Frequently Asked Questions about Veterans Disability Benefits
Q: I’m not a veteran of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. Can I still claim disability benefits?
A: Yes. In order to qualify for benefits, you need to have developed or suffered a disabling injury or condition while on active duty in the military. Veterans of all kinds can apply, regardless of which war they served in.
Q: I wasn’t involved in combat, but I served in the military for a few years and became disabled while at work. Are benefits available for me?
A: Yes. The Department of Veterans Affairs website states that “if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions,” you can get benefits for your disability.
Q: Is there a waiting period for me to receive benefits?
A: Aside from the time it takes to receive and process your application, there is no wait time for your benefits. If you can prove that your disability keeps you from working and was the result of serving in the military, you don’t have to wait a certain amount of time before applying.
Q: If I’m not receiving enough benefits from the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs. Can I apply for SSD also?
A: Yes. Social Security offers benefits for wounded veterans. If you get benefits from VA, you’re not necessarily excluded from getting benefits from Social Security. Veterans who are injured and unable to work or engage in substantial gainful activity can receive benefits from both programs.
Q: Will my disability be reviewed?
A: The Department of Veterans Affairs will periodically discuss your condition with you and communicate with your treatment providers to make sure that your benefits are appropriate.
Q: What is the difference between pension and disability benefits?
A: Pension is paid to permanently and totally disabled veterans or those over age 65 who are living on limited or no income and not dishonorably discharged. Disability benefits are paid to veterans according to their level of disability. If you qualify for both programs, you may be able to receive benefits for both.