is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active
military service. These disabilities are considered to be service-connected. Disability compensation varies with the degree
of disability and the number of veteran’s dependents, and is paid monthly. Veterans with certain severe disabilities
may be eligible for additional special monthly compensation. The benefits are not subject to federal or
state income tax.
The payment of military retirement pay, disability
severance pay and separation incentive payments known as SSB (Special Separation Benefits) and VSI (Voluntary Separation Incentives)
affects the amount of VA compensation paid to disabled veterans.
To be eligible, the service of the veteran
must have been terminated through separation or discharge under conditions other than dishonorable.
Typically, a veteran will apply for such services through
a veteran service organization such as AMVETS, Disabled American Veteran (DAV), Veterans of Foregin Wars (VFW) and a
host of other orgaizations. These orgainization have representatives who will assist veterans in gathering all of the
necessary documentation needed to process disability of pension claims.
See VSO Database for a highly recommended VSO.