The Veterans Administration provides financial benefits in the form of tax-free compensation, and lifetime pensions, to eligible Veterans – in some cases, including surviving spouses. In previous posts, we have reviewed the characteristics, coverage components, and rating structure of disability compensation for Veterans injured while in service. Below please note the details concerning eligibility for disability consideration.

Eligibility:
To be considered eligible to receive disability compensation, the Veteran must have: 1.) Served in the uniformed services on active duty; or on active duty for training; or inactive duty training. 2.) Have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. And, 3.) The Veteran was (at minimum) 10% disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred in or aggravated during active duty or active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

Evidence Required:
The VA will require medical evidence of a current physical or mental disability. This will necessitate the involvement of a primary physician, or a VA physician. In addition, evidence is required as to the relationship between your disability and an injury, disease, or event in military service. (As previously noted, certain conditions including engagement in Vietnam have been universally approved.) Medical records or medical opinions are needed to establish this relationship.

To review benefit ratings for eligible Veterans and families, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/

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– John D. Miller is the owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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