Veterans Disability Benefits in Tennessee

Tennessee boasts beautiful landscapes ranging from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River. Tennessee is also proud to be the home of over 400,000 esteemed veterans.

These veterans deserve recognition for selflessly serving their country. In honor of their sacrifices, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers various benefits and services to these heroes.

The Veterans Disability program is one such benefit. This program provides monthly financial compensation to Tennessee veterans with disabilities related to their military service.

Understanding the VA Disability Program

The VA evaluates the impact of a veteran's disability using a rating system. The severity of each condition is assigned a rating between 10% and 100%. The larger the rating, the more monthly financial support a veteran can receive.

Usually, a Compensation & Pension (C&P) examination is conducted by the VA to evaluate the disability and assign it a rating.

When a veteran has multiple disabilities, the VA assigns each condition a separate rating based on the VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities. Then, a combined disability rating is calculated using their algorithm.

Eligibility Guidelines for VA Disability Benefits

To be considered eligible for VA benefits, Tennessee 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 key to a successful VA disability claim is to provide strong medical evidence that connects your condition to your military service. Accurate medical records from your service can significantly aid your claim, enhancing your chances of receiving benefits.

And remember — your military discharge status can affect your eligibility for benefits. An honorable or general discharge usually means you can access all VA benefits. However, if your discharge was less than honorable, you might not be eligible for VA benefits.

Applying for VA Disability in Tennessee

Begin your application by collecting all necessary documents, including medical records, military reports, and your DD214 form that verifies your military service. Include any witness statements or testimonies that can connect your disability to your active duty service.

To apply, visit and click on "Sign in to start your application." Follow the instructions 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, drop by your local Tennessee VA office. Veteran service officers can assist you with your application and offer helpful advice.

Appealing a Denial

Should your VA disability claim be denied, you can file an appeal. To successfully appeal, it's important to demonstrate that your disability is directly linked to your military service.

To begin your appeal, fill out a Notice of Disagreement form and mail it to the VA within one year from when you received your denial notice. Include your medical records, related documents, and any supportive statements that connect your disability to your military service.

A veterans service officer can help you prepare for your appeal. There is no charge for this service.

More VA Benefits Available to Tennessee Veterans

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

Tennessee veterans can access these additional VA benefits:

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

These benefits can greatly improve the life quality for veterans and their families, offering resources in various areas.

For example, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the largest integrated health care system in the nation, operates over 1,300 facilities nationwide. This network provides health care services to millions of veterans. Additionally, there's the VA Loan program, which assists veterans in obtaining a mortgage.

Don't hesitate to reach out to a veteran service officer if you have questions about the benefits available to you.

VA Disability Program

VA Disability benefits are accessible to Tennessee veterans who have service-related disabilities. If you're experiencing health problems tied to your time in military service, start your disability benefits application today.

Tennessee — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Nashville Regional Office 110 9th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Chattanooga National Cemetery 1200 Bailey Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37404 423-855-6590
Knoxville National Cemetery 939 Tyson St. NW Knoxville, TN 37917 423-979-3535
Memphis National Cemetery 3568 Townes Ave. Memphis, TN 38122 901-386-8311
Mountain Home National Cemetery 215 Heroes Drive Mountain Home, TN 37684 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8 Mountain Home, TN 37684 423-979-3535
Nashville National Cemetery 1420 Gallatin Rd., S Madison, TN 37115-4619 615-860-0086

