Veterans Disability Benefits in South Carolina

Beautifully nestled in the southeastern United States, South Carolina is proud to be home to over 400,000 veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expresses gratitude to these brave individuals by extending several beneficial services and programs.

The Veterans Disability program is one important benefit, offering monthly compensation to veterans in South Carolina 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. Each condition is given a rating between 10% and 100%. The amount of monthly compensation a veteran receives is based on the severity of the disability.

To verify the disability, veterans usually participate in a Compensation & Pension (C&P) examination. This examination is conducted by the VA to help evaluate the disability and assign it a rating.

In cases where a veteran has more than one disability, the VA rates each condition separately according to the VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The VA then calculates a combined disability rating based on a specific formula.

Eligibility Guidelines for VA Disability Benefits

To be considered eligible for VA benefits, South Carolina 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.

Keep in mind that the type of discharge you received from the military impacts your eligibility. An honorable or general discharge typically allows you access to all VA benefits, such as health care, education assistance, and housing support. However, a less-than-honorable discharge might make you ineligible for benefits.

Applying for VA Disability in South Carolina

Prepare your application by gathering all necessary documents and medical proof. This includes your military records, medical reports, and your DD214 form, which confirms your military service.

You can also supplement your application with statements from witnesses or fellow service members that help tie your disability to your time in the military.

To file a disability claim, visit and click on "Sign in to start your application." Follow the instructions provided to submit your claim.

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

If you prefer to apply in person or need further assistance, stop by your local South Carolina VA office. Veterans service officers will be on hand to guide you through the process.

How long does it take to be approved?

Typically, the VA takes about 3-6 months to process a claim, depending on the specifics of your situation.

Appealing a Denial

If your VA disability claim is rejected, it's time to file an appeal. To do this, you need to fill out a form called the Notice of Disagreement and send it to the VA. The deadline to appeal is one year from the date of your denial notice.

Include important information like your medical records, related documents, and any statements that support your claim that your disability is connected to your service in the military.

To win your appeal, you must provide evidence that your disability is connected to your time in the military.

More VA Benefits Available to South Carolina Veterans

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

South Carolina veterans can access these additional VA benefits:

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

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

For example, the VA Loan program helps veterans secure a mortgage loan.

Want to continue your education? The VetSuccess on Campus program is a significant benefit for veterans pursuing a degree. This program opens doors to new career possibilities and personal growth through Education and Training opportunities.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) operates over 1,300 health care facilities across the country. It is America's largest integrated health care system, serving millions of veterans nationwide.

Don't Miss out on Disability Benefits You Deserve

VA Disability benefits are available for South Carolina 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.

South Carolina — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Columbia Regional Office 6437 Garners Ferry Road Columbia, SC 29209 800-827-1000
Intake Site At Charleston Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness Center Bldg # 500 Charleston, SC 29404
Intake Site At Fort Jackson VA Predischarge Program Bldg #4600 Education Center Strom Thurmond Blvd Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Intake Site At Marine Corps Air Station Bld 807 CRMC, MCAS Beaufort, SC 29904
Intake Site At NAVY WEAPONS STATION Fleet & Family Support Center1005 Jefferson Avenue Bldg 775 Goose Creek, SC 29445
Intake Site At Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot Bldg 923 CRMC Parris Island, SC 29905
Intake Site At Shaw Air Force Base VA Predischarge Office, Airman, Family Readiness Flight Bldg1127 Stuart Avenue Sumter, SC 29152

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Beaufort National Cemetery 1601 Boundary St. Beaufort, SC 29902-3947 843-524-3925
Florence National Cemetery 803 E National Cemetery Rd. Florence, SC 29506 843-669-8783
Fort Jackson National Cemetery 4170 Percival Road Columbia, SC 29229 866-577-5248

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Columbia VA Health Care System 6439 Garners Ferry Road Columbia, SC 29209-1639 803-776-4000
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center 109 Bee Street Charleston, SC 29401-5799 843-577-5011
VA Community Resource and Referral Center 2424 City Hall Lane North Charleston, SC 29405
Aiken Community Based Outpatient Clinic 951 Millbrook Avenue Aiken, SC 29803 803-643-9016
Anderson Clinic 3030 North Highway 81 Anderson, SC 29621 864-224-5450
Beaufort Clinic 1 Pinckney Blvd Beaufort, SC 29902 843-770-0444
Florence CBOC 1822 Sally Hill Farms Road Florence, SC 29501 843-292-8383
Goose Creek CBOC 2418 NNPTC Circle Goose Creek, SC 29445 843-577-5011
Greenville Clinic 41 Park Creek Drive Greenville, SC 29605 864-299-1600
Myrtle Beach CBOC 1800 Airpark Drive Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 843-477-0177
North Charleston VA CBOC 6450 Rivers Ave. North Charleston, SC 29406 843-789-6400
Orangeburg Clinic 151 Magnolia Village Parkway Orangeburg, SC 29118 803-533-1335
Rock Hill Clinic 2670 Mills Park Drive Rock Hill, SC 29732 803-366-4848
Spartanburg CBOC 279 North Grove Medical Park Drive Spartanburg, SC 29303 864-582-7025
Sumter Clinic 407 North Salem Avenue Sumter, SC 29150 803-938-9901
Charleston, SC Vet Center 3625 West Montague Avenue North Charleston, SC 29418 843-789-7000
Columbia, SC Vet Center 1710 Richland Street, Suite A Columbia, SC 29201 803-765-9944
Greenville, SC Vet Center 3 Caledon Court, Suite B Greenville, SC 29615 864-271-2711
Myrtle Beach Vet Center 1101 Johnson Ave, Suite 201 Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 843-232-2441