Veteran’s Disability Compensation

Stateside Legal: Disability Claims: Overview of VA Compensation for Veterans

What is disability compensation? Veterans who become disabled due to an injury or disease that began (or worsened) during active military service can claim monetary benefits. Read More.

Stateside Legal: Disability Program Available to Veterans – VA, DoD, and Social Security

How do I know what type of benefit to apply for? Are you a veteran with a disability wondering about what benefit to apply for? This can be a confusing puzzle. Read More.

Stateside Legal: The A to Z Guide to VA Disability Benefits

Jim Strickland’s guide to VA Disability Benefits. Read More.

Stateside Legal: VA Benefits Quick Screening Guide

Stateside Legal has developed a “Quick Screening Guide” to help vets and surviving spouses of vets find out if they might be entitled to pension, disability or DIC (Dependency and Indemnity Compensation) benefits from the VA.  Read More.

Stateside Legal: VA Disability Compensation and Disability Pension—Veteran’s Disability Compensation

Veteran’s Disability Compensation is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and is intended to compensate veterans for loss of quality of life and civilian employability. The VA Disability Pension is designed for wartime veterans who are 65 years old or older and meet certain income requirements, or who are considered permanently disabled from a non-service related condition. Compensation amounts are determined based upon need. Read More.


Stateside Legal: How to File a VA Claim for Disability Compensation

If you are just beginning to learn about VA disability benefits, you may want to watch this video first. It provides a good introduction and some of the basics of filing a claim. Read More.

Stateside Legal: Automated Application for VA Disability Compensation or Pension

Many thanks to the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, KY for developing and contributing this forms tool. Do you hate to fill out forms?  But you need to file for VA Disability or Pension.   So where to turn? Here’s our latest online tool to help you prepare your form.  Read More.

Stateside Legal: VA Online Application System

This is the electronic filing system for certain VA benefits. Please review specific information about the benefit in which you are interested and the specific things you need to provide before using this system to file a claim. Read More.

 Stateside Legal: DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents 

A Certificate of Release or Report of Separation is generally issued when a service member performs active duty or at least 90 consecutive days of active duty training. It is used to prove military service. Read More.

Stateside Legal: Request Military Service Records or Prove Military Service

Service members and their families sometimes need to request new copies of the important records documenting military service, including the DD-214.  Read More. 

Stateside Legal: Can I Receive Payments from the DoD and the VA for the Same Disability?

In short, probably not. The two programs usually offset each other. Thus, you may generally only receive benefits from one program. However, for some veterans there are exceptions. Read More.

Stateside Legal: Jim Strickland’s “Dirty Dozen” Rules for Dealing with VA Claims

Jim Strickland is a nationally respected expert on VA benefits, posting on VA Watchdog and many other sites. This is his list of important rules when dealing with a VA claim. Read More.

Stateside Legal: VA “Fully Developed Claim” Process

[Update 8/13] **The VA has announced a new incentive program for “fully developed” claims submitted from Aug. 6, 2013, through Aug. 5, 2015. Read More.

Stateside Legal: Fully Developed Claim Incentive 

New fully developed claims (FDCs) sent to VA between August 6, 2013, through August 5, 2015 may be eligible for up to a year of back pay. Read More.

Stateside Legal: VA Compensation Benefits Rates Tables

URL: This web page includes tables showing how much money you may be entitled to receive from the VA for service-connected disabilities if your claim is accepted. Read More.

Stateside Legal: VA Disability Benefit for Serious Disabilities

URL: This Fact Sheet describes the special VA disability compensation benefit for veterans who, as a result of military service, incurred the loss or loss of use of specific organs or extremities. Read More.

LawHelpNC: The American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide

Authored by Veterans for America. This survival guide provides legal information for servicemembers, veterans and their families.  See Chapter 6, VA Attempts to Recover “Overpayments,” pages 178-185 written by the National Veterans Legal Services Program, about debt collection actions from the VA for “overpayments” or failure to make payment on a VA home loan.  Read More.

Stateside Legal: Interactive Form Directory

Stateside Legal offers interactive forms that prompt the user with a series of interview questions in order to prepare a letter or other form. Read More. 

Stateside Legal: Interactive Forms – General Purpose Letter to VA

This letter resource will help you create a letter to your Regional VA office for general communications. However, Stateside Legal™ has many different sample letters for Veterans communicating to the VA about specific issues. Read More.