Arizona Civil Legal Needs Community Survey

Civil legal organizations in Arizona are seeking your input to increase their ability to meet the civil legal needs of Arizona's lower income residents. Please complete this survey to assist in improving civil legal services in Arizona.

Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

Health and Benefits

VA Disability Benefits

The Veterans Administration offers disability benefits for veterans with a service-related disability. VA disability compensation is for an injury or illness that was caused by military service or made worse by military service. Disability is not income based and is not limited to those who served in war.

VA Disability Benefits

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for VA disability benefits, the individual must:

  • Have served on active duty, active-duty training, or inactive duty training, and
  • Have a disability rating for their service-connected physical or mental condition
  • Normally, those who received a dishonorable, bad conduct, or other than honorable discharge are not eligible. However, there are ways to apply to have a discharge upgraded.

In addition, the following requirements apply. The veteran must:

  • Have became ill or injured while serving in the military, and the illness or injury is linked to the military service; or
  • Have had an illness or injury before entering military service, and that illness or injury was exacerbated (worsened) by the activities of military service; or
  • Have a service-related disability that did not show up until after the veteran left the military. (Examples: A bullet fragment moves and causes paralysis; lung disease or neurologic disease from a chemical exposure during deployment.)

Applying for VA Disability Benefits

Gather all the relevant documents prior to filing your application for VA Disability Benefits. You will need:

  • Medical records, doctors’ reports, and diagnostic tests showing the nature and extent of your injury and illness. These can be VA medical records or from private physicians or hospitals.
  • Supporting statements from family, friends, law enforcement, clergy, and/or those you served with in the military. These statements should discuss the physical or mental condition that is the basis of your disability claim, and they should describe how the condition has affected your life and the lives of those around you. The statements should also mention how your condition started and if and when it became worse.
  • Your DD-214, any other separation documents you have, and any medical treatment records from your military service.

Once you have gathered all the documentation you need, fill out your application. You can download the application from the VA website.

Read over the form carefully and make sure you fill it out completely. You may be able to file your form online. You will be required to answer some questions on the VA website about your ability to upload forms and records.


You can also apply by mail. Print the form, fill it out completely, and mail the completed, signed form along with copies of your supporting documentation to:

Department of Veterans Affairs

Claims Intake Center

P.O. Box 4444

Janesville, WI 53547-4444

You also have the option of making an appointment at your local VA office and submitting your claim in-person. To find your local VA office, Click Here.

What if I start my application but need additional time to collect my documentation?

Starting an application does not count as showing the VA “intent to file.” Unless you file online, you will need to submit an “intent to file” form which sets the effective date you can begin getting benefits. Once you have filed your application, you can expect a decision from the VA within 131 days.

To learn more about Veterans Disability Benefits, visit

This website has been prepared for general information purposes only. The information on this website is not legal advice. Legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation. Also, the law may vary from state-to-state or county-to-county, so that some information in this website may not be correct for your situation. Finally, the information contained on this website is not guaranteed to be up to date. Therefore, the information contained in this website cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your jurisdiction.

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