The Veterans Association provides compensation of monthly benefits to Veterans in recognition of the effects of disabilities, diseases, or injuries incurred or aggravated during military service. The program also provides monthly payments to surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents.

The three most common forms of disability are:

  1. Disability
    According to the VA, disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. These disabilities are considered to be service-connected. For details regarding the online application process you can go here.

    If you would like to print and mail the application VA Form 21-526EZ. Alternatively, you may call the VA at 1-800-1000 to have the form mailed to you.

  2. Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
    DIC is a tax-free benefit payable to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of Service members who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, or to survivors of Veterans who died from their service-connected disabilities.

    More information regarding eligibility can be found here.

  3. Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)
    SMC is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to Veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses and parents.

The calculation tables associated with this benefit can be found here.

The Veterans Administration offers two Pension benefit programs, Veterans and Survivors.

  1. Veterans
    VA helps Veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.

  2. Survivors
    The Survivors Pension benefit, which may also be referred to as Death Pension, is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and/or unmarried child(ren) of a deceased Veteran with wartime service.

Pension eligibility outline can be found here.

Intent to File

The VA has an online portal you can access here if you are looking to file a claim through eBenefits. You can do so online here.

You can also fill out this form if you do not wish to file the claim online. It can be turned in at the nearest benefits office.