certain time frame after discharge;
  • Ionizing radiation exposure, mustard gas exposure, or Lewisite;
  • Herbicides exposure in Vietnam; and
  • Service in Southwest Asia during the Gulf War.


The amount of Veteran’s benefits that a person is entitled to receive varies from 10 percent to 100 percent in accordance with his or her disability. A person may also receive benefits for a secondary disability that may occur as a result of the initial disability. The benefits scale also accounts for lost wages and dependents.


If you or a loved one is a Veteran seeking to apply for disability compensation or has had an application for benefits denied, it is important to contact an experienced VA benefits lawyer who may assist you or a loved one through the process. Filing an application for Veteran’s benefits or appealing an application that has been denied, is a complex process that requires the attention of a skilled Veteran’s Affairs attorney.


The attorneys of Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP concentrate their practice in social security and Veterans Disability Law. With over 50 years of combined experience between its lawyers, our attorneys may assist you or a loved one in obtaining an Aid and Attendance Pension. Call our office at (800) 395 -7830 to schedule a consultation in our New York City, Garden City, Kings Park, Riverhead, or White Plains office.

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