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Understanding disability benefits for veterans

It is important for those that honorably served our country to be familiar with disability benefits options available to them. Disability benefits is a monetary benefit paid to disabled veterans that are disabled because of a disease or injury that they suffered or was aggravated during their active duty military service. Compensation for other disabilities may also be available depending on the circumstances.

Specifically, even if the disability arises after the veteran's service, disability benefits may be available for post-service disabilities considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring during the disabled veteran's service or presumed to be related to circumstances of the veteran's military service. Additionally, benefits may also be available to surviving family members of a service member who was lost on active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training.

Survivors, including a spouse, child or parent, may also be able to receive compensation when a veteran has been lost to a service-related disability. Additional benefits may also be available depending on the circumstances and other options may also be available to disabled veterans through Social Security disability or other options.

Veterans benefits are unquestionably important for veterans who have served our country faithfully and for family members of veterans who have served our country faithfully. It is important for disabled veterans to be familiar with the different disability benefits options available to them and how to qualify for and obtain benefits when needed. Disability benefits can be badly-needed benefits for veterans and their families and are important to understand.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "Compensation," Accessed Sept. 27, 2017

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