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Events That Warrant Service-Connection

Laura Martinez, USVCP Staff Writer

Original Publication Date: March 7, 2016

Replublished: March 16, 2018                    


You’ve probably wondered from time-to-time what type of disability warrants compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  It’s probably crossed your mind if any of your service-related accidents, or injuries, could possibly qualify for VA compensation, especially, if you have an ongoing ailment that requires medical attention.   For instance, injuries sustained during PT oftentimes get worse over time, and require constant medical attention over time.  

Perhaps you twisted an ankle during PT, and the minor injury caused you to end up on quarters for a few days, and the injury was documented in your service medical records, it’s possible you could qualify for VA compensation today.  Especially, if the injury has resulted in an arthritic ankle.


If you have ever thought for a moment what kind of injuries or military events could justify service-connected compensation today?   Well, we have a list of some of the disabilities that veterans receive VA disability compensation.  The list is not complete, and is only a list that consists of events and disabilities as shared by the veteran (USVCP given permission by the veteran to list events and disabilities.  Service-connected disabilities confirmed via VA documentation).  See list below.












  • A veteran fell from a service pole as he worked on repairing wires.  The fall broke both the veterans’ ankles.  Veteran fell 40 feet during the accident.  Veteran reported to base psychologist because he thought he was going to die during and after the trauma.  Currently, the veteran has nightmares about falling, he can no longer climb poles of any kind, and he is afraid of heights (Acrophobia).   Veteran is service-connected for osteoporosis in both ankles and PTSD.


  • A Veteran suffers from flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and depression.  Veteran reported that she was raped by her drill sergeant in basic training.   Veteran service-connected for MST.


  • A veteran is suffering from nightmares, anxiety, depression, and startle reflex from an incident that happened on his ship while in the Navy in Vietnam.  The ship was attacked by Vietcong troops while he was asleep on board.  Veteran hid under his bunk during attack.  Several crew members were injured.  Veteran reported that he believed he was going to die. Veteran is service-connected for PTSD and anxiety.












  • A veteran suffers from nightmares, fear of guns (hoplophobia), depression, and exaggerated startled reflex.  Veteran’s gun backfired during M-16 training in basic training.  The incident scared veteran badly around his face and neck.  Veteran is service-connected for anxiety.


  • Veteran suffers from diarrhea, severe bloating, and abdominal discomfort.  Veteran was struck with a bout of food poisoning while serving in Iraq.  Veteran lost 25 pounds, and was hospitalized for two weeks with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) resulting from food poisoning.  Veteran is service-connected for IBS.


  • Veteran suffers from nightmares, night sweats, startle response, anxiety, and depression.  Veteran was on duty, and was performing maintenance on his jeep when the jeep blew up.  Veteran sustained second degree burns on his face, neck, and arms.  Veteran is service-connected for PTSD, scars, and various skin conditions.


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  • Veteran suffers from nightmares, flashbacks, avoidance of ships, avoidance of engines, irritability, and trouble sleeping.  Veteran was in the boiler room on his ship when the boiler room caught fire.  Veteran was almost killed in the fire.  Veteran is service-connected for PTSD, pleurisy, TBI, and scars.


  • Veteran suffers from nightmares, fear of heights (acrophpobia), and emotional distress from things that remind veteran of the accident. Veteran fell from his dorm room window as he was cleaning the outside the window.  Veteran is service-connected for PTSD.


  • Veteran suffers from depression, fear of water, nightmares, anxiety, emotional distress, and avoids places that remind the veteran of his accident.  Veteran almost drowned in installation swimming pool as he trained for PT.  Veteran was caught in the pool drainage pipe and was unable to free himself from the drain.  He was pulled out of pool unconscious.  Veteran is service-connected for PTSD.


  • Veteran suffers from nightmares, flashbacks, exaggerated startled response, depression, anxiety, and trouble concentrating.  Veteran was fueling up a base jeep and the vehicle blew up. Veteran reported that he was certain he was going to die.  Veteran service-connected for PTSD and TBI.


  • Veteran suffers from anxiety, depression, anger, fear of weather, and flashbacks.  Veteran reported he almost died from a hurricane that hit his base.  Veteran had to hide under his bed from the hurricane and was afraid to come out of his dorm room.  Installation mental health team had to meet with veteran to get him from under his bed.  Veteran service-connected for depression and anxiety.


  • Veteran suffers from joint pain, a herniated disc, sciatica, and radiculopathy.  Veteran spent four years jumping out of C-130 aircraft.  During active military service veteran was given pain medication for back pain.  Over the year, veteran’s back pain resulted in herniated discs which required hospitalization.  Veteran is service connected for degenerative disc disease, and sciatica.