One of the most important benefits available to Veterans through the VBA is disability compensation. Through this program, you can receive up to $3,500 per month in cash benefits. Disability compensation is a tax-free cash benefit Veterans can collect who have disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred during, or made worse by, active military service.
Qualifying disabilities can be any physical or mental impairment that hinders you from being able to live independently to your fullest capacity, like losing a limb, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). You can also qualify for this disabled Veteran benefit if you experienced a disabling injury, heart attack, or stroke that occurred during inactive duty training.
If you acquire another disability after you have already transitioned into civilian life, and if the new disability is presumed to be connected to circumstances of military service or even the original disability, you may be eligible for even more cash benefits.
The VA calculates the amount of benefits you receive by taking a few factors into consideration.
These factors include the loss of working time, or the inability to work, because of your impairments.
So, as a Veteran, if you are physically or psychologically struggling to make ends meet due to service-related injuries, you can always check to see if your circumstance makes you eligible for larger payments.
To find out if your Disability Compensation payments should be increased, you can visit any VA benefits office across the country, call any federal or state VA phone number, or check the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website online.
In addition to disability compensation, you or your family members may be eligible for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), or Special Monthly Compensation.