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Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty or pre-existing injuries that were aggravated or made worse by active duty. It is also paid to veterans who were disabled from VA Healthcare, injured while on vocational rehabilitation, secondary to other injuries and some injuries are presumptive conditions due to active duty in a combat theater. These benefits are paid and are tax free.
Am I eligible?
All veterans are entitled to file a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Offices for disability compensation for any medical condition or injury that was incurred in or aggravated by their military service so long as the military service was discharged under conditions that were honorable. Veterans are encouraged to file a claim at time of discharge for benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs and seek representation.
What evidence do I need to bring?
Service Medical Records (SMR’s) are very important records in addition to your discharge record (DD214) at the time of filing. There are other situations in which you will have to prove that the service aggravated a pre-existing condition (aggravated service connection) and there will be disabilities that are considered presumptive disabilities as conditions of war. Some other documents to bring are: birth certificates, marriage or divorce certificates and any addresses of outside medical facilities you attended for the injuries occurred in service for medical release.
Three things that are needed for a case for service connection:
1. Service Related Injury.
2. Diagnosis from Medical Professional.
3. Connection between #1 and #2 (Nexus).
What ways are there to service connect a disability?
7. Paired Organs