What to expect after you get a disability rating
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:
Look for a payment within 15 days
If you’ve received a notice with at least a 10% disability rating, you will get either a direct-deposit payment or a check within 15 days of your decision notice. If you don’t get a payment, please call the Veterans Help Line at 800-827-1000.
If you disagree with your disability rating, you may appeal
You may file an appeal within 1 year of receiving a decision notice.
Apply for benefits
- If you served on active duty, and separated under conditions other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care.
- If you are in good health other than your service-connected disabilities, you can buy Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI), a government life-insurance policy. Apply for S-DVI or call 1-800-669-8477.
- You can get VA education benefits or additional education benefits under special programs. Learn about education benefits or speak to a VA education counselor to find out what benefits are available to you.
- If you are 30% or more service-connected disabled, you can receive additional payments and benefits for your dependents. Register using eBenefits or by contacting your local eligibility office.
- Check with your local or state Veterans Affairs offices for other possible benefits.
Apply for benefits that cover specific disabilities
- If you have a 100% disability rating, you may qualify for dental care and commissary and exchange privileges.
- If you can’t work due to your service-connected disability, even without a 100% rating, you can apply for Individual Unemployability.
- If you require modified clothing because of your injuries, VA offers a clothing allowance to eligible Veterans.
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 condition becomes worse, you may file a claim for an increase in benefits. Update your information through eBenefits or by contacting your local VA office or eligibility office.