Veterans Disability Compensation

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays monthly Veterans Disability Compensation to Veterans who have a service-connected disability. The Veteran must have been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable, and the disability must not have resulted from the Veteran's willful misconduct. Compensation may be paid for disability as the result of any disease or injury incurred or aggravated by federal active service or any period of active duty for training. Compensation may also be paid for a disability incurred by injury or covered disease - cerebrovascular accident (stroke), myocardial infarction, or cardiac arrest - incurred during inactive duty for training (drilling).

On April 25, 2022, VA announced that nine rare respiratory cancers are now presumed service-connected disabilities due to military environmental exposures to fine particulate matter. These cancers include:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx

  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the trachea

  • Adenocarcinoma of the trachea

  • Salivary gland-type tumors of the trachea

  • Adenosquamous carcinoma of the lung

  • Large cell carcinoma of the lung

  • Salivary gland-type tumors of the lung

  • Sarcomatoid carcinoma of the lung

  • Typical and atypical carcinoid of the lung

VA will process disability compensation claims for these conditions for Veterans who served any amount of time in the Southwest Asia theater of operations beginning Aug. 2, 1990, to the present, or Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Syria or Djibouti beginning Sept. 19, 2001, to the present.

For more information, please visit: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/