VA Claims

VA Claims

Learn More About VA Benefits

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Veterans may be eligible for certain benefits based on their military service. The NYC Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) empowers veterans and their families by ensuring that they get the financial benefits they have earned.


Learn How DVS Can Help with Your Benefits


See below for a list of VA benefits you may be eligible for:

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monthly benefit that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays to eligible surviving spouses, children, and dependent parents of veterans. Survivors become eligible for DIC if they can prove that the veteran:

  • Passed away from a disability that was at least as likely as not caused or worsened by the veteran's military service; or
  • Passed away while on active duty; or
  • Had a VA disability compensation rating verifying that their condition was totally disabling for at least 10 years prior to death (or for 5 years between their military discharge date and their date of death)

Disability Compensation

Disability Compensation is a tax-free monthly benefit that the VA pays for disabilities caused or worsened by a veteran's military service.

There is no time limit to file a claim for disability compensation. You can be several decades removed from your date of discharge from the military, but you can still be awarded disability compensation from the VA if you can prove that a current disability was at least as likely as not caused or worsened by your military service.

There is no income limit to file a claim for disability compensation.

If you already have disability compensation from the VA but your medical condition has worsened DVS can represent you in a claim for a higher monthly payout.

Veterans with particularly severe disabilities caused by or worsened by their military service can be eligible for a heightened monthly payout known as Special Monthly Compensation. For example, veterans whose service-connected disability causes them to require assistance with activities of daily living can be found eligible for a heightened monthly benefit known as "Aid and Attendance." 

Education Benefits

  • The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides education benefits for those who have served on active duty for 90 or more days after Sept. 10, 2001. Individuals must meet at least one of the requirements listed below:
    • Served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
    • Received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
    • Served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or
    • Are a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying veteran or service member
  • The Forever GI Bill expanded eligibility for GI Bill benefits by including:
    • Reserve duty that counts toward post-9/11 eligibility: The time that a Reservist was ordered to active duty to receive authorized medical care, be medically evaluated for disability or complete a Department of Defense (DoD) health care study on or after September 11, 2001, now counts as active duty toward eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill program. An individual may use this entitlement to pursue a course of education beginning on or after August 1, 2018.
    • Purple Heart Recipients: Servicemembers and honorably discharged veterans who were awarded a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, will be entitled to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at the 100-percent benefit level for up to 36 months. This was effective on August 1, 2018.
  • Montgomery GI Bill is available to active-duty members who served at least two years on active duty. You can get benefits through MGIB-SR if you're a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserves, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, and you meet all of the requirements listed below:
    • Have either a six-year service obligation (you agreed to serve six years) in the Selected Service, or
    • Are an officer in the Selected Reserve who agreed to serve six years in addition to your initial service obligation, and meet other requirements

Non-Service-Connected Pensions

Non-Service-Connected Pensions are a tax-free monthly benefit that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pays to Veterans who served during a wartime era, currently has a total and permanent disability (which does not have to be related to military service), and has a low income and limited personal assets.

Wartime era service does not require service in a combat zone. Instead, wartime era service means that the Veteran served on active duty somewhere in the world during a time period when the United States was deemed to be at war. Those specific time periods are:

  • World War II: December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946
  • Korean War: June 27, 1950, to January 31, 1955
  • Vietnam War [with service in Vietnam]: February 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975
  • Vietnam War [without service in Vietnam]: August 5, 1964, to May 7, 1975
  • Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through the present day

Income and assets for pension eligibility are calculated using established unique rules. For example, certain high-value assets, such as a house and any vehicles necessary for household use, are not counted against you in determining the value of your personal assets. You can also receive a higher pension payout if you meet all of the basic criteria for pension eligibility and you also are housebound or you require assistance with at least two activities of daily living. 

Burial Benefits

Burial benefits include a gravesite or columbarium at any National Cemetery throughout the country, a government headstone or marker, burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate, Military Honor Guard, and perpetual care. Benefits also include burial allowances of up to $2,000 for eligible veterans to help cover burial, funeral, and transportation costs. Benefits may include burial allowances of up to $2,000 for indigent families of eligible service members.