Phoenix VA Health Care System
Compensation & Pension
Disability Compensation and Pension Benefits
What Is VA Disability Compensation and Pension?
Disability compensation and or pension is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to a Veteran for disabilities initially caused by or aggravated by injuries/illness/diseases that happened while on active duty, active duty training, or inactive duty training.
Who Is Eligible to file for Compensation and or Pension?
You may be eligible for disability compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under anything but dishonorable conditions. You may be eligible for Pension benefits if you are permanently and totally disabled or age 65 and older, meet certain income criteria, and have verified wartime service.
How Much Does VA Pay?
The amount of the basic benefit paid ranges depending on how disabled you are. You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances once VBA has determined the level of disability and the impact it has to the Veterans particular living circumstances.
How Can You Apply?
- Use a paper form
- Fill out VA Form 21-526, “Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension.” To assist with the processing of your paperwork and if you have any of the following materials, please attach them to your application
- Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent
- Dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates)
- Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports)
You can take the completed forms in person to Veteran’s Benefit Administration (VBA), the public contact team, or mail it in to VBA, at:
3333 N Central Ave.
- Apply online at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp.
For more information
Call VA toll-free at 1-800-827-1000 or visit VA’s Web site at http://www.va.gov.
- ACC, Room A608
- 602-277-5551 Ext. 1-5804
Hours of Operation
- 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.