Disabilities Linked to Military Service

Do you have a disability caused by an illness or injury that happened—or got worse—while you were actively serving in the military? If you do, you may be able to get disability compensation or benefits, no matter when or where you served.

Can I get disability benefits from VA?

You may be able to get disability benefits if you have a current physical or mental disability and:

  • You got injured or sick while actively serving in the military, and your injury or illness (also called a condition) caused your disability or made a disability you already had worse, and
  • You can link your current disability to an injury or illness that happened while you were actively serving in the military

What conditions are covered by these benefits?

You may be able to get benefits for conditions believed to be caused by military service, including:

  • Chronic (long-lasting) back pain
  • Severe hearing loss
  • Scar tissue
  • Loss of range of motion (problems moving your body)
  • Ulcers (painful sores in your stomach or small intestine)
  • Cancer (if caused by contact with toxic chemicals or other dangers)
  • Traumatic brain injury, or TBI (an injury caused by a blow to the head or an object piercing the skull)

You may also be able to get benefits for mental health conditions linked to military service, including:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Severe depression
  • Severe anxiety

How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to apply for benefits. Apply for disability benefits.

See the full list of disabilities.