Three Steps to File a Veteran Benefits Claim

The first step in filing a veteran benefits claims is determining if you are eligible for a presumptive disability or other service-connected condition.

Step 1: Are you eligible for VA disability compensation?

You may be able to get VA disability benefits or compensation if you have a current illness or injury (known as a condition) that affects your body or mind and you meet at least one of the requirements listed below.

Both of these must be true. You:

  • Served on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, and
  • Have a disability rating for your service-connected condition

And at least one of these must be true. You:

  • Got sick or injured while serving in the military—and can link this condition to your illness or injury (called an inservice disability claim), or
  • Had an illness or injury before you joined the military—and serving made it worse (called a preservice disability claim), or
  • Have a disability related to your active-duty service that didn’t appear until after you ended your service (called a postservice disability claim)

Presumed disabilities

Step 2: Are you covered?

  • Veterans
  • Qualified dependents

Other than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable discharge

If you received one of these discharges, you may not be eligible for VA disability benefits. However, there are two ways you can tray to quality for benefits:

Step 3: File

  1. You may be able to file online – check here
  2. By mail:

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    Claims Intake Center
    PO Box 4444
    Janesville, WI 53547-4444

  3. In person. VA facilities are closed during the Covid-19 pandemic
  4. With the help of a trained professional – click here