How to Claim the Injured Veteran Benefits You Deserve

Military Protection How to Claim the Injured Veteran Benefits You Deserve

How to Receive the Injured Veteran Benefits You Deserve

Injured veteran benefits are easy to miss out on. Veterans enter military service with the promise of being taken well care of for the rest of their lives after their honorable discharge. Federal and local entities provide plenty of services, from benefits guaranteed by the GI Bill to housing subsidy programs. But many of these programs are diffuse, poorly promoted, or convoluted.

Many veterans programs are available if one knows where to look. The truth of military veterans compensation programs is that while many are properly funded for their function, promotion tends to be a low priority. Worse still, accessibility is rarely a priority. These services are bureaucratic labyrinths more often than not -- so the best way to wrangle them is to enlist some assistance with the process.

Which Veterans Benefits Are Available?

Veterans’ disability benefits start with a monthly stipend, but they don't end there. While many benefits are available for all former service members, injured veterans can qualify for additional programs. Thanks to the GI Bill, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) both directly provides and informally supports many programs regarding veterans' disability claims. Here are the major veteran disability benefits the VA offers:

VA Monthly Disability CompensationVeterans administration disability benefits all start here. A tax-free, monthly stipend is provided to all injured veterans. Any veterans who got sick, injured, or had a preexisting health issue exacerbated during their service are entitled to this benefit. This program covers both physical and mental injuries or illnesses. To meet the basic eligibility requirements, you must:

  1. Currently suffering from an injury or illness that affects your mind or body.
  2. Served in the military on active duty, active or inactive duty training.

Injuries or illnesses from before the period of military service must have been exacerbated during the period of service. Injuries or illnesses that manifested after service was complete, and are related to military service, are considered "postservice disabilities", and eligible for compensation.

VA Disability Housing Grants for Injured VeteransVeterans administration disability compensation includes housing grants. These benefits are for:

  • Veterans who own, or will soon own, a home.
  • Veterans who suffer from a service-connected disability.

For the fiscal year 2022, housing grants max out at $101,754. These benefits do not need to be maxed out if the home purchase or building project costs less than this amount.

VA Pensions for Low-Income Injured VeteransBenefits for disabled veterans are enhanced for low-income applicants. Benefits are applied on a sliding scale. As of the 2022 fiscal year agreement, the ceiling for an enhanced pension is a net worth of $138,489. This includes annual income as well as the current, fair market value of your assets.

How to Access Your Injured Veteran Benefits on Your Own

The process of identifying injuries or illnesses, and applying for the correct benefits is complex. However, it is possible to handle individually, if one so chooses. There are limitations to the core process that must be considered, as not all applications can be processed online.

  1. Applying for Injured Veteran Benefits Online

Start by filling out the injured veterans’ compensation questionnaire here. You'll need:

  • Your VA username and password.
  • Your complete VA medical records.
  • Private medical records that prove the current state of your condition.
  • Collected statements from friends, family, community figures, and/or other veterans about the state of your health.

If you have trouble with this application, call the VA's application helpline at 800-827-1000. Be aware that many online applications are not processed directly, but instead send refer the applicant to visit their local VA office in person.

  1. Accessing Injured Veteran Benefits in Person

VA benefits are notoriously complex to untangle. Applying directly at a local VA branch is often time-consuming, but has the benefit of direct access to any additional forms one might have to fill out after an online application anyway. You'll need to:

  • Collect the four points of information noted in the previous section.
  • Visit the VA location finder tool.
  • Call the nearest location to set up an appointment.
  • Bring all of your information along, and fill out all the required forms.

What to Do if You Are Unable to Process Your Injured Veteran Benefits Yourself

Disability for veterans is stressful, and can easily become overwhelming. Filling out the wrong form, or the right form incorrectly can lead to unnecessary delays. For injured veterans, that is wasted time they likely don't have. That goes double for low-income injured vets. There is a way to drastically lower the potential for processing problems, however.

How to Find Veteran Benefits With DoNotPay

If you want to know how to find injured veteran benefits with DoNotPay but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search for and open the Military Protection product on DoNotPay. 

  2. Select whether you want to 1) locate the nearest VA office, 2) access veteran benefits, or 3) locate service records. 

  3. 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. 

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