VA benefits are available for a range of disabilities suffered by U.S. armed service members. Disability compensation is a monthly payment made to veterans who were injured during their time of service. The sum is determined by the severity of the injury received and its resulting disability. Compensation is designed to pay for lost working potential or missed wages caused by illness or injury.
Generally speaking, the amount of money received is determined by the degree of the disability on a rating scale of 10% to 100%. The payments can range anywhere from $127 to more than $2,769 or more depending on dependents and add-ons for special circumstances. Disability Compensation is tax-free.
Additional Types of Payments
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free benefit payable to surviving spouses, children, or parents of service members killed in active duty. DIC compensation is usually given when the surviving spouse, child, or parent was financially dependent on the service member.
- Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a tax-free benefit paid to veterans or their surviving families. When paid to veterans, the compensation is used to provide a higher rate of compensation for special circumstances. For instance, service members who suffered the loss of an arm or leg may be eligible for SMC compensation.
Applying for Disability Payments
If you are a veteran and are looking to receive disability compensation, you must first fill out an application.
Other Forms of Compensation
Not all forms of veterans disability compensation come in monetary payments. Should you be in need of a different kind of aid, it may be a possibility. Some other forms of compensation include health care, a pension, a grant to build a home designed to accommodate a wheelchair, grants for specialized motor vehicles, and even access to dependent-care assistant programs. In order to find out if you are eligible for any of these types of reparations, you can file a claim to the Veterans’ Affairs Office. Often your ability to receive such benefits is determined by the disability rating you received when you were either discharged or when you were later evaluated. If your rating is not high enough to get you the aid you need, you should seek to raise your score to where it should rightly be.
Free Veterans Disability Case Evaluation
For a free evaluation of what compensation you may be entitled to, call the nationwide veterans disability attorneys of Bosley & Bratch at (800) 953-6224 or fill out our free evaluation form. Wherever you are and whatever your needs may be, our firm is here to help.