According to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data, many Veterans are unaware of VA’s disability compensation program.
Disability compensation is a monthly, tax-free payment designed to compensate Veterans for an injury or illness incurred or made worse from active military service, regardless of when they served. A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as a chronic knee condition, as well as mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Brad, an Army Veteran, finds the compensation he receives helps give him a better quality of life.
“Sometimes I can’t do the things that I used to because of my injuries. But the compensation helps out,” says Brad.
Service-disabled Veterans may also be entitled to health care, employment counseling and other benefits at no cost. For example, if your disability limits your mobility, you may qualify for a payment to buy or modify a vehicle to get around easier.
How to apply
One way for Veterans to start the application process is to enlist a person or an organization to help them with their claim. A Veterans Service Organization (VSO), claim agent or attorney can help Veterans determine which claim fits them best. Though this step is not required, most Veterans find that assistance from Veteran advocates make the process much easier by helping them prepare and submit their claim. VA provides additional resources and information here.
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An undated image of Hoda Muthana provided by her attorney, Hassan Shibly. (Associated Press)
Attorneys for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America have filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump asking the court to recognize the citizenship of an Alabama woman who left the U.S. to join ISIS and allow she and her young son to return to the United States.
U.S. soldiers surveil the area during a combined joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, November 1, 2018. Picture taken November 1, 2018. (U.S. Army/Zoe Garbarino/Handout via Reuters)
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Construction crews staged material needed for the Santa Teresa Border Wall Replacement project near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Mani Albrecht)
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(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
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