How to Apply for Veterans Disability
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Veterans Disability Benefits in New Jersey
New Jersey is the proud home of over 300,000 veterans. The state, known for its rich history and diverse culture, has a deep appreciation for those who have put their lives on the line for our country. In recognition of their service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a range of benefits to veterans residing in New Jersey.
One important benefit is the VA Disability program, which provides monthly financial support to veterans living with disabilities linked to their military service.
VA Disability Compensation
The VA rates each disability from 10% to 100% based on the severity of the condition. A higher rating means that more money is sent to the veteran each month. If a veteran has multiple disabilities, each one gets a separate rating. These ratings are then combined and aggregated into a single overall rating.
Veterans usually need to take part in a Compensation & Pension (C&P) exam, which is a medical test run by the VA to identify and rate the veteran's service-related disabilities.
Eligibility Requirements for VA Disability Benefits
To qualify for VA benefits, New Jersey 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.
Eligibility rules can seem confusing. Pro tip: it really helps to be prepared.
In order for your claim to be approved, your current health condition must be linked to active duty service. You need solid medical evidence that shows this connection, so keep your medical documents and any witness testimonies well organized.
How to Apply for VA Disability in New Jersey
When it's time to apply for VA disability benefits, start by gathering the necessary documents like military records, medical files, and discharge papers.
Be aware that the type of military discharge you received can greatly influence your eligibility for VA benefits. For instance, a dishonorable discharge can make you ineligible for VA services and benefits.
Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000
It is recommended that you apply for disability benefits online at VA.gov. If you don't have access to a computer with internet, you can mail your application or deliver it in person to your local VA office.
To mail your application, 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
If applying in person, visit your local VA office for assistance. Be sure to keep copies of all your documents.
Processing times can differ, usually from 3-6 months, or even longer. Submitting complete and accurate information helps speed up the process.
Appeal a Denial
Was your VA disability claim denied? You have the right to appeal the decision by submitting a Notice of Disagreement. This form must be sent within one year from the date of the denial notice.
Prepare your medical records, relevant documents, and any testimonies that can establish a connection between your disability and your time in service. Having strong medical evidence will strengthen your appeal and improve your chances of reversing the initial decision.
Other VA Benefits for New Jersey Veterans
In addition to disability benefits, the VA provides many other benefits that can improve the lives of veterans and their families.
Additional VA benefits include:
- VA Life Insurance
- VA Burial Benefits
- Education and Training
- VetSuccess on Campus
- Health Care
- VA Pension
- VA Loans
- Dependents and Survivor Benefits
Being a veteran in New Jersey means you can receive VA disability benefits and other VA services. These benefits can provide financial support, health care, education opportunities, and more. They are designed to express our gratitude for your service and to support the transition from military service to civilian life.
If you're a New Jersey veteran living with health problems related to your military service, don't wait to apply for Veterans Disability benefits. By taking advantage of all the benefits the VA provides, you can improve your health, financial situation, and overall quality of life.
New Jersey — VA Office Locations
Veterans Benefits Administration
|Newark Regional Office
|20 Washington Place Newark, NJ 07102
|Intake Site At Earle Naval Weapons
|NWS Earle Fleet and Family Support Center 201 Hwy 34, Bldg C59 Colt's Neck, NJ 07722
|Intake Site At Fort Dix
|HQ, US Army Garrison, HRM, Bldg 5418 Fort Dix, NJ 08640
|Intake Site At Fort Monmouth
|Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) Fort Monmouth, NJ 07703
|Intake Site At Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station
|Fleet & Family Support Center Lakehurst, NJ 08733
|Intake Site At McGuire Air Force Base
|Family Support Center McGuire AFB, NJ 08641
National Cemetery Administration
|Beverly National Cemetery
|916 Bridgeboro Road Beverly, NJ 08010
|Finn's Point National Cemetery
|454 Fort Mott Road Pennsville, NJ 08070
Veterans Health Administration
|VA New Jersey Health Care System
|385 Tremont Avenue East Orange, NJ 07018
|East Orange Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System
|385 Tremont Avenue East Orange, NJ 07018
|Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System
|151 Knollcroft Road Lyons, NJ 07939
|385 Prospect Avenue Hackensack, NJ 07601
|3635 Quakerbridge Rd Hamilton, NJ 08619
|James J. Howard Community Clinic (Brick, NJ)
|970 Rt. 70 Brick, NJ 08724
|Jersey City CBOC
|115 Christopher Columbus Drive, Suite #201 Jersey, NJ 07302
|540 West Hanover Ave Morristown, NJ 07960
|11 Getty Avenue, Building #275, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center Paterson, NJ 07503
|14 WILLS WAY, BUILDING 5 Piscataway, NJ 08854
|Sussex Outpatient Clinic
|222 High Street Newton, NJ 07860
|Tinton Falls Community Based Outpatient Clinic
|55 Gilbert St Tinton Falls, NJ 07701
|Bloomfield Vet Center
|2 Broad St. Suite 703 Bloomfield, NJ 07003
|Lakewood Vet Center
|1255 Route 70 Suite 22N Lakewood, NJ 08701
|Secaucus Vet Center
|110A Meadowlands Parkway, Suite 102 Secaucus, NJ 07094
|Trenton Vet Center
|934 Parkway Ave. Suite 201 Ewing, NJ 08618
|Camden VA Outpatient Clinic
|300 Broadway, Suite 103 Camden, NJ 08104
|Atlantic County CBOC
|1909 New Road Northfield, NJ 08225
|Burlington County CBOC
|3000 Lincoln Drive East Marlton, NJ 08053
|Cape May County CBOC
|3801 US 9 South – Unit 2 Rio Grande, NJ 08242
|Cumberland County CBOC
|79 W. Landis Avenue Vineland, NJ 08360
|Veterans Health Clinic at Gloucester County (642GD)
|211 County House Road Sewell, NJ 08080-2525
|South Jersey Vet Center
|2900 Fire Road Suite 101 Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234