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Veterans Disability Benefits in Oregon
Oregon, known for its lush forests and stunning coastline, is proud to be the home to over 250,000 courageous veterans. As a gesture of respect for their selfless service, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers meaningful benefits to Oregon veterans.
One significant benefit is the Veterans Disability program. The program awards monthly financial compensation to eligible veterans with disabilities related to their military service.
Understanding VA Disability Ratings
To determine the level of a veteran's disability, the VA uses a rating system. Each condition is assigned a score that ranges from 10% to 100%. A higher score means the condition is more severe, and accordingly, the veteran is eligible for a larger monthly payment.
Veterans are typically required to participate in a Compensation & Pension (C&P) examination. The VA conducts this medical evaluation to assess the disability and assign it a rating.
If a veteran has multiple disabilities, each condition is rated separately using the VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities. Then the VA uses a special formula to calculate the combined disability rating.
Eligibility Guidelines for VA Disability Benefits
To be considered eligible for VA benefits, Oregon 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.
The success of a VA disability claim largely relies on having medical evidence that directly ties your condition to your active military service. Keep detailed medical records during your military service to increase the possibility of receiving benefits.
Also, the way you separate from the military can determine your eligibility. If you were discharged honorably or under general conditions, you're typically able to get all the benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs like health care, education assistance, and housing support.
But if you left the military with a less-than-honorable discharge, which is also known as a bad conduct or dishonorable discharge, you might be ineligible for VA benefits.
Applying for VA Disability in Oregon
Before applying for disability benefits, gather and arrange all necessary paperwork and medical evidence. Your military records, any medical reports, and your DD214 form that verifies your military service are all crucial. You can also include witness statements that help link your disability to your time on active duty.
When you're ready to apply, you can visit VA.gov. Click on "Sign in to start your application" and follow the instructions.
Need help? Call the VA benefits hotline: 800-827-1000
You can also choose 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
To apply in person, visit your local Oregon VA office. A veterans service officer will be on hand to help answer any questions you may have.
Be aware that the processing times for a VA claim can vary — usually between 3-6 months or possibly longer. An approval may come faster if your claim has complete and accurate information.
Appealing a Denial
If your VA disability claim doesn't go through, don't worry — you can challenge the decision by filing an appeal. Fill out a Notice of Disagreement form and send it to the VA within a year from the date of the denial notice.
When submitting your Notice of Disagreement, attach your medical records, documents, and supporting statements that connect your disability to your time in the military. To win your appeal, you need to prove that your disability is real and directly related to your service in the military.
VA Benefits Available to Oregon Veterans
In addition to disability benefits, the VA offers several other benefits that improve the quality of life for veterans and their families.
Oregon veterans can access the following VA benefits:
- VA Pension
- Education and Training
- Health Care
- VA Burial Benefits
- VetSuccess on Campus
- Dependents and Survivor Benefits
- VA Loans
- VA Life Insurance
These benefits can improve the quality of life for veterans by providing support in a number of areas.
For example, the Health Care services offered by the VA don't only treat existing medical issues, but also encourage preventive care and overall health.
Thinking of buying a house? The VA Loan program can assist you in securing a mortgage loan.
The VA Pension offers financial security, while VA Life Insurance gives you the peace of mind that your family will have financial protection if something were to happen to you.
The VetSuccess on Campus program is there to support veteran students, offering Education and Training programs that can lead to new job opportunities and personal development.
With VA Burial Benefits, families can find some comfort in knowing their loved one's service will be recognized. Dependents and Survivor Benefits make sure that veterans' families are looked after, even after a loss.
These benefits are available to Pennsylvania veterans who have served their country
For disabled veterans, VA Disability benefits are available to former service members who served their country honorably. If you're an Oregon veteran dealing with health issues related to your service, don't wait — reach out to the VA and apply for disability benefits right away.
Oregon — VA Office Locations
Veterans Benefits Administration
|Central Oregon Vet Center
|1645 NE Forbes Rd. Suite 105 Bend, OR 97701
|Eugene Vet Center
|190 East 11th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401
|Grants Pass Vet Center
|135 N.E. Steiger Street Grants Pass, OR 97526
|Portland, OR Vet Center
|1505 NE 122nd Ave. Portland, OR 97230
|Salem Vet Center
|2645 Portland Road NE, Suite 250 Salem, OR 97301
|Portland Regional Office
|100 SW Main Street, Floor 2 Portland, OR 97204 Mailing Address: 100 SW Main St FL 2 Portland, OR 97204
National Cemetery Administration
|Eagle Point National Cemetery
|2763 Riley Rd. Eagle Point, OR 97524
|Fort Stevens National Cemetery
|1090-1140 Russell Drive Hammond, OR 97121
|Roseburg National Cemetery
|913 NW Garden Valley Blvd Roseburg, OR 97471
|Willamette National Cemetery
|11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd. Portland, OR 97086-6937
Veterans Health Administration
|VA Portland Health Care System
|3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road Portland, OR 97239
|Roseburg VA Health Care System
|913 NW Garden Valley Blvd. Roseburg, OR 97471-6513
|White City or VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center
|8495 Crater Lake Hwy. White City, OR 97503
|Eastern Oregon VA Clinic
|635 Hwy 20 North, Suite #4 Hines, OR 97738
|Newport Outreach Clinic
|1010 SW Coast Highway Newport, OR 97365
|The Dalles Outreach Clinic
|704 Veterans Drive The Dalles, OR 97058
|West Linn CBOC
|1750 SW Blankenship Rd Ste 300 West Linn, OR 97068
|2650 NE Courtney Drive Bend, OR 97701
|Brookings VA Clinic
|840 Railroad St Brookings, OR 97415
|Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC)
|308 SW 1st Ave Portland, OR 97204
|Eugene Health Care Center
|3355 Chad Dr. Eugene, OR 97408
|Eugene VA Downtown Clinic
|211 E 7th Ave Suite 118 Eugene, OR 97401
|1800 NE Market Drive Fairview, OR 97024
|Grants Pass West VA CBOC
|1877 Williams Hwy Grants Pass, OR 97527
|1925 NE Stucki Ave., Suite #300 Hillsboro, OR 97006
|Klamath Falls CBOC
|2225 North El Dorado Blvd. Klamath Falls, OR 97601
|La Grande (OR) Community Based Outpatient Clinic
|202 12th Street La Grande, OR 97850
|Lincoln City Clinic
|4422 NE Devils Lake Road, Suite 2 Lincoln City, OR 97367
|Morrow County VA Telehealth Clinic (Boardman OR)
|2 Marine Drive, Suite 103 ~ P.O. Box 1059 Boardman, OR 97818
|North Bend VA Clinic
|2191 Marion Street North Bend, OR 97459
|North Coast CBOC
|91400 N. Neacoxie Street, building 7315 Warrenton, OR 97146
|1750 McGilchrist St. SE, Suite 130 Salem, OR 97302
|Wallowa County VA Telehealth Clinic (Enterprise OR)
|401 NE 1st Street Enterprise, OR 97828