How to Apply for Veterans Disability
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Veterans Disability Benefits in Oklahoma
Oklahoma is home to nearly 300,000 honorable veterans. In recognition of their valiant service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers significant benefits to Oklahoma's veterans.
One key benefit is the Veterans Disability program, which provides monthly financial compensation to eligible veterans with disabilities linked to their service in the military.
VA Disability Ratings
In order to evaluate how severe a disability is, the VA uses a rating system. They look at each condition and assign it a score anywhere from 10% to 100%. The higher the score, the more severe the disability is considered to be, and this means the veteran receives a bigger monthly payment.
In most cases, veterans are required to undergo a Compensation & Pension (C&P) examination. This medical review is conducted by the VA to evaluate the disability and assign it a rating.
Eligibility Guidelines for VA Disability Benefits
To be considered eligible for VA benefits, Oklahoma veterans must meet several eligibility requirements.
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.
A successful VA disability claim depends on having medical proof that shows a direct link between your condition and your service duration. Keeping a comprehensive medical record during your military service can increase your chances of receiving benefits.
Applying for VA Disability in Oklahoma
Before you apply for disability benefits, gather and organize all necessary documents and medical evidence. Your military records, any medical reports, and your DD214 form that proves your military service are essential.
When you're set to apply, you can go to VA.gov. Click on "Sign in to start your application" and follow the step-by-step instructions.
Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000
You also have the option to mail your application or apply at a VA office in person.
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
If you'd rather apply in person, visit your local Oklahoma VA office. A veterans service officer will be available to help answer your questions.
The VA's processing times can vary, typically between 3-6 months or even more. To speed up the process, make sure your claim has complete and correct information.
If Your Claim Is Denied
If your VA disability claim is turned down, you have the right to protest the decision. File an appeal by completing and submitting a Notice of Disagreement form within one year from the date of the denial notice.
Include all relevant medical records, documents, and any witness statements that show your disability is related to your military service. To win your appeal, you need to convince the administrative law judge that your disability is real and linked to your active military service.
VA Benefits Available to Oklahoma Veterans
In addition to disability benefits, the VA provides several other benefits that enrich the lives of veterans and their families.
Oklahoma veterans can access the following VA benefits:
- Health Care
- VetSuccess on Campus
- Education and Training
- VA Burial Benefits
- VA Life Insurance
- VA Pension
- VA Loans
- Dependents and Survivor Benefits
Oklahoma veterans can access a variety of benefits as a sign of gratitude for their service. These benefits provide financial backing and services that assist veterans and their families.
These VA benefits are available to veterans who have honorably served their country. If you're an Oklahoma veteran with health issues linked to your service, don't hesitate — connect with the VA and apply for disability benefits today.
Oklahoma — VA Office Locations
Veterans Benefits Administration
|Muskogee Regional Office
|125 South Main Street Muskogee, OK 74401
|Intake Site At Altus Air Force Base
|Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Manager Altus AFB, OK 73521
|Intake Site At Fort Sill
|VA BDD Office Building 4700, Suite 317, Mow-Way Road Fort Sill, OK 73503
|Intake Site At Sheppard Air Force Base
|455 McNair Road, #118 Fort Sill, OK 73611
|Intake Site At Tinker Air Force Base
|BDD Office/Tinker Clinic Tinker AFB, OK 73145
|Intake Site At Vance Air Force Base
|Airman & Family Readiness Support Center Enid, OK 73703
National Cemetery Administration
|Fort Gibson National Cemetery
|1423 Cemetery Road Ft. Gibson, OK 74434
|Fort Sill National Cemetery
|2648 NE Jake Dunn Road Elgin, OK 73538
Veterans Health Administration
|1569 N. Main St. Jay, OK 74346
|Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System (Jack C. Montgomery VAMC)
|1011 Honor Heights Drive Muskogee, OK 74401
|Oklahoma City VA Health Care System
|921 N.E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104
|Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic / Tulsa
|8921 South Mingo Road Tulsa, OK 74133
|South Oklahoma City VA Clinic
|7919 Mid-America Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73135
|Tulsa Behavioral Medicine Clinic
|10159 E 11th Street Tulsa, OK 74128
|Ada VA Clinic
|717 Better Now Plaza Ada, OK 74820
|Altus VA Clinic
|1604 N. Main Altus, OK 73521
|Ardmore VA Clinic
|1235 12th Avenue NW Ardmore, OK 73401
|Blackwell VA Clinic
|1009 W. Ferguson Ave. Blackwell, OK 74631
|Clinton VA Clinic
|315 West Gary Boulevard Clinton, OK 73601-2835
|Enid VA Clinic
|401 S. 3rd St. Enid, OK 73701
|Fourteenth Street VA Clinic
|1301 Northeast Fourteenth Street Oklahoma City, OK 73117-2018
|Jack C. Montgomery East
|2414 E. Shawnee Bypass Muskogee, OK 74403
|Lawton VA Clinic
|4303 Pitman Street, Building 4303 Fort Sill, OK 73503 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 33326 Fort Sill, OK 73503
|McAlester VA Outpatient Clinic
|2 E. Clark Bass Blvd (in Vascular Bldg., 2nd floor). McAlester, OK 74501
|McCurtain County Community Based Outpatient Clinic
|903 SE Washington St. Idabel, OK 74745
|Norman VA Clinic
|1020 24th Avenue Northwest Norman, OK 73069-6341
|North May VA Clinic
|2915 Pine Ridge Road Oklahoma City, OK 73120
|Stillwater VA Clinic
|320 N. Perkins Road Stillwater, OK 74075-5513
|Tinker VA Clinic
|7050 Air Depot, 72nd Medical Group, Suite 1094 Tinker AFB, OK 73145-8716
|Tulsa VA Dental Clinic
|5110 South Yale, Suite 200 Tulsa, OK 74135
|Vinita Outpatient Clinic
|269 S 7th St Vinita, OK 74301
|Lawton Vet Center
|10 SW 2nd St. Ste 4 Lawton, OK 73501
|Oklahoma City Vet Center
|6804 N. Robinson Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73116
|Tulsa Vet Center
|6130 E. 81st Street Suite 200 Tulsa, OK 74137