How to Apply for Veterans Disability
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Veterans Disability Benefits in Florida
Our veterans in Florida have bravely defended our freedom and democracy, actions that command the utmost respect and appreciation from us all.
A primary expression of our gratitude is through the Veterans Disability program. It provides financial assistance to those injured while serving active duty. However, this is only one part of the support structure. The VA offers a wide variety of other benefits designed to recognize the commitment and sacrifices of our veterans.
Understanding Veterans Disability Benefits
Administered by the U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA), the Veterans Disability program plays a pivotal role in providing financial support to veterans who fell ill or were injured during active military service.
The program's purpose is to help ease the financial pressures associated with service-related disabilities, demonstrating our gratitude for the substantial contributions made by our Florida veterans.
How the Veterans Disability Benefits Program Works
The VA Disability program works by evaluating a veteran's condition and giving it a disability rating. This determines the amount of monthly compensation. The amount received each month is based on the severity of the condition.
In many cases, a Florida veteran's VA disability rating isn't based on just one condition, but instead combines several. Each individual condition receives a rating, but these are not simply added together. Instead, they are combined using VA guidelines to form a single, final disability rating.
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.
Florida veterans who hope to qualify for VA disability benefits must have served in active duty and have a service-related disability. VA disability ratings range from 10% to 100%. The compensation the veteran receives is based on the severity of all combined disabilities.
How to Apply for VA Disability in Florida
Getting started with your application for VA Disability benefits in Florida is easier if all your military and medical documents are well-organized.
Gather important records like your DD214 or other separation papers, medical evidence supporting your disability, and any dependency records. Claims can be filed online through VA.gov, by mail, or in person at a regional VA office.
Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000
It's important to provide accurate and complete information in your claim. Missing or incomplete information can result in a denial notice.
What to Do If Your Florida VA Claim Is Denied
If your claim is denied, don't give up. You have the right to appeal the decision.
The first step is to file a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. This process must be started within one year from the date the VA mailed the decision.
The appeal process can take between several months to a couple of years. This depends on several factors including the complexity of the appeal, the type of appeal process chosen, and the amount of evidence required for your claim.
More VA Benefits Available to Florida Veterans
Disability benefits are only one of many services available to veterans. The VA provides Florida veterans with healthcare services and comprehensive medical care at VA hospitals and clinics.
The VA also supports veterans' education and career advancement through programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill. If you're a veteran contemplating homeownership, the VA Home Loans program can help you get a mortgage loan.
Additional VA Benefits include:
- Health Care
- VetSuccess on Campus
- Veterans Readiness and Employment
- Education and Training
- Dependents and Survivor Benefits
- VA Life Insurance
- VA Loans
- VA Burial Benefits
- VA Pension
Claiming Your Florida VA Benefits
Florida veterans dealing with health issues related to their service should apply for Veterans Disability benefits without delay. Together with other VA support programs, these benefits can significantly improve the lives of military veterans and their families.
Eligible Florida veterans are encouraged to take full advantage of all available programs and services.
Florida — VA Office Locations
Veterans Benefits Administration
|St. Petersburg Regional Office||9500 Bay Pines Boulevard St. Petersburg, FL 33708 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1437 St. Petersburg, FL 33731||800-827-1000|
|Intake Site At Corry Station||VA Joint Ambulatory Care Center Pensacola, FL 32507|
|Intake Site At Eglin Air Force Base||Airman & Family Readiness Support Center Fort Walton Beach, FL 32542|
|Intake Site At Hurlburt Field||Airman & Family Readiness Center Hulburt Field, FL 32544|
|Intake Site At Key West Coast Guard||NAS Key West & USCG Group Key West Key West, FL 33040|
|Intake Site At MacDill Air Force Base||Base Hospital 2nd Floor, Room C 277 Tampa, FL 33621|
|Intake Site At Mayport Naval Station||Branch Medical Clinic Mayport, FL 32228|
|Intake Site At NAS Jacksonville||Department of Veterans Affairs Jacksonville, FL 32217|
|Intake Site At NAS Key West||NAS Key West & USCG Group Key West Key West, FL 33040|
|Intake Site At NAS Pensacola||Fleet and Family Support Center Pensacola, FL 32508|
|Intake Site At NAS Whiting Field||Fleet & Family Support Center Milton, FL 32570|
|Intake Site At Naval Hospital Pensacola||6000 US-98 Pensacola, FL 32506|
|Intake Site At Naval Support Activity-Panama City||Fleet & Family Support Center Panama City, FL 32407|
|Intake Site At Patrick Air Force Base||VA Office of Public Contact Viera, FL 32940|
|Intake Site At Tyndall Air Force Base||325 FSS/FSFR Tyndall AFB, FL 32403|
|St. Petersburg Regional Loan Center||9500 Bay Pines Boulevard St. Petersburg, FL 33708 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1437 St. Petersburg, FL 33731||800-827-1000|
National Cemetery Administration
|Barrancas National Cemetery||Naval Air Station, 1 Cemetery Road Pensacola, FL 32508||850-453-4108|
|Bay Pines National Cemetery||10000 Bay Pines Boulevard North St. Petersburg, FL 33708 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 477 Bay Pines, FL 33744||727-319-6479|
|Cape Canaveral National Cemetery||5525 U.S. Highway 1, North Mims, FL 32754||321-383-2638|
|Florida National Cemetery||6502 S.W. 102nd Avenue Bushnell, FL 33513||352-793-7740|
|Jacksonville National Cemetery||4083 Lannie Road Jacksonville, FL 32218||904-766-5222|
|Sarasota National Cemetery||9810 State Road 72 Sarasota, FL 34241||877-861-9840|
|South Florida National Cemetery||6501 S. State Road 7 Lake Worth, FL 33449||561-649-6489|
|St. Augustine National Cemetery||104 Marine Street St. Augustine, FL 32084 Mailing Address: 4083 Lannie Road Jacksonville, FL 32218||904-766-5222|
|Tallahassee National Cemetery||5015 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee, FL 32311||850-402-8941|
Veterans Health Administration
|VISN 8: VA Sunshine Healthcare Network||13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Tampa, FL 33612||813-558-3900|
|Bay Pines VA Healthcare System||10000 Bay Pines Blvd Bay Pines, FL 33744 Mailing Address: P.O.Box 5005 Bay Pines, FL 33744||727-398-6661|
|North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System||1601 S.W. Archer Road Gainesville, FL 32608||352-376-1611|
|James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital||13000 Bruce B. Downs Tampa, FL 33612||813-972-2000|
|James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Primary Care Annex||13515 Lake Terrace Lane Tampa, FL 33637||813-998-8000|
|Lake City VAMC, NF/SGVHS||619 S. Marion Avenue Lake City, FL 32025-5808||386-755-3016|
|Malcom Randall VAMC, NF/SGVHS||1601 S.W. Archer Road Gainesville, FL 32608-1197||352-376-1611|
|Miami VA Healthcare System||1201 N.W. 16th St. Miami, FL 33125||305-575-7000|
|Orlando VA Medical Center||13800 Veterans Way Orlando, FL 32827||407-631-1000|
