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What are specific military disability benefits?

Veterans who have suffered disabilities may qualify for a tax-free set of benefits called Disability Compensation. This compensation is provided to those who are hurt or who suffer diseases as a result of active military service. You may also be able to obtain compensation for injuries that occur post service, but they must be related to military service in some way. For example, a person who is shot in the military may later require surgery to amputate a limb because of infection. If the infection from the wound occurs after service, it may still be connected to service and make you eligible for compensation.

Another kind of benefit to look into the Special Monthly Compensation. Known as SMC, this compensation is also tax-free and is paid to veterans, their surviving spouses, parents or spouses. This is paid to those who require a higher rate of compensation due to a specific disability.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation or DIC, is a final tax-free benefit paid to the children, parents or spouses of a service member who was killed on active duty, died on duty or died on inactive duty following service-related injuries or disabilities.

There are other forms of benefits that you may be able to obtain as well. For example, the federal government offers Social Security Disability (SSD) to those who have disabilities and require financial support. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is another option for some. Whatever you do, don't think that you are without help. There are many services that you can apply for and may be able to receive. Your attorney can help you prepare the legal documents.

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "Benefit Description," accessed May 18, 2018

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