VA Disability Compensation

The Basics

VA Disability Compensation is a tax-free monthly payment you get because you have an injury or disease that is service-connected (it happened while you were on active duty or it was made worse by your active service). You can also get it for a disability that began after your active service ended, if your condition is related to a disability that began during your service, or if it was caused by the circumstances of your military service.

VA Disability Compensation is a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which gives various benefits to veterans. VA services and benefits are available through a nationwide network of hospitals, outpatient clinics, community living centers, residential rehabilitation treatment programs, Vet Centers, benefits regional offices, and national cemeteries. The VA's Detroit Regional Office coordinates VA benefits in Michigan.

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)

The VA’s Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program (also called "Chapter 13”) offers personalized counseling and support to help you prepare for, find, and keep employment. You qualify for VR&E if you are a service member or veteran of the Armed Forces with a service-connected disability that makes it hard for you to get or keep a job. A counselor works with you to write a rehabilitation plan for your work plans and needs. If you are unable to work right now, the VR&E also offers services to help you live independently.

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