Veterans Disability Benefits in Louisiana

Residents of Louisiana hold a deep respect for their veterans, acknowledging their courage and sacrifices made for the country. In honor of their commitment, there are several benefits available to eligible veterans, including education programs, VA loans, and, importantly, VA disability benefits.

The Veterans Disability program, managed by the U.S. Veterans Affairs, provides financial support to veterans who suffered an injury or illness while on active military duty.

What Is a VA Disability Rating?

When a Louisiana veteran files a disability claim, the VA conducts a thorough examination of their medical condition. The severity of the veteran's condition is the basis for a disability rating, which ranges from 10% to 100%.

This disability rating is important because it determines the monthly compensation the veteran is eligible to receive. A higher rating, signifying a more severe disability, means a larger monthly payout.

In the case of multiple disabilities, the VA evaluates each one separately based on its severity and impact on the veteran's day-to-day life. Each disability receives a distinct rating before the ratings are combined into a single, comprehensive rating.

How to Qualify for Veterans Disability Benefits in Louisiana

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.

Louisiana veterans seeking VA disability benefits must have been on active duty and should be suffering from a service-related disability. The VA determines disability ratings from 10% to 100%, and the compensation corresponds to the cumulative severity of all disabilities.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Louisiana

Louisiana veterans who want to apply for VA disability benefits should start by gathering all necessary military and medical records. This includes your DD214, any other documents related to your military separation, along with medical evidence backing up your disability claim. If you have dependents, ensure you have their records available too.

When preparing your claim, it's important to be thorough. Make sure you have a clear understanding of why you're eligible for disability compensation. This will generally include evidence that you have a current physical or mental disability, and that this disability was caused or exacerbated by your military service.

You can file your claim online, by mail, or in person at a regional VA office. The best way to file a claim is by logging in to

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

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

After you've submitted your claim, you may be asked to attend a Compensation & Pension (C&P) exam. This is a medical exam conducted by a VA or VA-contracted clinician to assess the severity of your disability and determine your disability rating.

If you need assistance or have questions, call the toll-free hotline at 800-827-1000.

If Your Louisiana VA Claim Is Denied

If your VA disability claim is denied in Louisiana, you have the right to appeal. Start your appeal by filing a Notice of Disagreement with the VA within one year from the date you received your decision.

The appeal process can be intricate, so consider reaching out to a disability attorney or a Veterans Service Officer. Processing times can range from several months to a few years, largely depending on the complexity of the appeal and the evidence required.

VA Benefits Available to Louisiana Veterans

Along with disability benefits, the VA has a multitude of programs available for veterans, like healthcare services, home loan programs, educational benefits, and more.

Louisiana veterans can access the following VA benefits:

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

For Louisiana veterans with dreams of homeownership, the VA Home Loans program makes securing a home loan much easier. If you're looking to continue your education or further your career, the VA is ready to support you. Programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill are designed to help veterans achieve their educational and professional aspirations.

Louisiana veterans experiencing health issues related to their service should consider applying for Veterans Disability benefits. Alongside other VA support programs, these benefits can substantially improve the quality of life for veterans and their families.

Louisiana — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
New Orleans Regional Office 1250 Poydras Street New Orleans, LA 70113 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Barksdale Air Force Base Department of Veterans Affairs New Orleans, LA 70113
Intake Site At Fort Polk Bayne Jones Army Community Hospital1585 3rd St. Rm 1221 Fort Polk, LA 71459
Intake Site At NSA (No MOU) Department of Veterans Affairs New Orleans, LA 70113

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Alexandria National Cemetery 209 East Shamrock Street Pineville, LA 71360 Mailing Address: 303 West Mount Pleasant Road Zachary, LA 70791 225-654-1988
Baton Rouge National Cemetery 220 North 19th Street Baton Rouge, LA 70806 Mailing Address: 303 West Mount Pleasant Road Zachary, LA 70791 225-654-1988
Louisiana National Cemetery 303 W. Mount Pleasant Road Zachary, LA 70791 Mailing Address: 303 West Mount Pleasant Road Zachary, LA 70791 225-654-1988
Port Hudson National Cemetery 20978 Port Hickey Road Zachary, LA 70791 Mailing Address: 303 West Mount Pleasant Road Zachary, LA 70791 225-654-1988

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Alexandria VA Health Care System 2495 Shreveport Hwy 71 N Pineville, LA 71360-4044 Mailing Address: Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, P.O. Box 69004 Alexandria, LA 71306-9004 318-473-0010
Overton Brooks VA Medical Center 510 E. Stoner Ave. Shreveport, LA 71101-4295 318-221-8411
Shreveport 510 E Stoner Ave Shreveport, LA 71101
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System 2400 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70119 800-935-8387
Baton Rouge Outpatient Clinic (North Clinic) 7968 Essen Park Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70809 225-761-3400
Baton Rouge Outpatient Clinic (South Clinic) 7850 Anselmo Lane Baton Rouge, LA 70810 225-761-3400
Bogalusa VA Outpatient Clinic 521 Ontario Avenue Bogalusa, LA 70427 985-735-9029
Fort Polk CBOC 3353 University Parkway Leesville, LA 71446 337-392-3800
Franklin VA Outpatient Clinic 603 Haifleigh Street Franklin, LA 70538 337-828-9092
Hammond VA Outpatient Clinic 1131 South Morrison Boulevard Hammond, LA 70403 985-902-5100
Houma CBOC 6433 West Park Avenue Houma, LA 70364 985-851-0188
Jennings Clinic 1907 Johnson St. Jennings, LA 70546 337-824-1000
Knight Street Clinic 3000 Knight Street Building 5 Shreveport, LA 71105 318-221-8411
Lafayette CBOC Campus A—Specialty and Primary Care 3149 Ambassador Caffery Parkway Lafayette, LA 70501 337-706-3415
Lafayette CBOC Campus B—Mental Health 309 St. Julien Avenue Lafayette, LA 70506 337-706-3415
Lake Charles CBOC 3601 Gerstner Memorial Drive, Hwy14 Lake Charles, LA 70607 337-475-9500
Monroe CBOC 1691 Bienville Dr Monroe, LA 71203 318-343-6100
Natchitoches CBOC 740 Keyser Avenue Natchitoches, LA 71457 318-357-3300
New Orleans VA Outpatient Clinic 2400 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70119
Slidell VA Outpatient Clinic 60491 Doss Dr Ste B Slidell, LA 70460 985-690-2626
St. John VA Outpatient Clinic 4004 West Airline Hwy. Reserve, LA 70084 504-565-4705
Alexandria, LA Vet Center 5803 Coliseum Blvd., Sute D Alexandria, LA 71303 318-466-4327
Baton Rouge Vet Center 7850 Anselmo Lane, Suite B Baton Rouge, LA 70810 225-761-3140
New Orleans Vet Center 1250 Poydras Street, 4th Floor, Suite 400 New Orleans, LA 70113 504-507-4977
Shreveport Vet Center 1255 Shreveport Barksdale Highway Shreveport, LA 71105 318-861-1776