Guidelines for Filing Veteran's Disability Claims

Filing for veterans' disability claims can be a little bit challenging if you are unaware of the ins and outs to successful benefits application. Each beneficiary must follow standard procedures if he wants his disability benefits get processed faster. Below are some of the basic guidelines for those who plan to apply for the veterans' disability benefits:

  1. Review the veterans' disability claims eligibility before submitting an application to make sure that you are qualified for the benefits. If you apply for the veterans' disability pension, take note of your "countable income" and see if it the amount conforms to the yearly limit approved by the Congress. Check the Disability Pension Rate Table found in the Veterans Affairs website for the matter.

  2. Always use VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension when filing the claim, whether you are applying online or via traditional mail. Verify all the information you provided to make sure that you entered the correct data and have completed the form.

  3. If in case after submitting your application you received a letter from the VA asking for more supplemental documents, furnish and send the requested supporting records as soon as possible to avoid delays. If unsure what specific document to send, you can always inquire VA at 1-800-827-1000.

  4. In some cases, VA may request for the applicant to undergo medical examination. If you fall into this situation, you don't have to worry about the costs the test accrues—VA fully shoulders the expenses. Just see to it that you appear in every medical examination session ordered by VA for you to undergo. Failure to follow VA's request may result denial of your application for veterans' disability claims.

How do I qualify for VA disability compensation?

In order to qualify for VA disability compensation, you have to meet certain eligibility requirements. You have to have suffered from some type of disability that came about as the result of serving in the military. In some cases, you would also qualify if your disability was made worse by military service. You also have to have been discharged from the military without having a dishonorable discharge. If you meet these criteria, you may be able to receive over $3000 in tax-free disability benefits from the Veterans Administration office. You can apply with the VA to be considered for benefits. 

What is the difference between VA disability compensation and VA pension?

VA disability compensation and VA pension are very similar benefits, but there are a few differences between them. You will receive VA disability compensation only if you are disabled during military service. You can receive a VA pension even if you are not disabled. Individuals who have very low incomes or no incomes can qualify for VA pensions. You could potentially receive both VA disability compensation and a VA pension depending on your unique situation. You have to have been discharged without a dishonorable discharge in order to qualify for either or both.

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