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Disease Snapshot


It is a well known fact within the medical community, both at the civilian level and around the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), that some diseases seem to manifest well after a veteran’s time in service.  For some diseases, the medical profession has a good grasp as to why they incubate, and others, it is unclear why the disease takes life after military service.  (Click here to continue...)

Qualifyimng Factors For VA Disability Compensation


As an injured veteran who requests VA disability compensation, you must satisfy one of the following two circumstances:


1.  You must have served, either on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.


2.   You must have experienced one of the following:

  • Gotten sick or injured while serving on active duty and have condition reported in your service medical records.  That creates the link of your service-connected condition to your service. VA refers to this as an inservice disability claim.
  • You must have a pre-existing illness or injury before joining the military that was made worse by your service duties. VA refers to this as a preservice disability claim.
  • You must develop a disability that didn’t appear until after your active duty service ended and the condition is connected to your active duty service.  VA refers to this as a postservice disability claim.


If you can satisfy both of these requirements, you are eligible for VA disability compensation. Also, if those requirements are met, you may be compensated for your legal dependents.