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VA disability compensation (pay)
This is a monthly tax-free payment to Veterans who got sick or injured while serving in the military and to Veterans whose service made an existing condition worse. You may qualify for VA disability benefits for physical conditions (like a chronic illness or injury) and mental health conditions (like PTSD) that developed before, during, or after service. Find out how to apply for and manage the Veterans disability benefits you've earned by calling us at 262-741-4222.
Am I eligible for VA disability compensation?
You may be able to get VA disability benefits or compensation if you have a current illness or injury (known as a condition) that affects your body or mind and you meet the requirements listed below.
Both of these must be true. You:
• Served on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, and
• Have a disability caused by an injury, illness, or exposure during your service
And at least one of these must be true. You:
- Got sick or injured while serving in the military—and can link this condition to your illness or injury (called an in-service disability claim), or
- Had an illness or injury before you joined the military—and serving made it worse (called a pre-service disability claim), or
- Have a disability related to your active-duty service that didn’t appear until after you ended your service (called a post-service disability claim)
Presumed disabilitiesIf you have a disability that’s been diagnosed by a doctor and that the VA considers to be related to your military service because of a specific aspect of that service, you may be able to get disability benefits based on this presumed disability. This usually applies to:
- A chronic (long-lasting) illness that appears within one year after discharge, or
- An illness caused by contact with contaminants (toxic chemicals like Agent Orange) or other hazardous materials, or
- An illness caused by your time spent as a prisoner of war (POW)