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VA Disability Compensation Benefits

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What Is VA Disability Compensation?
Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of 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. The benefits are tax-free.  

Who Is Eligible?
You may be eligible for disability compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
 
How Much Does VA Pay?
The amount of basic benefit paid ranges, depending on how disabled you are. VA makes a determination about the severity of your disability based on the evidence you submit as part of your claim, or that VA obtains from your military records. VA rates disability from 0% to 100% in 10% increments (e.g. 10%, 20%, 30% etc.). However it does not simply just add them up it uses what is called a combined rating table.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the combined rating table an for the current VA compensation rates.

Note:  You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, 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
 How to Apply
  1. Contact our office and work with an accredited Veterans Service Officer
  2. Online using an eBenefits account
  3. Complete and mail your claim form to your nearest VA regional office
  4. Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. To find the VA regional office nearest you, use the Veterans Affairs National Facilities Locator or call VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000.
  If you have any of the following material, please attach it to your application:
  • Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
  • Dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates)
  • Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports)
 
Related Benefits
  • Priority Medical Care
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Clothing Allowance
  • Grants for Specially Adapted Housing
  • Automobile Grant & Adaptive Equipment
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance
  • Federal Employment Preference
  • State/Local Veterans Benefits
  • Military Exchange & Commissary Privileges
***Disabilities determined by VA to be related to your military service can lead to monthly non-taxable compensation, enrollment in the VA health care system, a 10-point hiring preference for federal employment and other important benefits. Ask your VA representative or Veterans Service Organization representative about Disability Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Caregiver Program, Career Services, Educational Assistance, Home Loan Guaranty, Insurance and/or Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits.

For More Information, Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000
or Visit Our Web Site at http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/compensation/.

Compensation and Pension Service – December 2013

Medina County Veterans' Service Office
210 Northland Dr.  Medina, Ohio 44256 ♦ Phone: 330.722.9368 ♦ FAX: 330.722.9378 ♦ E-mail: veterans@medinacountyveterans.org
Office Hours ♦ Monday - Wednesday - Thursday - Friday   8:00 AM - 4:00 PM ♦ Tuesday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Closed Noon – 1:00 PM for Lunch)

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