Veterans Disability Compensation

Regular Army: Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

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Summary:

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays monthly Veterans Disability Compensation to Veterans who have a service-connected disability. The Veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, and the disability must not have resulted from the Veteran's willful misconduct. Compensation may be paid for disability as the result of any disease or injury incurred or aggravated by federal active service or any period of active duty for training. Compensation may also be paid for a disability incurred by injury or covered disease - cerebrovascular accident (stroke), myocardial infarction, or cardiac arrest - incurred during inactive duty for training (drilling).

Eligibility:

Active Duty Soldiers and their Families may be eligible for Veterans Disability Compensation under the below circumstances: 

  • Service in the Uniformed Services on active duty, OR
  • Active duty for training, OR
  • Inactive duty training, AND
  • You were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
  • You are at least 10% disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred in or aggravated during active duty or active duty for training, or inactive duty training
  • a surviving Spouse, Child or Parent of a Veteran with a service-connected disability

Note: If you were on inactive duty for training, the disability must have resulted from injury, heart attack, or stroke.

Benefit Highlights:

The VA can pay monthly compensation if a Veteran is at least 10% disabled as a result of military service. The amount of Veteran's disability compensation is based on the Veteran's percentage of disability, which is determined by the (VA). Additional amounts may be authorized for other severe disabilities such as loss of eyesight, limbs, creative organs, etc. Veterans having a 30% or greater rate of disability are entitled to additional allowances for their dependents. These benefits are not subject to federal or state income tax.

Disabled Veterans may also be entitled to:

  • VA grants for home adaptations necessary to accommodate daily living requirements
  • Automobile vehicle payments to assist with adaptations required to insure safe motor vehicle operation or use
  • Annual clothing allowances for Veterans who use prosthetic or orthopedic appliances.

There is no time limit to apply for compensation benefits.

Disabled Veterans may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, if:

  • He or she has very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
  • He or she has a Spouse, Child(ren), or dependent Parent(s)
  • He or she has a severely disabled Spouse

To receive Veterans Disability Compensation benefits Veterans must apply using VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits.

Current Veteran disability compensation rates are provided on the following VA website page:

http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/resources_comp01.asp

Additional Information:

For more information, please visit the official VA website:
http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/types-disability.asp

Online Resource for Americans with Disabilities:
https://www.disability.gov/

Disability Compensation Fact Sheet:
http://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/serviceconnected/Compensation.pdf

Document Review Date: 8 April 2014