Veterans Disability Benefits in Arkansas

Arkansas veterans have made significant sacrifices to ensure our freedom and democracy, deserving immense respect and gratitude for their service.

One primary method of honoring our veterans is through the provision of Veterans Disability Benefits, designed to support any veteran injured during active duty. Beyond disability benefits, veterans in Arkansas are awarded numerous additional benefits, acknowledging their service and sacrifices.

These benefits aid veterans as they transition into civilian life and help ease health and financial challenges they might face after military service.

Understanding Veterans Disability Benefits

Veterans Disability is a vital program administered by U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA). It provides financial aid to U.S. veterans who have contracted an illness or endured an injury tied to their active military service.

In Arkansas, these benefits hold great importance, given the large veteran population in the state. The program helps alleviate financial hardships caused by these disabilities, recognizing the significant contributions of our veterans.

How the Veterans Disability Benefits Program Works

The VA Disability program assesses a veteran's disability extent, giving monthly benefits proportional to the condition's severity.

In Arkansas, the Veterans Service Office aids veterans in understanding and accessing these benefits. Certified veterans service officers stand ready to guide veterans through the application process and champion 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, Arkansas veterans must have served in active military and have a service-related disability, an illness or injury that occurred or worsened during their military service. The VA evaluates the level of disability from 10% to 100%, determining a veteran's compensation amount.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Arkansas

Applying for VA Disability in Arkansas is a straightforward process if you have all your military and medical documentation.

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, Arkansas veterans can reach out to their local Veterans Service Office.

What to Do If Your Arkansas VA Claim Is Denied

If a claim is denied, don't lose heart. Veterans reserve the right to appeal the decision. The initial step is filing a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. This process must commence within one year from the date the VA sent the decision.

In Arkansas, organizations like the Veterans Service Office can offer help and advice throughout the appeal process and assist in gathering the necessary medical evidence to prove a service-connected disability.

More VA Benefits Available to Arkansas Veterans

Veterans Disability is just one of the benefits offered to veterans. The VA provides many additional benefits to Arkansas veterans, including healthcare services and comprehensive medical care through VA hospitals and clinics.

The VA also supports education and career development through programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Veterans wishing to buy a home can utilize VA Home Loans, facilitating access to mortgage loans.

Additional VA Benefits include:

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

Claiming Your Arkansas VA Benefits

Understanding and utilizing Veterans Disability Benefits is an essential step for Arkansas veterans grappling with service-connected health issues. These benefits, along with other VA support programs, can significantly enhance the quality of life for veterans and their families. Every eligible veteran is urged to explore these benefits and fully leverage the support available to honor their service and sacrifice.

Arkansas — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
North Little Rock Regional Office 2200 Fort Roots Drive, Building 65 North Little Rock, AR 72114-1756 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Little Rock Air Force Base Little Rock VA Regional Office North Little Rock, AR 72114

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Fayetteville National Cemetery 1000 S. Lt. Col. Leroy Pond Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72701 479-442-2566
Fort Smith National Cemetery 522 Garland Avenue and South 6th Street Fort Smith, AR 72901 479-783-5345
Little Rock National Cemetery 2523 Springer Boulevard Little Rock, AR 72206 479-783-5345

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Helena, Arkansas CBOC 131 Quarles Lane Helena, AR 72342 870-228-3644
Jonesboro, Arkansas CBOC 2908 S. Caraway Road, Ste. B Jonesboro, AR 72401 870-277-0778
Paragould Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 2420 Linwood Drive - Suite 3 Paragould, AR 72450 870-236-9756
Pocahontas Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 300 Camp Rd Pocahontas, AR 72455 870-248-0571
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System Eugene J. Towbin Healthcare Center 2200 Fort Roots Drive North Little Rock, AR 72114-1706 501-257-1000
Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital 4300 West 7th Street Little Rock, AR 72205-5484 501-257-1000
Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks 1100 N. College Avenue Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-443-4301
Conway CBOC 1520 East Dave Ward Drive Conway, AR 72032 501-548-0500
El Dorado CBOC 1702 North West Ave. El Dorado, AR 71730 870-875-5900
Ft Smith CBOC 5700 Phoenix Place Fort Smith, AR 72903 479-441-2600
Harrison CBOC 814 US Hwy 62-65 N Suite 8 Harrison, AR 72601-2149 870-704-6300
Hot Springs CBOC 177 Sawtooth Oak St Hot Springs, AR 71901 501-520-6250
Mena CBOC 300 S. Morrow Street Mena, AR 71953 Mailing Address: 300 S. Morrow Road Mena, AR 71953 501-609-2700
Mountain Home CBOC 759 Highway 62 East, Suite 331 Mountain Home, AR 72653 870-594-8387
Ozark CBOC 2713 West Commercial Ozark, AR 72949 479-508-1000
Pine Bluff CBOC 2906 Market Street Pine Bluff, AR 71603 870-541-9300
Russellville CBOC 3106 West 2nd CT Russellville, AR 72801 479-880-5100
Searcy CBOC 1120 S Main St Searcy, AR 72143 501-207-4700
Texarkana CBOC 910 Realtor Ave Texarkana, AR 71854 870-216-2242
Fayetteville, AR Vet Center 1905 E. Mission Blvd Suite 2 Fayetteville, AR 72703 479-582-7152
Little Rock Vet Center 10800 Financial Centre Parkway, Suite 175 North Little Rock, AR 72211 501-918-1800