Veterans’ disability compensation constitutes benefits paid to veterans who became disabled as a result of an injury or disease that occurred during active military service. These benefits are also paid to veterans who can show that their disability was the result of a post-service experience that is secondary or related to a disability that occurred during active military service.

Under these benefits, a veteran can also qualify for special monthly compensation. This is additional tax-free compensation paid to veterans or their spouses for special circumstances where the disability has caused a need and attendance of another person. Common examples of needing special monthly compensation include losing a hand or other extremity.

In order to be deemed eligible for veterans’ disability benefits, you must prove that more likely than not you became disabled from an injury or disease that occurred while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. You must also show that you were not discharged under dishonorable conditions. Disability benefits are graduated on a scale of 10 to 100 percent disability in 10 percent increments to determine what amount of benefits you should receive.