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Do I Qualify for Veteran’s Disability Benefits?

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Injured or afflicted veterans with a condition during their service may be eligible to receive VA disability benefits. But what conditions are typically covered under these benefits? This blog will review the criteria you must meet to qualify for VA disability benefits and discuss which conditions are usually covered by those benefits.


In order to be eligible for VA disability benefits, you must meet a few criteria:

  • You must have a current injury or illness that affects your body or mind and,
  • You must have served on active duty, inactive duty training, or active duty for training.

On top of that, one of the following must be true:

  • The sickness or injury you contracted while serving must be linked to your current condition—this is referred to as an inservice disability claim.
  • Your service worsened your illness or injury (developed before joining the military)—this is referred to as a preservice disability claim.
  • You had a disability related to your active-duty service, which did not appear until after you ended your service—referred to as a postservice disability claim.


VA disability benefits typically cover many conditions if they are related to your service in some way. Some common conditions that are covered include:

  • Chronic back pain/back disabilities
  • Breathing problems
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

There are also many more conditions that may be considered on a case-by-case basis. If someone received an other than honorable, dishonorable, or bad conduct discharge, you might be ineligible for VA disability benefits. You can visit this page to learn more about applying for a discharge upgrade here.

Veterans Disability Lawyers

Applying for VA disability benefits is not always easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding if successful since it can provide financial and medical support when needed most. As long as you meet the criteria outlined above and provide sufficient evidence of your service-related condition, there is a good chance that your application will be successful.

To reach out to the Lanier Law Group, P.A. team, call us at (855) 757-4204 or visit our website to request a consultation.

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