It is estimated that nearly five million veterans, or about 27% of all veterans, have some kind of disability related to their military service, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, there are a substantial number of veterans who may be eligible for compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) who do not currently receive them. So how do you know if you are eligible for veterans disability compensation?
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently updated its disability rating schedule for certain infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, and nutritional deficiencies. This change in the schedule is meant to bring the disability ratings for these diseases in line with the current understanding of medical science. As a result, it could affect the disability ratings of many veterans who either are currently receiving disability benefits, or who are looking to receive those benefits. Continue reading “VA Updates Disability Rating Schedule For Certain Diseases”
According to the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS), more than 40 million Americans, or about one in eight people in the United States, suffers from some form of disability. However, only about 10 million people in the United States received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in that same year. Partly that’s due to variations in how disabilities are defined, but more importantly, it has to do with the difference between having a disability and being legally disabled. Continue reading “What Does It Mean to Be Legally Disabled?”
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.