Veterans Disability Benefits in Alabama

Veterans in Alabama have given much to protect our freedom and democracy, and they deserve support and gratitude for their service.

One important way we honor our veterans is by providing Veterans Disability Benefits to assist any veteran who becomes injured during active duty. In addition to disability benefits, Alabama veterans are awarded many additional benefits in recognition of their service and sacrifices.

These benefits support veterans during their transition to civilian life and help to mitigate health and economic challenges they may face following their military service.

Understanding Veterans Disability Benefits

Veterans Disability is a major program administered by the U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA). Financial compensation is given to U.S. veterans who have developed a disease or suffered an injury related to their active military service.

These benefits are especially significant in Alabama, where veterans make up a considerable portion of the population. The program offsets the financial burdens caused by these disabilities, recognizing the sacrifices veterans have made for their country.

How the Veterans Disability Benefits Program Works

The VA Disability program evaluates the extent of a veteran's disability and provides monthly benefits proportional to the severity of the condition.

In Alabama, the Veterans Service Office assists veterans in understanding and accessing these benefits. Certified veterans service officers are available to guide veterans through the application process and advocate for their rights.

Eligibility Requirements for Veterans Disability Benefits

To be eligible for VA benefits, veterans must meet several guidelines.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have an existing condition, either physical or mental, that impacts your health, and
  • Your service history includes active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training.

And, at least one of the following must be true:

  • You incurred an injury or sickness during your military service that can be connected to your current condition. This is known as an in-service disability claim.

  • An existing injury or illness from before your military service worsened due to your service — called a pre-service disability claim, or
  • You have a disability that is associated with your active-duty service but it only manifested after your service ended. This is known as a post-service disability claim.

To qualify for VA disability benefits, veterans must have served in active military and have a service-connected disability, which is an illness or injury that was incurred or aggravated during their military service. The level of disability is evaluated by the VA on a scale from 10% to 100%, which determines the amount of compensation a veteran receives.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Alabama

Applying for VA Disability in Alabama involves several steps.

Initially, veterans must gather essential documents, such as their DD214 or other separation documents, medical evidence of the disability, and any dependency records.

Then, a claim must be filed either online through, by mail, or in person at a regional VA office.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000

You must provide thorough and accurate information in the application process, as this can significantly impact the speed and outcome of your claim. If you need assistance during this process, Alabama veterans can reach out to their local Veterans Service Office.

What to Do If Your Alabama VA Claim Is Denied

In the unfortunate event of a claim denial, don't lose hope. Veterans have the right to appeal the decision. The first step is to file a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. This process must be initiated within one year from the date the VA mailed the decision.

In Alabama, organizations like the Veterans Service Office can provide assistance and advice throughout the appeal process, and help you gather the medical evidence needed to prove you have a service-connected disability.

More VA Benefits Available to Alabama Veterans

Veterans Disability is just one benefit offered to veterans. The VA provides a variety of additional benefits to Alabama veterans, including healthcare services and comprehensive medical care through VA hospitals and clinics.

The VA also assists in education and career development through programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Veterans looking to secure a home can also take advantage of VA Home Loans, which provide easier access to mortgage loans.

Additional VA Benefits include:

  • VA Pension
  • VA Life Insurance
  • Veterans Readiness and Employment
  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • VA Loans
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits
  • Health Care
  • Education and Training

Claiming Your Alabama VA Benefits

Understanding and utilizing Veterans Disability Benefits is a crucial step for Alabama veterans dealing with service-connected health issues. These benefits, alongside other support programs from the VA, can significantly improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. Therefore, every eligible veteran is encouraged to explore these benefits and take full advantage of the support available to honor their service and sacrifice.

Alabama — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Montgomery Regional Office 345 Perry Hill Rd. Montgomery, AL 36109 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Fort Rucker ACAP Center Fort Rucker, AL 36362
Intake Site At Maxwell Air Force Base Maxwell-Gunter Transition Services Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Intake Site At Redstone Arsenal Fox Army Health Center Redstone Arsenal, AL 35758 256-955-8888

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Alabama National Cemetery 3133 Highway 119 Montevallo, AL 35115 205-665-9039
Fort McClellan EPW Cemetery 3541 Shipley Rd Anniston, AL 36201 205-665-9039
Fort McClellan Post Cemetery 540 Goode Rd Anniston, AL 36201 205-665-9039
Fort Mitchell National Cemetery 553 Highway 165 Ft. Mitchell, AL 36856 334-855-4731
Mobile National Cemetery 1202 Virginia Street Mobile, AL 36604 Mailing Address: Naval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Road Pensacola, FL 32508-1054 850-453-4846

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Birmingham VA Health Care System 700 19th Street South Birmingham, AL 35233 205-933-8101
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System East Campus 2400 Hospital Road Tuskegee, AL 36083-5001 334-727-0550
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System West Campus 215 Perry Hill Road Montgomery, AL 36109-3798 334-272-4670
Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center 3701 Loop Road, East Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 205-554-2000
Dothan VA Clinic 3753 Ross Clark Circle, Suite 4 Dothan, AL 36303 334-678-1933
Selma Outpatient Clinic 206 Vaughan Memorial Drive Selma, AL 36701 205-554-2000
Anniston-Oxford VA Clinic 500 Davis Loop Rd Oxford, AL 36203 256-832-4141
Bessemer VA Clinic 975 9th Avenue, SW-Suite 400 at UAB West Medical Center West Bessemer, AL 32055 205-428-3495
Birmingham VA Clinic 2415 7th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35233 Mailing Address: 700 19th Street South Birmingham, AL 35233 205-933-8101
Childersburg VA Clinic 151 9th Ave NW Childersburg, AL 35044 256-378-9026
Dothan 3753 Ross Clark Cir., Suite 4 Dothan, AL 36303 334-503-7881
Gadsden VA Clinic 206 Rescia Ave Gadsden, AL 35906 256-413-7154
Guntersville VA Clinic 101 Judy Smith Drive Guntersville, AL 35976 256-582-4033
Huntsville VA Clinic 500 Markaview Drive, NW Huntsville, AL 35805 256-533-8477
Jasper VA Clinic 1454 Jones Dairy Rd Jasper, AL 35501 205-221-7384
Montgomery VA Clinic 8105 Veterans Way Montgomery, AL 36117 800-214-8387
Shoals VA Clinic 422 DD Cox Blvd. Sheffield, AL 35660 256-381-9055
VA Outpatient Clinic Monroeville (CBOC) 159 Whetstone Street Monroeville, AL 36400 251-743-5861
Wiregrass CBOC 301 Andrews Avenue Fort Rucker, AL 36362 800-214-8387
Birmingham Vet Center 400 Emery Drive, Suite 200 Hoover, AL 35244 205-212-3122
Huntsville Vet Center 415 Church Street, Bldg H, Suite 101 Huntsville, AL 35801 256-539-5775
Montgomery Vet Center 4405 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109 334-273-7796
Mobile Outpatient Clinic 4444 Demetropolis Road Mobile, AL 36619 251-219-3900
Mobile Vet Center 3221 Springhill Ave Bldg 2, Suite C Mobile, AL 36607 251-478-5906