VA Disability Compensation
Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.
The benefit amount is graduated according to the degree of the Veteran’s disability on a scale from 10 percent to 100 percent (in increments of 10 percent). Compensation may also be paid for disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service.
Service in the Uniformed Services on active duty, OR
Active duty for training, OR
Inactive duty training, AND
You were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions, AND
You are at least 10% disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred in or aggravated during active duty or active duty for training, or inactive duty training
Note: If you were on inactive duty for training, the disability must have resulted from an injury, heart attack, or stroke.
ODVA Veterans Service Representatives can help you file a claim for service-connected disability compensation.
Vet Centers Programs (Federal)
Life isn’t always easy after a deployment. That’s where Vet Centers can help.
Vet Centers across the country provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to combat Veterans and their families. Vet Centers guide Veterans and their families through many of the major adjustments in lifestyle that often occur after a Veteran returns from combat. Services for a Veteran may include individual and group counseling in areas such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), alcohol and drug assessment, and suicide prevention referrals. All services are free of cost and are strictly confidential.
Oklahoma City Vet Center
6804 N. Robinson
Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Phone: 405-456-5184 Or 877-927-8387
Tulsa Vet Center
14002 E. 21st Street
Tulsa, OK 74134-1412
Phone: 918-628-2760 Or 918-628-2760
Lawton Vet Center
1016 SW C Avenue, Suite B
Lawton, OK 73501
Phone: 580-585-5880 Or 877-927-8387
Burial and Memorial Benefits
Veterans discharged from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable and service members who die while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, as well as spouses and dependent children of Veterans and active-duty service-members, may be eligible for VA burial and memorial benefits. The Veteran does not have to die before a spouse or dependent child for them to be eligible.
Burial in VA National Cemeteries
Burial in a VA national cemetery is available for eligible Veterans, their spouses, and dependents at no cost to the family and includes the gravesite, grave liner, opening and closing of the grave, a headstone, or marker, and perpetual care as part of a national shrine. For Veterans, benefits also include a burial flag (with the case for active duty) and military funeral honors. Family members and other loved ones of deceased Veterans may request Presidential Memorial Certificates.
VA Health Eligibility
This comprehensive plan provides a full range of preventive outpatient and inpatient services within the VA health care system. Also, once you enroll in the VA’s health care system, you can be seen at any VA facility across the country.
The enrollment system ensures that Veterans who are eligible can get the care and ensures that care is given to Veterans who are eligible. VA applies a variety of factors in determining Veterans’ eligibility for enrollment, but once a Veteran is enrolled, that Veteran remains enrolled in the VA health care system.
Eligibility for Veterans Pension
Veterans with low incomes who are either permanently and totally disabled, or age 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if they have 90 days or more of active military service; at least one day of which was during a period of war. The 90-day active service requirement does not apply to veterans with a service-connected disability justifying discharge from the military. (Veterans who entered active duty on or after Sept. 8, 1980, or officers who entered active duty on or after Oct. 16, 1981, may have to meet a longer minimum period of active duty). The veteran’s discharge must have been under conditions other than dishonorable and the disability must be for reasons other than the veteran’s own willful misconduct.
Beneficiaries must continue to meet basic eligibility factors, such as permanent and total disability for veterans. VA must adjust rates for other reasons, such as a veteran’s hospitalization in a VA facility.
Improved Veterans Pension
Congress establishes the maximum annual improved Veterans pension rates. Payments are reduced by the amount of countable income of the veteran, spouse, and dependent children. When a veteran without a spouse or a child is furnished nursing home or domiciliary care by VA, the pension is reduced to an amount not to exceed $90 per month after three calendar months of care. The reduction may be delayed if nursing-home care is being continued to provide the veteran with rehabilitation services.