What to Expect after You Get a Disability Rating

If you got a decision notice from us that confirms your disability rating (the rating that measures the severity of your disability), you may be able to get disability compensation or benefits. Find out what benefits you can get.

Disability compensation may include financial compensation (payments) as well as other benefits—like health care or job training.

If you haven’t gotten your decision notice:

When will I get my first payment?

If your decision notice shows at least a 10% disability rating, you’ll get your first payment within 15 days. We’ll pay you either by direct deposit or check. If you don’t get a payment after 15 days, please call the Veterans Help Line at 800-827-1000.

What if I disagree with my disability rating?

If you disagree with your disability rating, you can file an appeal. You’ll need to do this within 1 year of getting your decision notice. Learn about how to file an appeal.

How do I get other benefits?

  • For Health Care: If you served on active duty—and were discharged from the military under conditions other than dishonorable—you may be able to get VA health care. This includes access to VA doctors and care, plus medical equipment, prosthetics, and prescriptions. Apply for VA health care.
  • For Life Insurance: If you’re in good health other than your disability caused by service in the military, you can buy Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI)—a government life insurance policy. Apply for S-DVI online. Or, call 800-669-8477.
  • For Education Benefits: You can get VA support for college or job training under special programs. Or, talk with a VA education counselor to find out what benefits you may be able to get. Learn about education benefits.
  • For Dependent Benefits: If you’re 30% or more disabled due to a disability caused by service in the military, you can get financial support and benefits for your qualified dependents. There are 2 ways to register:
  • For Other Benefits: Check with your local or state VA offices for other benefits you may be able to get—like help with buying a home or making changes to your home to make it more accessible, or help with getting a job. Find a VA office near you.

How do I get benefits that cover specific disabilities?

Keep in touch

It’s important to update your information with VA when you have a new address, a change to your marital status, or any other life change that could affect your rating or payment. If your disability gets worse, you can file a claim for an increase in benefits.

Update your information in 1 of 2 ways: