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Veterans Disability Benefits in Kansas
Kansas is known for its patriotism and residents have a deep appreciation for the veterans who have honorably served their country. In recognition of their service and commitment, eligible veterans are entitled to a variety of VA benefits.
The U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) administers Veterans Disability benefits for qualifying veterans who fell ill or were injured during their active military service.
About the Veterans Disability Program
VA disability compensation is awarded based on a rating system determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Once a veteran files a disability claim, the VA evaluates their medical condition and assigns a disability rating, ranging from 10% to 100%.
This rating dictates the amount of monthly compensation a veteran will receive. A higher rating signifies a more severe disability, resulting in a larger monthly payment.
When a Kansas veteran has more than one disability, each condition is evaluated individually by the VA. A rating is assigned to each disability based on its severity and impact on the veteran's life. Then, all of these separate ratings are merged into a single comprehensive rating according to VA guidelines. This final overall rating is based on the total impact of all the veteran's service-connected disabilities.
How to Qualify for Veterans Disability Benefits in Kansas
To qualify 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.
Kansas veterans applying for VA disability benefits must have served on active duty and have a service-related disability. The VA assigns disability ratings from 10% to 100%, with the compensation amount being determined by the severity of all combined disabilities.
How to Apply for VA Disability in Kansas
If you're a veteran in Kansas looking to apply for VA disability benefits, begin by organizing all your relevant military and medical records. Important documents include your DD214, any other separation documents, medical reports supporting your disability claim, and dependency records, if applicable.
Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000
You can file your claim online through the VA's website. If you need assistance or have questions, you can reach out to the VA at 800-827-1000. Help is always available to you.
If Your Kansas VA Claim Is Denied
If your VA disability claim is denied, you have the right to file an appeal. To submit your appeal request, file a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. This must be completed within one year from the date the VA sent the decision.
A disability attorney or veterans service officer can provide assistance during your appeal. The entire process can range from several months to a few years, depending on the complexity of the appeal and the amount of evidence required for your claim.
More VA Benefits Available to Kansas Veterans
The VA provides a range of services to veterans in addition to disability benefits. These services include comprehensive healthcare services, home loan programs, education benefits, and more.
VA Benefits include:
Veterans Readiness and Employment
Education and Training
VetSuccess on Campus
VA Life Insurance
Dependents and Survivor Benefits
VA Burial Benefits
For veterans considering homeownership, the VA Home Loans program can be instrumental in securing a home loan. Additionally, the VA encourages veterans to pursue their educational and career goals through initiatives like the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Kansas veterans contending with health issues associated with their military service are strongly urged to apply for Veterans Disability benefits. Together with other VA support programs, these benefits can significantly improve the lives of veterans and their families.
Kansas — VA Office Locations
Veterans Benefits Administration
Wichita Regional Office|
5500 E. Kellogg Wichita, KS 67211|
Intake Site At Fort Leavenworth|
Transition Service Manager/Army Career and Alumni Program office Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027|
Intake Site At Fort Riley|
VA Military Services Coordinators Office Fort Riley, KS 66442|
National Cemetery Administration
Baxter Springs City Soldiers' Lot|
Baxter Springs City Cemetery Baxter Springs, KS 66713|
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery|
395 Biddle Blvd Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027|
Fort Scott National Cemetery|
900 East National Avenue Fort Scott, KS 66701|
Leavenworth National Cemetery|
150 Muncie Road Leavenworth, KS 66048|
Mound City Cemetery Soldiers' Lot|
Woodland Cemetery Mound City, KS 66506|
Veterans Health Administration
Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center|
5500 E. Kellogg Wichita, KS 67218|
VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System - Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center|
2200 SW Gage Boulevard Topeka, KS 66622|
VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System - Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center|
4101 S. 4th Street Leavenworth, KS 66048-5055|
Johnson County/Radiation Oncology VA Clinic|
10500 Mastin St Overland Park, KS 66212|
Chanute - Neosho Memorial Medical Center|
629 South Plummer Chanute, KS 66720|
Dodge City, Kansas CBOC|
2201 Summerlon Circle Dodge City, KS 67843|
Ft Scott CBOC|
902 Horton Street Ft. Scott, KS 66701|
Garnett - Anderson County Hospital|
421 South Maple Garnett, KS 66032|
Hays, Kansas CBOC|
207-B E. 7th Hays, KS 67601|
Hutchinson, Kansas CBOC|
1625 E 30th Ave Hutchinson, KS 67502|
1169 Southwind Drive Junction City, KS 66441|
4821 Quail Crest Place Lawrence, KS 66049|
501 South Hospital Drive Paola, KS 66071|
Parsons, Kansas CBOC|
1907 Harding Dr. Parsons, KS 67357|
Salina, Kansas CBOC|
1410 E. Iron, Suite 1 Salina, KS 67401|
Shawnee VA Clinic|
6830 Anderson Drive Shawnee, KS 66226|
21 N 12th Street, Bethany Medical Building, Suite 110 Kansas City, KS 66102|
Manhattan, KS Vet Center|
1133 College Avenue, Building C, Suite 200 Manhattan, KS 66502|
Wichita Vet Center|
393 N McLean Blvd Wichita, KS 67203|