How to Access Disabled American Veterans Benefits
Disabled veterans returning to civilian life often struggle with locating and accessing benefits available to them. The myriad of websites and agencies are quite overwhelming to navigate, leading to frustration with the inability to find necessary information.
Fortunately, we have scoured the internet for you and compiled this guide detailing useful resources for accessing benefits for disabled American veterans. DoNotPay further streamlines this information to assist you in locating and signing up for disabled veteran benefits.
Benefits Available to Disabled Veterans
There are several federal benefits available to disabled American veterans. These are as follows:
- Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) or a Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant
- Tax-free monthly disability compensation
- Free health care and prescription medications
- Vocational rehabilitation and employment
- Burial and plot allowance
- Life insurance
- Free tax preparation and filing
- Student loan forgiveness
- Readjustment counseling and support
Locating Benefits for Disabled American Veterans on Your Own
Researching eligible benefits for disabled American veterans begins with a web search of federal agencies. However, these sites do offer an overwhelming amount of information that must be carefully reviewed. Here are some general places to begin your search for disabled veterans' benefits:
|USA.gov||Federal government's portal website guide to disability benefits.|
|VA.gov||U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Contains a disability section to check your disability claims and file for an increase in benefits.|
|SBA.gov||The Federal government's small business program website contains information on service-disabled veteran-owned small business programs.|
|SSA.gov||Social Security website containing disability benefits information for wounded warriors.|
|Military.com||Information on compensation options, pay rates, filing a disability claim, and several other benefits for disabled American veterans.|
|eBenefits.va.gov||Federal government portal for applying and managing disability benefits.|
|VA State Departments of Veterans Affairs Offices||This site contains links to each state's Department of Veterans' Affairs. Consult your state's local benefits site for additional information on other benefits and services.|
How to Prepare for Filing for Disabled American Veterans’ Services
Before you apply for disabled veterans benefits, check if you're eligible for compensation through the eligibility website. This page contains information on which forms you may need to turn in with your application. Be sure to compile any required documentation as evidence for your case. Supporting documents consist of the following:
- VA medical records and hospital records related to your illness or injury that show your rated disability has worsened.
- Private medical records and hospital reports demonstrate the claimed illness or injury has worsened.
- Supporting statements from family members, friends, clergy members, law enforcement personnel, or those that served with you that substantiate your condition and how it occurred and how it has worsened.
As part of the preparation process, you may file an intent to file the form if you are applying by mail. This lets the VA know that you are still gathering your documentation and gives you one year to complete the application process. The intent to file form avoids having a later potential benefits effective date. An intent to file can also enable you to receive retroactive payments. Filing online automatically notifies the VA of your intent to file, and no other forms are necessary.
How to Apply for Disabled American Veterans’ Disability Services
Once you have confirmed your eligibility for disability benefits and compiled the necessary supporting documentation, you can file using one of the methods below:
- Apply online with VA Form 21-526EZ
- Apply by mail by sending your completed application for Veterans Compensation and/or Pension to the address below: Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center PO Box 4444 Janesville, WI 53547-4444
- Bring your completed application to a VA regional office near you. Your nearest office can be located on this website.
- Apply by phone by calling 800-827-1000.
Applying for Disability Benefits if You Can’t Do It Yourself
Preparing and applying for veterans' disability benefits can be a tedious process, requiring great attention to detail. Any errors or omissions can cause the application to be rejected, requiring resubmission, which can delay your benefits.
The VA offers the help of an accredited representative for assistance in filing your claim. These trained professionals can assist you in gathering your supporting documents and filing a claim or appeal on your behalf.
However, finding this professional requires searching through the eBenefits website for a local representative and then filing the appropriate form with the VA to notify them that they are working on your behalf.
How DoNotPay Can Help You to Access and File for American Veterans’ Disability
DoNotPay can help you find disabled veterans' information and assist you with the application process quickly in three easy steps:
- Search for and open the Military Protection product on DoNotPay.
- Select whether you want to 1) locate the nearest VA office, 2) access veteran benefits, or 3) locate service records.
- Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to help you and find the nearest office or fill out the appropriate forms.
Why Use DoNotPay to Apply for American Veterans’ Disability
Using DoNotPay's method to locate and apply for veterans' disability benefits saves you valuable time with our easy-to-follow procedure. What would normally take hours to complete, can be done in just a few minutes. You can rest assured that we will make the best case for you when applying for your disability benefits.
Use DoNotPay for Assistance With Other Veterans’ Benefits
DoNotPay can also assist you in seeking other veterans' benefits information with the following links:
- Veterans' death benefits
- Veterans' health insurance
- Veterans' home loans
- Veterans' benefits for assisted living
- Veterans' burial benefits
- Veterans' education benefits
- Veterans' pension
With DoNotPay's innovative platform, we help you cut through bureaucratic red tape, find you money, and resolve many common administrative issues. Rather than trudging through pages of confusing information and application instructions, DoNotPay streamlines the process to get your claim delivered more efficiently.