Disability compensation is a monetary benefit given to veterans who are disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. An injury or illness must be deemed service-connected in order for the veteran to receive compensation. Also, to be eligible, the veteran must have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable. All claims sent to the VA regional office must include a DD-214 Form and any and all medical evidence that proves that the disability was in fact service connected.
If your disability compensation application is denied, you may appeal the decision. Fill out an Appeals Form and send any new medical evidence or any thing else that you feel may help your claim to the address specified.
VA pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income, and who are age 65 or older, or - if under age 65 - are permanently and totally disabled. The veteran must have a discharge other than dishonorable and must have served at least 90 days of active military service, one day of which was during a war time period. If you entered service after September 7, 1980, you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called to active duty and your countable family income must be below a level set by law. There are also special death pension benefits available for the surviving spouse and children. For more information on pension, please visit the the VA Pension Programs website.