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VA Disability Compensation Options

Veteran with spinal cord injury performing therapy.

Disability Compensation is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a injury or disease incurred or made worse during active military service. Compensation may also be paid for disabilities that arise after discharge and are considered related to military service. Generally, the degrees of disability specified are also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses. See our Veteran Disability Compensation page for more details.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit payable to surviving spouses, children, or parents of Servicemembers who died on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training or survivors of Veterans who died from their service-connected disabilities. DIC for parents  is an income-based benefit. See our Dependency and Indemnity Compensation page for more details.

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to Veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses and parents. For Veterans, Special Monthly Compensation is a higher rate of compensation paid due to special circumstances such as the need of aid and attendance by another person or a specific disability, such as loss of use of one hand or leg. For spouses and surviving spouses, this benefit is commonly referred to as aid and attendance and is paid based on the need of aid and attendance by another person. See our Special Monthly Compensation page for more details.

Other Benefits: VA provides additional housing and insurance benefits to Veterans with disabilities, including Adapted Housing grants, and Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection.

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