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Veteran Disability Compensation

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If you are military veteran with a service-related disability you may qualify for over $3,300 in monthly benefits. These benefits are paid to veterans who have injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. These benefits are tax-free. The following is a summary of VA Disability Compensation:

VA Disability Compensation Eligibility:

You may be eligible for Disability Compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.

VA Disability Compensation Amounts:

The amount of basic benefit paid ranges from $133 to over $3,300 per month, depending on your level of disability and number of dependents.

Note: You may be paid additional amounts if:

  • you have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
  • you have a spouse, child(ren), or dependent parent(s)
  • you have a seriously disabled spouse

Click here to check out the current Veteran Disability Compensation rates.

VA Disability Compensation Application Process:

For the fastest service you should apply online through the VONAPP website, you should submit what the VA calls a "Fully Developed Claim", this simply means that you should submit all of your supporting documentation with your claim for benefits. This documentation includes: 

  • Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports), this includes both military and civilian (if any) documentation
  • You should also attach any copies of your DD214 or separation documents you may have
  • Dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates)

Remember, if you have any doubt as to whether or not you should submit documents ALWAYS SUBMIT IT!

You can also apply by filling out a VA Form 21-526 (Veterans Application for Compensation or Pension) and attaching copies of all your supporting documentation with it.

In certain circumstances you can apply for benefits before being discharged from the military, please visit our Pre-Discharge Program for Disability Compensation page for details.

For More Information Call Toll-Free 800-827-1000.

VA Travel Reimbursement

Reimbursement for mileage or public transportation may be paid to the following:

  1. Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated at 30% or more;
  2. Veterans traveling for treatment of a service-connected condition;
  3. Veterans receiving a VA pension;
  4. Veterans traveling for scheduled compensation or pension examinations;
  5. Veterans whose income does not exceed the maximum VA pension rate;

Mileage Reimbursement Rate: Mileage reimbursement  is at 41.5 cents per mile. There is a deductible mileage amount of $3.00 one way and $6.00 per round trip. The deductible is also subject to a monthly cap of $18.00, upon reaching $18.00 in deductibles travel payments made for the remainder of that month will be free of deductible charges.The deductible mileage reimbursement can be waived if you are:

  • in receipt of a VA pension
  • traveling for a scheduled compensation and pension examination
  • meet certain income levels.

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