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
VISN 9: VA MidSouth Healthcare Network 1801 West End Ave., Suite 600 Nashville, TN 37203 615-695-2200
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System 1310 24th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212 615-327-4751
James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center Corner of Dogwood Avenue and Second Street Mountain Home, TN 37684 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4000 Mountain Home, TN 37684 423-926-1171
Lt. Col. Luke Weathers, Jr. VA Medical Center 1030 Jefferson Avenue Memphis, TN 38104 901-523-8990
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System - Alvin C. York (Murfreesboro) Campus 3400 Lebanon Pike Murfreesboro, TN 37129 615-867-6000
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System - Nashville Campus 1310 24th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37212-2637 615-327-4751
Charlotte Avenue VA Clinic 1919 Charlotte Avenue Nashville, TN 37203 615-873-8000
Chattanooga VA Clinic 6401 Shallowford Road Chattanooga, TN 37421 423-893-6500
Cookeville VA Clinic 851 S. Willow Avenue Suite 108 Cookeville, TN 38501 931-284-4060
Downtown West VA Clinic 1521 Downtown West Blvd Knoxville, TN 37919 865-545-4592
Knox County VA Clinic 1557 Downtown West Blvd Knoxville, TN, TN 37919 865-545-4592
McMinnville VA Clinic 1410 Sparta Street, Three Star Mall, Suite 6 McMinnville, TN 37110 931-474-7700
Pointe Center VA Clinic 1208 Pointe Center Drive Chattanooga, TN 37421 423-893-6500
Women Veterans Healthcare Center (Nashville, TN) 1919 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 300 Nashville, TN 37203 615-327-4751
Albion VA Clinic 1810 Albion Street Nashville, TN 37208 Mailing Address: 1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Blvd Suite 114 Nashville, TN 37208 615-873-6700
Athens VA Clinic 1320 Decatur Pike Athens, TN 37303 423-746-1410
Campbell County VA Clinic 130 Independence Lane, 3rd Floor LaFollette, TN 37766 423-563-7666
Clarksville Dental Clinic 2292 Dalton Drive, Suite F Clarksville, TN 37043
Clarksville VA Clinic 782 Weatherly Dr. Clarksville, TN 37043 931-645-3552
Columbia VA Clinic 800 South James Campbell Boulevard, Shady Brook Mall, Suite 100 Columbia, TN 38401 931-981-6930
Covington, Tennessee (North Memphis), CBOC 3461 Austin Peay Highway Memphis, TN 38127 901-261-4500
Dannie A. Carr Veterans Outpatient Clinic 1124 Blanton Dr Sevierville, TN 37862 865-286-6950
Dover VA Clinic 1406 Donelson Pkwy Dover, TN 37058 931-232-5138
Dyersburg, Tennessee CBOC 1067 Vendall Road Dyersburg, TN 38024 731-287-7289
Gallatin VA Clinic 419 Steam Plant Road Gallatin, TN 37066
Harriman VA Clinic 2305 North Gateway Ave., Suite 2 Harriman, TN 37748 865-882-2010
International Plaza VA Clinic 2 International Plaza, Suite 300 Nashville, TN 37217 615-367-5928
Jackson, Tennessee CBOC 180 Old Hickory Blvd Jackson, TN 38305 731-661-2750
Morristown East VA Clinic Address address, TN 12345
Morristown VA Clinic 925 E. Morris Boulevard Morristown, TN 37813 423-586-9100
Mountain City VA Clinic 1141 Cold Springs Road Mountain City, TN 37683 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4000 Mountain Home, TN 37684 423-727-3979
Nonconnah Boulevard Primary Care Clinic 1689 Nonconnah Boulevard Memphis, TN 38132 901-271-4900
Rogersville VA Clinic 401 Scenic Drive Rogersville, TN 37857 423-235-1471
Savannah, Tennessee CBOC 70 Harbert Drive North Savannah, TN 38372 731-727-8390
Tullahoma VA Clinic 225 Von Karman Rd Arnold Air Force Base, TN 37389 931-454-6134
William C. Tallent Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic 8033 Ray Mears Blvd. Knoxville, TN 37919 865-545-4592
Chattanooga Vet Center 1300 Premier Drive, Suite 180 Chattanooga, TN 37421 423-855-6570
Clarksville Vet Center Outstation 141 Chesapeake Lane Clarksville, TN 37040 615-883-2333
Johnson City Vet Center 154 W Springbrook Dr Johnson City, TN 37604 423-928-8387
Knoxville Vet Center 1645 Downtown West Blvd #28 Knoxville, TN 37919 865-633-0000
Memphis Vet Center 2605 Nonconnah Blvd Suite 160 Memphis, TN 38132-2110 901-522-3950
Nashville Vet Center 2501 McGavock Pike, Suite 200 Nashville, TN 37214 615-883-2333