|West Palm Beach VAMC||7305 N. Military Trail West Palm Beach, FL 33410-6400||561-422-8262|
|Jacksonville OPC||1536 N Jefferson St Jacksonville, FL 32209||877-870-5048|
|Lake Baldwin OPC||5201 Raymond Street Orlando, FL 32803||407-646-5500|
|Lee County VA Healthcare Center||2489 Diplomat Parkway East Cape Coral, FL 33909||239-652-1800|
|New Port Richey OPC||7900 Little Road New Port Richey, FL 34654||727-869-4100|
|Sergeant Ernest I. "Boots" Thomas VA Clinic||2181 East Orange Avenue Tallahassee, FL 32311||800-541-8387|
|Southpoint Clinic||6900 Southpoint Dr North Jacksonville, FL 32209||904-470-6900|
|The Villages OPC||8900 SE 165th Mulberry Ln. The Villages, FL 32162||877-649-0024|
|Viera OPC||2900 Veterans Way Viera, FL 32940||321-637-3788|
|William V. Chappell, Jr., VA OPC||551 National Health Care Drive Daytona Beach, FL 32114||386-323-7500|
|Port St. Lucie VA Specialty Clinic||126 SW Chamber Court Port St Lucie, FL 34986||772-878-7876|
|Boca Raton CBOC||901 Meadows Road Boca Raton, FL 33433||561-416-8995|
|Bradenton Community-Based Outpatient Clinic||5520 S.R. 64 Suite 101 Bradenton, FL 34208||941-721-0649|
|Brooksville CBOC||14540 Cortez Blvd., Suite 108 Brooksville, FL 34613||352-597-8287|
|Clermont Community Based Outpatient Clinic||3200 Citrus Tower Blvd. Clermont, FL 34711||352-536-8200|
|Deerfield Beach VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic||2100 S.W. 10th St. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442||954-570-5572|
|Delray Beach CBOC||4800 Linton Blvd., Building E, Suite 300 Delray Beach, FL 33445||561-495-1973|
|Deltona Community Based Outpatient Clinic||1200 Deltona Boulevard Deltona, FL 32725||386-575-5000|
|Fort Pierce CBOC||1901 South 25th Street, Suite 103 Ft. Pierce, FL 34947||772-595-5150|
|Healthcare for Homeless Veterans||1492 W. Flagler St., Suite 101 Miami, FL 33135||305-541-5864|
|Healthcare for Homeless Veterans||1492 Flagler St Miami, FL 33135||305-541-5864|
|Hollywood VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic||3702 Washington St., Suite 201 Hollywood, FL 33021||954-986-1811|
|Homestead VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic||950 Krome Ave., Suite 401 Homestead, FL 33030||305-248-0874|
|James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital Primary Care Annex||13515 Lake Terrace Lane Tampa, FL 33637||813-998-8000|
|Key Largo VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic||105662 Overseas Highway Key Largo, FL 33037||305-451-0164|
|Key West VA Outpatient Clinic||1300 Douglas Circle, Building L-15 Key West, FL 33040||305-293-4863|
|Kissimmee CBOC||701 Union Street Kissimmee, FL 34741||407-518-5004|
|Lakeland CBOC||4237 South Pipkin Rd Lakeland, FL 33811||863-701-2470|
|Lecanto||2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Suite A Lecanto, FL 34461||352-746-8000|
|Leo C. Chase, Jr. VA Clinic||100 Deerfield Preserve Blvd St. Augustine, FL 32086||866-401-8387|
|Marianna CBOC||4970 Highway 90 Marianna, FL 32446||850-718-5620|
|Middleburg VA Clinic||400 College Drive, Suite 200 Middleburg, FL 32068-8525||904-213-2700|
|Naples Community-Based Outpatient Clinic||800 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N. Naples, FL 34102 Mailing Address: Goodlette-Frank Rd. N. Naples, FL 34102||239-659-9188|
|Ocala CBOC||1515 Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 34470||352-369-3320|
|Okeechobee CBOC||1201 N. Parrot Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972||863-824-3232|
|Palatka CBOC||400 North State Road 19, Suite 48 Palatka, FL 32177||386-329-8800|
|Palm Harbor Community-Based Outpatient Clinic||35209 US Highway 19 North Palm Harbor, FL 34684||727-734-5276|
