Veterans who fought for our nation should not have to wage another battle to collect disability benefits. But as the number of VA benefits claims skyrockets, Veterans have confronted endless red tape and lengthy delays as they await claims decisions. The process of applying for and receiving benefits for Veterans’ disabilities can be a long difficult fight. One that requires extensive documentation, medical records, service records, hearings and appeals.
The path to receiving service connected disability benefits is often complicated and frustrating. To receive Veterans’ disability benefits, the Veteran initially must file VA Form 21-526, the Veteran’s Application for Compensation and/or Pension benefits. This form may be downloaded from the Department of Veterans Affairs website at www.va.gov/vaforms/ or may be filled out online at the Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) website located at www.ebenefits.va.gov. We encourage you to file this application as soon as possible. The date of your application will determine the date your benefits begin to accrue.
Who is Eligible for Benefits?:
- You must be a veteran of U.S. Armed Forces
- You were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable
What criteria must be met to be eligible for Compensation (service -connected) benefits?:
- You must have been diagnosed with a chronic disease or disability
- There must have been an incident while in service
- The disease or disability must be causally related to the incident