Veterans Disability FAQs
Q. How do I apply for veterans disability benefits?
You will need to complete your application (VA Form 21-526) and can do so by visiting your local VA regional office or online at the VONAPP website. . You should submit your discharge papers, dependency records, and medical evidence if you have them available.
Q. What are the requirements in order to receive veterans benefits?
You must have served in the military and either retired, completed your service, or been discharged. Those that have been dishonorably discharged do not meet the requirements. It must be proven that your injuries directly relate to your service.
Q. What can I do if my VA claim is denied?
If you have been denied benefits ALWAYS file an APPEAL! You NEVER want to start a new application because you will put yourself back at square one. The closer you are to hearing in front of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), the better. This means you will have the opportunity to present an argument on why your claim should be approved.
Q. What can I do if my rating is lower than expected?
Someone from our team can help you request a higher rating. The process is similar to filing an appeal for a denied claim, and we will guide you through every step.
Q. Can a veteran’s survivor receive benefits?
Children under 18, spouses, and possibly even parents may be eligible for benefits with Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.
Additional Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I get VA 100% for PTSD due to MST?
- Can I get VA 100% for Sleep Apnea?
- Can I get TDIU for PTSD?
- What is VA Permanent and Total Disability?
- How Can I Increase My VA Disability Rating?
- Can I Work and Get TDIU?
- How Can I Get TDIU?
- What medical conditions are considered disabling?
- My disability claimwas denied. How do I file an appeal?
- Where do I file my appeal?
- What happens to an appeal if the claimant (veteran) dies before a decision is issued?
- Will I be asked to testify at my Social Security Disability hearing?
- What should I do to prepare for my Social Security Disability hearing?
- What do I do when a disabled veteran in my family can no longer manage their own disability benefits?
- How does the VA arrive at adisability rating?
- If I am injured or disabled how do I apply?
- I just started a new application/filed an appealfor disability benefitsbut have since moved/changed my phone number/started seeing a new doctor/my medical condition has worsened or improved/been prescribed and am taking new medication. What should I do?
- I just received a notice from Disability Determination Services (DDS) that states I mustundergo a medical examination by one of their doctors. Should Igo to this appointment?
- If I am denied how can I appeal the decision?
- If I am injured or disabled, when is the best time to apply?
- I just received notice that my claim was denied. Should I appeal the decision or start a new application?
- What can I do to prepare for my hearing with the Board of Veterans’ Appeals?
- If I am disabled when will I be eligible for benefits?
- I just received a Function Report questionnaire in the mail from Social Security. What should I do?
- I’ve often heard that my disability must meet a “listing”. What exactly is a listing?
- How long does it take to get a decision?
- Can abusing alcohol or illegal or prescription drugs harm my disability claim?
- I don’t have insurance, how can I get medical treatment?
- How do I apply for disability benefits?
- I am suffering from a service-connected injury, when is the best time to apply?
- How severe does my condition have to be to receive disability?
- How do I obtain a copy of my discharge/separation papers (DD 214)?
- How long will my disability benefits last?
- How do I apply for Veterans Disability Compensation?
- Can I receive more compensation from veterans benefits for dependents like my children?
- Can your VA disability benefits be garnished for child support?