Updated: Sep 19, 2018
This is probably the most common reason veterans don’t file a disability claim. It’s unfortunate that there is a stigma around the term “disability.” A better way to look at a VA disability claim is to say, “I have a medical condition that occurred during, or was caused by, my military service.” Likewise, you can think about “disability compensation” as an insurance policy against those same medical conditions. An approved disability claim will give you access to VA medical care and a monthly disability compensation payment (for ratings of 10% or higher). Filing a VA disability claim isn’t milking the system – it is a way to ensure your future self from potentially worse medical conditions, get the medical treatment you need, and receive monetary compensation from lost earnings potential.