How to Apply for Veterans Disability
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Veterans Disability Benefits in New Mexico
New Mexico is home to over 100,000 brave veterans. To acknowledge their selfless service to the nation, the VA provides a variety of benefits to veterans residing in the Land of Enchantment.
One of the main benefit programs administered by the VA is the Veterans Disability program. The VA provides monthly financial compensation to veterans who are struggling with disabilities related to their military service.
How the VA Disability Program Works
Understanding VA disability ratings and how the program works can be helpful when applying for VA disability benefits.
The VA uses a rating system to gauge the severity of the disabilities. Each disability is assigned a percentage ranging from 10% to 100%, with higher percentages indicating a more serious condition and thus a larger monthly payment.
Veterans are typically required to undergo a Compensation & Pension (C&P) exam. Conducted by the VA, this medical assessment helps determine the severity of a veteran's service-related disability.
If a veteran has multiple disabilities, each is evaluated separately. These individual ratings are then consolidated to provide a total overall disability rating.
Eligibility Requirements for VA Disability Benefits
To qualify for VA benefits, New Mexico 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.
For a successful VA disability claim, having strong medical evidence is key. Your medical evidence should be able to prove your health complications are a result of your military service.
Well-documented medical records help paint a clear picture of how your condition developed or worsened during your service. The stronger and more detailed this evidence, the better your chances of getting the benefits you rightly deserve.
How to Apply for VA Disability in New Mexico
Gather your documents and medical evidence before you apply for disability benefits. Include your military records, doctor statements, and your DD214 form or other confirmation of your military separation.
Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000
Once you've gathered all your necessary paperwork, you're ready to apply. The easiest way to submit a claim is online at VA.gov. Click on "Sign in to start your application" and follow the on-screen instructions.
If you don't have internet access, you can mail your application or drop it off yourself at the 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. Don't forget to keep copies of all your documents for future reference.
Processing times at the VA can vary, typically taking between 3-6 months or possibly longer. To expedite the process, be sure to provide complete and accurate information in your claim.
Appeal a Denial
If you're a New Mexico veteran and your VA disability claim is denied, you have the right to file an appeal and protest the decision. Start your appeal by submitting a Notice of Disagreement form within a year from when you received the denial notice.
Collect all medical records, documents, and witness testimonies that help establish the connection between your disability and your military service. The best way to win your appeal is to present strong medical evidence of your service-connected disability.
VA Benefits Available to New Mexico Veterans
In addition to disability benefits, the VA provides several other benefits to improve the lives of veterans and their families.
New Mexico veterans can access the following VA benefits:
- Education and Training
- VA Loans
- VA Burial Benefits
- Health Care
- VA Life Insurance
- VetSuccess on Campus
- Dependents and Survivor Benefits
- VA Pension
VA benefits offer valuable support to veterans who have honorably served our nation. As a New Mexico veteran dealing with health issues arising from your service, don't wait to apply for Veterans Disability benefits.
Claiming VA disability, along with other benefits, equips veterans with resources that can uplift their health, financial situation, and overall quality of life.
New Mexico — VA Office Locations
Veterans Benefits Administration
|Albuquerque Regional Office||500 Gold Avenue, S.W. Albuquerque, NM 87102 Mailing Address: PO Box 900 Albuquerque, NM 87103||800-827-1000|
National Cemetery Administration
|Fort Bayard National Cemetery||200 Camino De Paz Fort Bayard, NM 88036 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1111 Santa Clara, NM 88026||505-988-6400|
|Santa Fe National Cemetery||501 North Guadalupe Street Santa Fe, NM 87501||505-988-6400|
Veterans Health Administration
|Clovis CBOC||921 East Llano Estacado Clovis, NM 88101||575-763-4335|
|Hobbs CBOC||1601 N Turner (4th Floor) Hobbs, NM 88240||575-391-0354|
|Las Cruces CBOC||3401 Del Rey Boulevard Las Cruces, NM 88012||575-522-1241|
|New Mexico VA Health Care System||1501 San Pedro Drive, SE Albuquerque, NM 87108-5153||505-265-1711|
|Alamogordo CCBOC||3199 N. White Sands Blvd., Suite D10 Alamogordo, NM 88310||575-437-9195|
|Artesia Clinic||2410 W. Main St., Artesia, NM 88210-3712||575-746-3531|
|Espanola CCBOC||105 S. Coronado Ave. Espanola, NM 87532||505-367-4213|
|Farmington CBOC||3605 English Road Farmington, NM 87402||505-326-4383|
|Gallup CBOC||2075 NM Hwy 602 Gallup, NM 87301||505-722-7234|
|Las Vegas CCBOC||624 University Ave., Las Vegas, NM 87701||505-425-1910|
|Northwest Metro||1760 Grande Blvd SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124||505-896-7200|
|Raton CBOC||1493 Whittier Street Raton, NM 87440||575-445-2391|
|Santa Fe CBOC||5152 Beckner Road Santa Fe, NM 87507||505-986-8645|
|Silver City Clinic||2950 Leslie Road Silver City, NM 88061||575-538-2921|
|Taos CCBOC||1353 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur Taos, NM 87571||575-751-0328|
|Truth or Consequences CCBOC||1960 North Date Street Truth or Consequences, NM 87901||575-894-7662|
|Albuquerque Vet Center||2001 Mountain Road NW Albuquerque, NM 87104||505-346-6562|
|Farmington Vet Center||4251 E. Main Suite A Farmington, NM 87402||505-327-9684|
|Las Cruces Vet Center||1120 Commerce Drive, Suite B Las Cruces, NM 88001||575-523-9826|
|Navajo Vet Center Outstation||1616 NM-264 Gallup, NM 87305 Mailing Address: P.O.Box 2369 Window Rock, AZ 86515||844-286-7270|
|Santa Fe Vet Center||2209 Brothers Road Suite 110 Santa Fe, NM 87505||505-988-6562|