What are VA Disability Benefits?

VA disability benefits are a monthly tax-free payment to veterans. They are paid to veterans who are determined by the VA to be disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. Veterans disability benefits are available for physical conditions, like a chronic illness or injury, and mental health conditions like PTSD. To be eligible for compensation, the veteran must have been separated or discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

How much do veterans get for disability?

How much veterans get for monthly disability compensation depends on how the VA rates their disability or condition. For veterans that have more than one condition related to their military service, their disability ratings will be combined to come up with their total amount of disability compensation.

What is a VA disability rating?

The VA assigns a disability rating based on the frequency, duration, and severity of symptoms it uses to characterize the veteran’s disability. This rating is expressed as a percentage, representing how much the disability decreases the veteran’s health and ability to function. They calculate how much money the veteran will receive each month by using that rating. If a veteran has multiple disability ratings, they use a table to calculate the combined VA disability rating. The total VA disability rating cannot be more than 100%. The veteran’s condition must have a combined rating of at least 10% in order to qualify for monthly payments.

How do you qualify for VA disability benefits?

To qualify for VA disability benefits, the veteran must have a diagnosed physical or mental medical condition caused by or incurred during military service. They will need to have medical records that show they currently have a diagnosed physical or mental health condition. The medical records or medical opinions will need to link the disability to the military service. 

What is considered a VA disability?

Physical or mental conditions that were caused or worsened by active-duty service may be eligible for VA disability benefits. Physical conditions can include chronic back pain, breathing problems, hearing loss, scar tissue, problems moving your body, cancers caused by contact with toxic chemicals and more. Mental conditions can include brain injuries, PTSD, depression and anxiety. We cover some of the most common VA disabilities here.

What to Do if You Disagree with VA’s Rating of Your Disability

The VA disability claims process can be a long and confusing task. It may be helpful to hire a veteran’s disability lawyer to handle your appeal on your behalf. We can help you determine your eligibility for veterans disability benefits and assist with the application process. We proudly serve veterans and work hard to get you the benefits you deserve. Call us today at 404-354-5432 for help with your veterans disability claim.

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