Veterans Disability Benefits in Rhode Island

Renowned for its scenic coastlines and vibrant culture, Rhode Island is home to over 60,000 veterans.

These veterans, who selflessly and bravely served their country, are acknowledged and honored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through a variety of important services and benefit programs.

A major benefit is the Veterans Disability program, which offers financial compensation to veterans who are living with disabilities linked to their military service.

Understanding the VA Disability Program

The VA uses a rating system to measure the severity of a veteran's disability. They assign a rating to each condition from 10% to 100%. The more critical the condition, the higher the monthly financial assistance a veteran can receive.

A Compensation & Pension (C&P) examination is generally required. The VA carries out this medical review to evaluate the disability and assign it a rating.

For veterans living with multiple disabilities, each condition is rated separately using the VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The VA then calculates a combined disability rating using a specific formula.

Eligibility Guidelines for VA Disability Benefits

To be considered eligible for VA benefits, Rhode Island 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 requires medical evidence that connects your condition to your military service. Keep comprehensive medical records during your service — having these records can increase your chances of receiving benefits.

Your military discharge status can also affect your eligibility. If you were discharged honorably or under general conditions, you can typically access all VA benefits like health care, education assistance, and housing support. However, if you received a dishonorable discharge, you may be ineligible for VA benefits.

Applying for VA Disability in Rhode Island

Before applying for disability benefits, collect all required paperwork and medical evidence, like your military records, medical reports, and your DD214 form that verifies your military service. You can also provide statements from witnesses and colleagues that help connect your disability to your active service.

To submit your claim, visit Click on "Sign in to start your application" and follow the instructions provided.

Click here to file a VA Disability claim.

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

You can also 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 Rhode Island VA office. A certified veterans service officer (VSO) will be there to help if you have any questions.

Processing times for a VA claim can vary, often taking between 3-6 months, depending on your circumstances.

Appealing a Denial

If your VA disability claim is denied, you can file an appeal. Fill out a Notice of Disagreement form and send it to the VA within a year from the date you received the denial notice.

When you submit your Notice of Disagreement, don't forget to include your medical records, related documents, and supporting statements that associate your disability with your military service.

Bottom line: To succeed in your appeal, you must establish that your disability is connected to your military service.

More VA Benefits Available to Rhode Island Veterans

In addition to disability benefits, the VA offers many more benefits to eligible veterans.

Rhode Island veterans can also access these additional VA benefits:

  • Health Care
  • VA Life Insurance
  • VA Burial Benefits
  • Education and Training
  • VA Pension
  • Dependents and Survivor Benefits
  • VetSuccess on Campus
  • VA Loans

These VA benefits significantly enhance the quality of life for veterans and their families, providing valuable resources across a variety of areas.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the U.S., operating over 1,300 health care facilities. This program provides comprehensive health care to veterans across the nation.

When it comes to purchasing a home, the VA Loan program assists veterans in securing a mortgage loan. On top of that, the VA Pension program plays a key role in guaranteeing financial stability for veterans.

Another valuable benefit is the VA Life Insurance program. This can provide comfort in knowing that a veteran's family will have some financial protection if something unexpected happens.

For veterans interested in education, the VetSuccess on Campus program is a major support. This program includes Education and Training opportunities that help create new career possibilities and personal growth.

There are also VA Burial Benefits. These ensure that a veteran's service is respectfully honored. Additionally, Dependents and Survivor Benefits take care of veterans' families, even when dealing with the loss of their loved one.

VA Disability benefits are available for Rhode Island veterans who have disabilities linked to their military service. If you're experiencing health problems tied to your time in military service, get in touch with the VA and apply for disability benefits right away.

Rhode Island — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Providence Regional Office 380 Westminster Street Providence, RI 02903 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Providence VA Medical Center 830 Chalkstone Avenue Providence, RI 02908-4799 401-273-7100
Middletown Outpatient Clinic One Corporate Place Middletown, RI 02842 401-847-6239
Providence Vet Center 2038 Warwick Ave Warwick, RI 02889 401-739-0167