Veterans Compensation for Service-Connected Disability


Compensate Veterans for disabilities incurred in or aggravated during military service according to the average impairment in earning capacity such disability would cause in civilian occupations.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2007 In FY 07, 2,789,490 disabled veterans received compensation. FY 08 estimate, 2,899,829 veterans; and FY 09 estimate, 3,014,841 veterans.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 19, 4,852,077 disabled Veterans received compensation. (FY 20 estimate: 5,089,328 Veterans; FY 21 estimate: 5,267,797 Veterans)
Fiscal Year 2023 VBA processed 415,853 initial claims for Veterans compensation and survivors benefits in FY 2023. 366,967 Veterans and 44,087 survivors began receiving compensation benefits in FY 2023 for an average annual individual benefit of $24,511 and $20,572, respectively.
38 U.S.C. 1110, 1131.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Persons who have suffered disabilities resulting from service in the Armed Forces of the United States. The disability must have been incurred during or aggravated by service in the line of duty. Separation from service must have been under other than dishonorable conditions for the period in which the disability was incurred or aggravated.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Disabled veterans.
DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty".
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. An application VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefit s) may be obtained from any VA office or regional office and submitted to the Veteran's local regional office. In addition, an application may be completed on-line at
Award Procedure
Awards are authorized at the regional office.
None, but it must be filed within one year after separation from service in order for entitlement to be established from the day following discharge; otherwise, entitlement is established only from the date of receipt of the claim.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
No restrictions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Effective date specific to each disability compensation review.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
Headquarters Office
Veterans Benefits Administration Compensation Service
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420 USA
Phone: (206) 965-3884

Jude Lopez VBA, Office of Executive Review
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420 USA
Phone: (202) 461-9275
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 23$135,980,190,000.00; FY 24 est $158,682,457,000.00; FY 25 est $172,645,670,000.00; FY 19$87,647,099,000.00; FY 20 est $96,500,810,000.00; FY 21 est $105,219,137,000.00; FY 07$29,091,160,000.00; FY 08 est $32,456,880,000.00; FY 09 est $34,689,066,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 24, basic rates of compensation range from $171.23 for a 10 percent combined disability rating to $3,737.85 for a 100 percent combined disability rating.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
38 CFR 3.4; "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-0-01, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is: 051-000-00233-4.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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