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Conditions Linked to Military Service

Do you have illnesses or injuries that started—or got worse—while you were serving in the military? Find out if you can get disability compensation or benefits.

Can I get disability benefits from VA?

You may be able to get disability benefits if you have a current illness or injury (known as a condition) that affects your body or mind and you meet one of the requirements listed below.

One of these must be true:

  • You got sick or injured while serving in the military and can link your condition to this illness or injury, or
  • You had an illness or injury before you joined the military, and serving made it worse

Who’s covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified dependents

What kind of disability benefits can I get?

  • Health care
  • Compensation (payments)

How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to apply for benefits. When you apply, you’ll have to show that your conditions were likely caused by—or got worse because of—your service.
Apply for benefits.

What conditions are covered by these benefits?

You may be able to get benefits for conditions such as:

  • Chronic (long-lasting) back pain resulting in a current diagnosed back disability
  • Breathing problems resulting from a current lung condition or lung disease
  • Severe hearing loss
  • Scar tissue
  • Loss of range of motion (problems moving your body)
  • Ulcers
  • Cancers caused by contact with toxic chemicals or other dangers

You may also be able to get benefits for:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Get more information about conditions that may be covered.