National Veterans and Military Families Month: Veterans Disability Compensation Resources

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Disability Attorneys of Michigan would like to thank all current military members and veterans for their service to this country. In honor of National Veterans and Military Families Month, we outlined the benefits available to those who become disabled during service. A detailed overview of Veterans Disability Compensation requirements is available through the National Veterans Foundation (NVF).


Defining Disability

Veterans Disability is a tax-free benefit the Veterans Administration (VA) pays those who are disabled as a result of disease or injury sustained during active duty, during training or under other conditions. The VA assigns those who are disabled due to service-connected conditions with a disability rating. Depending on severity, veterans may qualify for:

  • Priority Medical Care
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • State/Local Veterans Benefits
  • Disabled Veterans Insurance
  • Specially Adapted Housing
  • Adaptive Automobile Equipment
  • Clothing Allowances
  • Federal Employment Preferences
  • Exchange/Commissary Privileges

Comparing SSDI to VA

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Veterans Disability differ in how the programs are funded. Veterans Disability is not considered to be insurance. It is funded by the VA, not through taxes paid by military personnel. In contrast, SSDI is insurance funded through taxes workers pay under the Self-Employment Contributions Act and the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

Are You Eligible?

According to the VA, those with a disability rating for an in-service, pre-service or post-service disability claim who served in active duty, active duty training or inactive duty training may be eligible. Compensation depends on the number of dependents and the severity of your disability.

You should consider having a Veteran Service Officer review your application before you submit it, to help ensure the VA receives all required information. Please remember to attach the following documents in your application, if available:

  • Discharge/Separation Papers
  • Dependency Records
  • Medical Evidence

We Can Help

If you are disabled and unable to work, call Disability Attorneys of Michigan for a free confidential consultation. We’ll let you know if we can help you get a monthly check and help you determine if any money or assets you receive could impact your eligibility for disability benefits.

Disability Attorneys of Michigan works hard every day helping the disabled of Michigan seek the Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability benefits they need. If you are unable to work due to a physical, mental, or cognitive impairment; call Disability Attorneys of Michigan now for a free consultation at 800-949- 2900.

Let Michigan’s experienced disability law firm help you get the benefits you deserve.

Disability Attorneys of Michigan, Compassionate Excellence.

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I will never forget you and the hard work you did to secure my Social Security Disability benefits. Thank you!

- Christine C.