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Disability Compensation

Tax-free monthly disability compensation payments from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


Disability compensation is available to Veterans injured during active duty military service or have a pre-existing disability that worsened during your active duty service.

Common examples include:

  • Hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears) after exposure to loud noises without adequate hearing protection
  • Chronic pain and/or loss of range of motion in your back, shoulders, hips, arms, legs, feet or hands because of marching long distances while carrying heavy packs or weighted items
  • Nightmares, flashbacks to your time in service, challenges in crowded places or frequent fears from exposure to stressful environments or situations

For those eligible and approved, you receive a tax-free monthly disability compensation payment from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.


There is no time limit to file a claim for disability compensation. It does not matter how many years have passed since your date of discharge from the military.

If you already have a disability compensation rating from the VA, but your medical condition has worsened, you may file another claim for a higher monthly payout based on the worsening of your medical condition.

Special Circumstances

Special rules apply for certain medical conditions for


A Veterans Benefits Advisor will help you prepare and file your claim for disability compensation for free and completely confidential.

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