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Disability Benefits Eligibility

If you have a disability that was caused by—or got worse because of—your active military service, you may be able to get disability benefits from VA. Find out if you can get financial support and other benefits like health care.

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 got sick or injured while serving in the military—and can link this condition to your 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 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)
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Get more information about conditions that may be covered.