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

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.