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.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

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

It is recommended that you apply for disability benefits online at 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

Name Address Phone Number
Newark Regional Office 20 Washington Place Newark, NJ 07102 800-827-1000
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

Name Address Phone Number
Beverly National Cemetery 916 Bridgeboro Road Beverly, NJ 08010 215-504-5610
Finn's Point National Cemetery 454 Fort Mott Road Pennsville, NJ 08070 215-504-5610

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
VA New Jersey Health Care System 385 Tremont Avenue East Orange, NJ 07018 973-676-1000
East Orange Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System 385 Tremont Avenue East Orange, NJ 07018 973-676-1000
Lyons Campus of the VA New Jersey Health Care System 151 Knollcroft Road Lyons, NJ 07939 908-647-0180
Hackensack CBOC 385 Prospect Avenue Hackensack, NJ 07601 201-342-4536
Hamilton CBOC 3635 Quakerbridge Rd Hamilton, NJ 08619 609-570-6600
James J. Howard Community Clinic (Brick, NJ) 970 Rt. 70 Brick, NJ 08724 732-206-8900
Jersey City CBOC 115 Christopher Columbus Drive, Suite #201 Jersey, NJ 07302 201-435-3055
Morristown CBOC 540 West Hanover Ave Morristown, NJ 07960 973-539-9791
Paterson CBOC 11 Getty Avenue, Building #275, St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center Paterson, NJ 07503 973-247-1666
Piscataway CBOC 14 WILLS WAY, BUILDING 5 Piscataway, NJ 08854 732-981-8193
Sussex Outpatient Clinic 222 High Street Newton, NJ 07860 973-756-1504
Tinton Falls Community Based Outpatient Clinic 55 Gilbert St Tinton Falls, NJ 07701 732-842-4751
Bloomfield Vet Center 2 Broad St. Suite 703 Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973-748-0980
Lakewood Vet Center 1255 Route 70 Suite 22N Lakewood, NJ 08701 732-905-0327
Secaucus Vet Center 110A Meadowlands Parkway, Suite 102 Secaucus, NJ 07094 201-223-7787
Trenton Vet Center 934 Parkway Ave. Suite 201 Ewing, NJ 08618 609-882-5744
Camden VA Outpatient Clinic 300 Broadway, Suite 103 Camden, NJ 08104 877-232-5240
Atlantic County CBOC 1909 New Road Northfield, NJ 08225 800-461-8262
Burlington County CBOC 3000 Lincoln Drive East Marlton, NJ 08053 844-441-5499
Cape May County CBOC 3801 US 9 South – Unit 2 Rio Grande, NJ 08242 800-461-8262
Cumberland County CBOC 79 W. Landis Avenue Vineland, NJ 08360 800-461-8262
Veterans Health Clinic at Gloucester County (642GD) 211 County House Road Sewell, NJ 08080-2525 877-823-5230
South Jersey Vet Center 2900 Fire Road Suite 101 Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 609-487-8387