Department of Veterans Affairs
Disability Compensation Benefits
What Is VA Disability Compensation ?
Disability Compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active
duty, were made worse by active military service, or a result of combat experiences.
It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.
Who Is Eligible ?
You may be eligible for Disability Compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged
Under other than dishonorable conditions.
How Much Does VA Pay ?
The amount of basic benefit paid ranges from $117 to $2,527 per month (single, no dependents), depending on your disability rating.
All ratings may be appealed if you consider them insufficient.
Note: You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, if:
1 you have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
2 you have a spouse, child(ren), or dependent parent(s)
3 you have a seriously disabled spouse
How Can You Apply ?
You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation Or Pension.
If you have any of the following material, attach it to your application:
1 DD-214 (updated to include all medals and awards including the CAR if applicable)
2 Dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates)
3 Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports)
4 Corroborative letters from fellow veterans who can give substantiating information.
Note: This is a very large application and takes hours to complete: