Our nation’s service members serve a valuable service by keeping our nation and its people safe. Unfortunately, many service members are injured while carrying out their duties, necessitating significant medical care. Some of these incidents are so damaging that the service member may become disabled. When this happens, service members in Greensburg may want to learn more about pursuing disability benefits. The following are three types of disability benefits service members may seek from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Disability compensation may be paid to veterans who suffer a disability during active military service or who have a pre-existing condition that is aggravated during active military service. In addition, disability benefits may be available for those who suffer from a disability post-service that is related to or secondary to a disability suffered due to military service. Disability compensation is paid monthly and is tax-free.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
Sometimes a service member dies while on active duty, active duty for training, or a veteran may pass away due to a service-related injury or illness. When this happens, the deceased’s surviving spouse, child, or parent may be able to pursue Dependency and indemnity compensation. When paid to parents, dependency and indemnity compensation is an income-based benefit. Dependency and indemnity compensation is tax-free.
Special Monthly Compensation
Special monthly compensation may be paid to veterans at a higher rate than their normal pay rate due to a specific disability. Special monthly compensation may also be paid to a spouse or surviving spouse based on another individual’s need of aid and attendance. Special monthly compensation is tax-free.
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