Veterans Disability Benefits in Montana

Famous for its stunning natural beauty, Montana is also home to countless veterans who have bravely served our nation.

In gratitude and acknowledgment of their selfless service and commitment, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a variety of benefits to veterans residing in Montana.

One primary benefit available to veterans is the VA Disability program, which provides monthly financial compensation to veterans experiencing disabilities related to their time in military service.

Understanding VA Disability Ratings

When applying for VA disability benefits, it's important to understand how service-linked disabilities are evaluated. The VA applies a rating system, assigning a percentage from 10% to 100% to your disability.

The severity of your condition affects the rating you'll receive. This rating plays a key role in determining the monthly financial assistance you can receive. A higher rating means the veteran receives a larger monthly payment.

Veterans with multiple disabilities will have each disability evaluated individually. These separate ratings are then aggregated and adjusted to give a comprehensive overall rating.

Veterans are often required to undergo a Compensation & Pension (C&P) exam. Conducted by the VA, this medical examination helps to identify and assess the severity of service-related disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements for VA Disability Benefits

To qualify for VA benefits, Montana 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.

If you're a veteran seeking VA disability benefits, the primary goal is to show a clear link between your disability and your time in service. One of the best ways to do this is by having strong medical records that track your health over time.

Also, don't forget how important it is to leave the military on good terms. Veterans who leave with an honorable or general discharge usually have access to a wider array of benefits like education programs, healthcare, and housing assistance. These benefits can help make your transition to civilian life as smooth as possible.

How to Apply for VA Disability in Montana

To apply for VA disability benefits, start by assembling all necessary paperwork. This includes your military records, medical documents, and your DD214 form or other service separation papers.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

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

After you've gathered all your documents, it's time to start your application. The quickest and easiest way is to do it online at Just look for the "Sign in to start your application" link and follow the prompts — it's pretty straightforward.

If you're not comfortable doing it online or you don't have access to the internet, you can mail in your application or drop it off in person at your nearest VA office.

To apply by mail, download and fill out the Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension (VA Form 21-526EZ), and mail it to:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444

To apply in person, visit your local VA office. Montana has several VA offices where you can hand in your application and supporting documentation. Remember to keep copies of all submitted documents for your records.

Processing time by the VA can vary, often ranging from 3-6 months or longer depending on the specifics of the claim.

Appeal a Denial

If you're a veteran from Montana and your VA disability claim gets denied, don't lose hope. You can appeal by filling out and submitting a Notice of Disagreement form. Make sure you do this within a year from the date you got the denial notice.

Having solid medical proof is going to significantly influence the outcome of your appeal. Gather all the medical records, documents, and any statements from experts that make it clear there's a link between your disability and your time in the military. If you have convincing medical evidence, there is a good chance you will win your appeal.

VA Benefits Available to Montana Veterans

In addition to disability benefits, the VA offers many other benefits to support and improve the lives of veterans and their families.

Montana veterans can take advantage of the following VA benefits:

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

These VA benefits offer essential support to those who have served our nation honorably in the military. They ensure a smoother transition from military to civilian life, providing resources for healthcare, education, housing, and financial stability. They are designed to honor the service of veterans and help elevate their quality of life following their military service.

If you're a Montana veteran dealing with health issues connected to your military service, apply for Veterans Disability benefits today. Applying for VA disability and other benefits is a proactive way for veterans to access resources that can support and improve their health, finances, and overall quality of life. This ensures a comprehensive support system for veterans as they transition from the military.

Montana — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Fort Harrison VA Medical Center 3687 Veterans Drive Fort Harrison, MT 59636 406-442-6410
Fort Harrison Regional Office 3633 Veterans Drive Fort Harrison, MT 59636-0188 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Malmstrom Air Force Base VA Regional Office 3633 Veterans Drive Fort Harrison, MT 59636

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Fort Missoula Post Cemetery Guardsman Lane Missoula, MT 59804 303-761-0117
Yellowstone National Cemetery 55 Buffalo Trail Road Laurel, MT 59044 406-647-2746

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Anaconda VA Clinic 118 East 7th St., Suite 2A Anaconda, MT 59711 406-496-3000
Benjamin Charles Steele VA Clinic (Billings Specialty Clinic) 1766 Majestic Lane Billings, MT 59102 406-373-3500
Cut Bank VA Clinic #8 2nd Ave SE Cut Bank, MT 59427 406-873-9047
Glasgow VA Clinic 630 Second Ave. South, Suite A Glasgow, MT 59230 406-228-4101
Hamilton VA Clinic 299 Fairgrounds Suite A Hamilton, MT 59840 406-363-3352
Helena VA Clinic (Sleep Disorders) 2271 Deerfield Lane Helena, MT 59601 406-447-7443
Lewistown VA Clinic 629 NE Main St., Suite 1 Lewistown, MT 59457 406-535-4790
Merril Lundman VA Clinic (Havre, MT) US Highway 2 NW, Suite 3 Havre, MT 59501 406-265-4304
Plentywood VA Clinic 440 West Laurel Ave. Plentywood, MT 59254 406-765-3719
Bozeman VA Clinic 300 N. Willson, Suite 703G Bozeman, MT 59715 406-582-5300
Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow VA Clinic (Billings CBOC) 1775 Spring Creek Lane Billings, MT 59102
Glendive VA Clinic 2000 Montana Ave. Glendive, MT 59330 406-377-4755
Great Falls VA Clinic 1400 29th Street South, Suite 1 Great Falls, MT 59405 406-771-5800
Kalispell VA Clinic 31 Three Mile Dr., Suite 102 Kalispell, MT 59901 406-758-2700
Miles City VA Clinic and Community Living Center 210 S. Winchester Miles City, MT 59301 406-874-5600
Missoula VA Clinic (Multi-Specialty) 2687 Palmer St., Suite C Missoula, MT 59808 406-493-3700
Billings Vet Center 2795 Enterprise Ave., Suite 1 Billings, MT 59102 406-657-6071
Great Falls Vet Center 615 2nd Avenue North Great Falls, MT 59401 406-452-9048
Helena Vet Center Outstation 1301 Elm Street Suite C Helena, MT 59601 406-457-8060
Kalispell Vet Center 690 North Meridian Road, Suite 101 Kalispell, MT 59901 406-257-7308
Missoula Vet Center 910 Brooks St. Suite 101 Missoula, MT 59801 406-721-4918
Libby Rural Health Clinic 211 E. Second St. Libby, MT 59923 406-293-8711