veterans benefits eligibility

Overview of Veterans Benefits Program

As compensation for their military service, United States veterans may be eligible to receive special benefits from the government. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), “compensation” most often refers to either compensation for a disability that is a direct result of an injury sustained while on duty, or a pension for service that is available for veterans over 65.

Certain parts of the veterans disability compensation program are designed to help service men and women who have sustained a physical or mental injury while on duty. While this specific type of VA benefit is not directly associated with the Social Security disability program, veterans who qualify may also be eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits. These two programs require separate applications and claims will be handled by different agencies.

Veterans Benefits Eligibility

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces (including the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard), their spouse, children, or dependents may be qualified to receive a variety of veterans benefits. Veterans benefits eligibility is determined first and foremost by the terms of each serviceman or servicewoman’s discharge: every serviceman and servicewoman discharged for any reason other than dishonorable may qualify.  The minimum duty requirements vary for each situation, and the VA encourages all veterans to apply.

Survivors of veterans, including parents, may also be eligible to receive benefits.

Veteran Compensation for a Disability

In order to receive compensation from the VA, service men and women must be able to demonstrate that they are at least 10% disabled. This disability must be “service related,” meaning it was sustained while on active military duty. In addition, the disability must be medically diagnosed and in most cases it cannot be a condition you’ve recovered from. For more detailed information regarding your eligibility, visit the VA’s page on disability benefits.

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