Veteran disability benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays monthly disability benefits to qualifying veterans. Find out if you are eligible and how to file your claim.
Eligibility for VA disability benefits
You must have a current physical or mental illness or an injury that was caused or made worse by your active duty service or training to qualify for benefits. Review the VA's eligibility rules for receiving disability benefits.
If you are eligible, the VA will assign you a disability rating based on the severity of your condition. This rating determines how much disability pay you can get each month.
VA disability claim process
Evidence to support disability claim
Before you file, you will need to gather evidence to support your disability claim.
- What evidence the VA looks for to support your disability claim
- A list of documents you will need to prove your disability
- Special situations that will require additional evidence and documentation
How to file a VA disability claim
Learn how to prepare and file your claim for VA disability benefits. You can file your claim with the VA online, by phone, or in person.
If you need help, learn how to work with a trained professional to get your claim filed.
After you file for veterans disability benefits
The VA outlines what happens after you file for VA disability benefits. It can take up to six months for the VA to make a decision.
Check your claim status
Dispute a decision on your claim
If you disagree with a decision made after February 19, 2019, you can request a decision review. Choose from three decision review options.
Discover other disability benefits
Use USAGov's benefit finder tool to find other disability benefits that may help with bills, education, jobs, and more.
LAST UPDATED: January 23, 2024