|Pembroke Pines VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic||7369 W. Sheridan St., Suite 102 Hollywood, FL 33024||954-894-1668|
|Perry CBOC||1224 N. Peacock Ave. Perry, FL 32347||850-223-8387|
|Port Charlotte Community-Based Outpatient Clinic||4161 Tamiami Trail Suite 401 & Suite 602 (Annex Bldg) Port Charlotte, FL 33952||941-235-2710|
|Sarasota Community-Based Outpatient Clinic||5682 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 100 Sarasota, FL 34233||941-371-3349|
|Sebring Community-Based Outpatient Clinic||5901 U.S. Highway 27 South Sebring, FL 33870||863-471-6227|
|St. Petersburg Community-Based Outpatient Clinic||840 Dr. MLK Jr. Street N St. Petersburg, FL 33705||727-502-1700|
|Stuart CBOC||3501 S E Willoughby Boulevard Stuart, FL 34997||772-288-0304|
|Tavares Community Based Outpatient Clinic||1390 E. Burleigh Blvd. Tavares, FL 32778||352-253-2900|
|Vero Beach CBOC||372 17th Street Vero Beach, FL 32960||772-299-4623|
|William Bill Kling VA Clinic||9800 W. Commercial Blvd. Sunrise, FL 33351||954-475-5500|
|Zephyrhills CBOC||6937 Medical View Ln Zephyrhills, FL 33541||813-780-2550|
|Clearwater Vet Center||29259 US Hwy 19 North Clearwater, FL 337612102||727-549-3600|
|Clermont Vet Center||1655 East Highway 50, Suite 102 Clermont, FL 34711||352-536-6701|
|Daytona Beach Vet Center||1620 Mason Ave., Suite C Daytona Beach, FL 32117||386-366-6600|
|Fort Lauderdale Vet Center||3666 West Oakland Park Blvd Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33311||954-714-2381|
|Fort Myers Vet Center||2891 Center Pointe Drive, Suite 100 Ft. Myers, FL 33916||239-652-1861|
|Gainesville Vet Center||105 NW 75th Street, Suite #2 Gainesville, FL 32607||352-331-1408|
|Jacksonville, FL Vet Center||3728 Phillips Highway, Suite 31 Jacksonville, FL 32207||904-399-8351|
|Jupiter Vet Center||6650 W. Indiantown Rd., Suite 120 Jupiter, FL 33458-4673||561-422-1220|
|Lakeland Vet Center||1370 Ariana St. Lakeland, FL 33803||863-284-0841|
|Melbourne Vet Center||2098 Sarno Road Melbourne, FL 32935||321-254-3410|
|Miami Vet Center||8280 NW 27th St Suite 511 Miami, FL 33122||305-718-3712|
|Naples Vet Center||2705 Horseshoe Dr. South, Suite #204 Naples, FL 34104||239-403-2377|
|Ocala Vet Center||3300 SW 34th Avenue, Suite 140 Ocala, FL 34474||352-237-1947|
|Orlando Vet Center||5575 S. Semoran Blvd., Suite #30 Orlando, FL 32822||407-857-2800|
|Palm Beach Vet Center||4996 10th Ave North, Suite 6 Greenacres, FL 33463||561-422-1201|
|Pasco County Vet Center||5139 Deer Park Drive New Port Richey, FL 34653||727-372-1854|
|Pompano Beach Vet Center||2300 West Sample Road, Suite 102 Pompano, FL 33073||954-984-1669|
|RCS Southeast District 2 District Office||450 Carillon Parkway, Suite 150 St. Petersburg, FL 33716||727-398-9343|
|Sarasota Vet Center||4801 Swift Rd. Suite A Sarasota, FL 34231||941-927-8285|
|St. Petersburg Vet Center||6798 Crosswinds North, Building A St. Petersburg, FL 33710||727-549-3633|
|Tallahassee Vet Center||2002 Old St. Augustine Road Bldg A Suite 10 Tallahassee, FL 32301||850-942-8810|
|Tampa Vet Center||9206 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619||813-327-0400|
|Eglin CBOC||100 Veterans Way Eglin AFB, FL 32542||866-520-7359|
|Joint Ambulatory Care Center||790 Veterans Way Pensacola, FL 32507||850-912-2000|
|Panama City Outpatient Clinic||2600 Veterans Way(along Magnolia Beach Road) Panama City Beach, FL 32408||850-636-7000|
|Bay County Vet Center||3109 Minnesota Ave, Suite 101 Panama City, FL 32405||850-522-6102|
|Okaloosa County Vet Center||6 11th Avenue, Suite G-1 Shalimar, FL 32579||850-651-1000|
|Pensacola Vet Center||4504 Twin Oaks Drive Pensacola, FL 32506||850-456-6113|