Veterans Disability Benefits

Many Americans are eligible for benefits based on their military service. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates a number of programs providing financial, medical, and other assistance to veterans. Three major benefit programs are of particular value to those who have illnesses or injuries: disability compensation, veterans pension, and, perhaps most significant, free or low-cost medical care through VA hospitals and medical facilities.  Eligibility for some of these benefits depends on financial need or time of service.