VA CLAIMS - Disability Compensation (File a VA CLAIM)
You should NEVER pay anyone to file your claim. Contact your Local Veterans Services Officer
Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to Veterans who are disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. These Disabilities are considered to be service-connected.
Disability compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of a Veteran’s dependents, and is paid monthly. Veterans with certain severe disabilities may be eligible for additional special monthly compensation. The benefits are not subject to federal or state income tax.
If you believe you have any physical or mental ailments that were a direct result of your military service or want more information on this topic click here and please contact your local VSO.
DO YOU DISAGREE WITH YOUR VA CLAIM DECISION? VA CLAIM DECISION RAPID APPEALS MODERNIZATION PROGRAM (RAMP) May be the right choice for you. In November 2017, VA launched RAMP with the goal of providing eligible appellants with the earliest possible resolution of their disagreement with VA's decision on their claim. Click to see if you're eligible!
(DIC)Dependency and Indemnity Compensation -for surviving Spouse/Child
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Service members who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.
A surviving spouse/child of a disabled veteran may qualify for DIC Click to see if you qualify
HOME LOANS/ HOUSING MODIFICATION GRANTS
(CLICK FOR ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND MORE INFORMATION)
VA provides grants to Service members and Veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability.
Two grant programs exist:
1. The Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant
2. The Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.
Social Security Launches New Expedited Disability
Process for Veterans
Fast-tracking Disability Decisions for Vets with 100% Permanent and Total Rating
Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, today announced the launch of a new disability process to expedite disability claims filed by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T). Under the new process, Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors.
In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must tell Social Security they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100% P&T and show proof of their disability rating with their VA Notification Letter.
The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits. These veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.
More Support Organizations for Wounded/ Disabled Veterans Click here
Operation Independence Operation Independence helps provide Wheelchair Accessible Vans and Adaptive Driver Controls to disabled Veterans of all eras for little to no out of pocket expense. Passenger or driver, service connected or not, many of our heroes qualify for a vehicle and/or mobility conversions but simply do not know this benefit is available to them. This program coordinates the efforts of multiple organizations. No cost one on one support available to all applicants.
For more information contact:
OPERATION INDEPENDENCE – MA Chapter
1000 Main Street
Bridgewater MA 02324
Phone: (978) 427-7257
Canines for Combat
VeteransCanines for Combat Veterans is a project of New England Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) based in Princeton, MA. NEADS provides extensive training for service dogs to assist veterans with physical disabilities so that they can maintain their independence. NEADS dogs are granted public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. To be eligible to receive a dog, individuals must spend two weeks attending a training course with their dog and pay a fee. NEADS offers fundraising assistance and flexible payment options. It is NEADS’ policy not to deny any application on the basis of the applicant’s ability to pay