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Who’s covered?

Veterans

What kind of benefits can I get?

  • Health care
  • Compensation (payments)

How do I get these benefits?

皇家棋牌You’ll need to file a claim for disability compensation and submit your evidence (supporting documents).

Your evidence will need to show that both of these are true of your illness:

  • It’s at least 10% disabling (for example, you may submit a doctor’s report showing that you’re taking medicine for your high blood pressure), and
  • It appeared within one year after being discharged from active service (for example, you may submit a medical report that shows the date of your diagnosis)

If you have an illness listed in Title 38, Code of Federal Regulation, 3.09(a), you won’t need to show the problem started during—or got worse because of—your military service. This is because we believe that certain diseases that appear within one year of your discharge are related to your service. We refer to these as “presumptive diseases.”

Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

Exceptions
皇家棋牌 The following diseases are covered, even if they appear more than one year after you separated from service:

  • Hansen’s disease (a long-lasting infection that affects your skin, nerves, and mucous membranes) can appear within 3 years after discharge.
  • Tuberculosis (an infection that attacks your lungs and sometimes other areas of your body) can appear within 3 years after discharge.
  • Multiple sclerosis (a long-lasting illness that can cause numbness, weakness, and many other symptoms) can appear within 7 years after discharge.
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease (a long-lasting illness that affects muscle control), can appear any time after discharge.
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