In America, if you have gotten sick or received an injury during your service to the military, or if your service has made an existing problem worse. You might be able to claim disability benefits. Depending on your disability score, you may be entitled to different levels of compensation. Click here to find out how to get 100 percent disability status.
Physical injuries and illnesses or mental health problems, including PTSD, all qualify you for compensation.
Other things that qualify you for benefits include:
- Any Scarring
- Hearing Loss
- Back Pain
- Lung Conditions
- Brain Trauma
To be eligible to claim VA disability benefits, you must have a condition or injury that affects you and meet one of the following criteria.
- Got ill during service to the military.
- Had a condition prior to service that was made worse by service.
- Have an illness or condition that did not show until you had finished service.
Compensation for disability can also be used to pay for any medical bills or loss of quality of life due to military caused injuries or conditions.
There are several types of Compensation the government offers. They are as follows:
DIC- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
This is where the government pays a living spouse or child a tax-free chunk of money after a service member has died during active duty or if they died from service-related illnesses as a veteran.
SMC- Special Monthly Compensation
This is another tax-free compensation that is paid to any veterans, living spouses, or family. If a veteran needs a carer, due to things like loss of limbs, hearing, or sight, they can claim SMC. The amount paid varies depending on the severity of the disability and the level of care that the veteran is going to require. SMC is often known as Aid and Attendance pay. SMC is usually a higher level of compensation than the compensation that veterans who do not need a full-time carer will receive.
VA also provides a number of other benefits to ex-servicemen with disabilities.
Here are a few of them:
Adaptive Housing Grant
The VA has a housing grant system for veterans with disabilities. This allows them to buy or adapt a home for their disability.
This grant will allow veterans to claim money to pay for things like:
- Constructing a disability-friendly home
- Adapt an existing home to be disability-friendly
- Offset the grant against an unpaid mortgage on a house already purchased without the grant
For more information, please visit this website https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp.
Disabled Veteran Insurance – S-DVI
The S-DVI program was created to allow veterans with a disability to overcome insurance-related stipulations. S-DVI comes in the form of several permanent plans.
You can apply if you meet the following four conditions:
- You were released from duty without dis-honorable discharge.
- You have a veteran disability rating of 0% or over.
- You have no conditions except service-related ones.
- You have applied for S-DVI withing two years of being granted a disability classification.
For more information on S-DVI, please follow this link https://www.benefits.va.gov/INSURANCE/s-dvi.asp.
If you are a veteran and have suffered illness or disability from your service, you are not alone. The government is putting a lot of time and effort into ensuring that veterans receive the care they deserve. Make sure you take time to research every benefit you may be entitled to in order to make the most out of the money and help you are entitled to.