What you need to know to file a VA claim
- Qualified dependents
You may be eligible for VA disability benefits or compensation if you meet both of the requirements listed here.Both of these must be true:
- you have a current illness or injury (known as a condition) that affects your mind or body, and
- you served on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.
At least one of these must also be true:
- you got sick or injured while serving in the military and can link this condition to your illness or injury (called an in-service disability claim)
- you had an illness or injury before you joined the military and serving made it worse (called a preservice disability claim), or
- you have a disability related to your active-duty service that didn’t appear until after you ended your service (called a post-service disability claim).
- a chronic (long-lasting) illness that appears within one year after discharge
- an illness caused by contact with contaminants (toxic chemicals) or other hazardous materials, or
- an illness caused by your time spent as a prisoner of war (POW).
Conditions covered by these benefits
You may be able to get VA disability benefits for conditions such as:
- chronic (long-lasting) back pain resulting in a current diagnosed back disability
- breathing problems resulting from a current lung condition or lung disease
- severe hearing loss
- scar tissue
- loss of range of motion (problems moving your body)
- ulcers, and
- cancers caused by contact with toxic chemicals or other dangers.
You may also be able to get VA disability benefits for:
- traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- depression, and
- VA medical records and hospital records that relate to your claimed illnesses or injuries, or that show your rated disability has gotten worse
- private medical records and hospital reports that relate to your claimed illnesses or injuries or that show your disability has gotten worse, and
- supporting statements you’d like to provide from family members, friends, clergy members, law enforcement personnel, or those you served with. These statements would tell us more about your claimed condition and how and when it happened, or how it got worse.
For more information, visit the Veterans Affairs website.