What Am I Eligible For?

If you have a service-connected disability rating


Find your rating to see what benefits you MAY BE eligible for.

If you don't currently have a disability rating but have disabilities, diseases, or injuries caused by or aggravated during active military service—no matter when you served—you may be eligible to receive monthly benefits.

Applying for compensation is different than applying for other benefits. It requires supporting documentation and proof of the claim or claims.

Vet Family

If you have a service-connected disability rating

To receive compensation, you must have all of the following:

  1. Medical evidence of a current physical or mental disability.
  2. Evidence of an event, injury, or disease in service.
  3. Evidence of a link between your current disability and the event, injury, or disease in military service.


Visit the VA website on Disability Compensation for more information.

Characterization of Service and Eligibility

Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active military service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Reservists who serve on active duty establish Veteran status and may be eligible for the full range of VA benefits, depending on the length of active military service and a discharge or release from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. In addition, Reservists not activated may qualify for some VA benefits.

National Guard members can establish eligibility for VA benefits if activated for federal service during a period of war or domestic emergency. Activation for other than federal service does not qualify National Guard members for all VA benefits.