How Do I Establish a Service Connection for My Disability?
To receive veterans benefits for a physical or mental impairment, you must establish a service connection to your health condition. At the law firm of Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, our lawyers will fight to help you get all of the VA benefits you deserve.
Service Connected Disability Compensation
VA provides compensation to veterans who have a disability or disease that is related to his or her period of military service. A disability or disease related to a veteran’s period of military service is otherwise known as service connection or a service-connected disability. There are several bases, according to VA law, for veterans to establish entitlement to service-connected disability. For example, VA law will entitle a veteran to an award of service connection if he or she can establish the following:
- an in-service disability, injury or incident;
- a current disability; and,
- a medical link between the current disability and the in-service disability, injury or incident.
The law does not require a veteran to demonstrate that he or she was diagnosed with a disability or disease while in the military, but rather that any current disability or disease arises during his military service, including the performance of a military occupational specialty.
If you are already receiving VA benefits and the symptoms associated with your service connected disability have increased since your last rating, you can file a VA claim for an increased rating. If your disability is preventing you from working, you can also apply for Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).« Return to the Veterans' Resource Center