Veterans Disability Benefits in Vermont

Vermont is home to over 40,000 American veterans. To show gratitude for their service and sacrifices, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) extends several benefits and services to veterans and their families.

The Veterans Disability program is one of these important benefits. The program provides monthly financial compensation to Vermont veterans with disabilities linked to their military service.

Understanding the VA Disability Program

The VA uses a rating system to evaluate the veteran's disability. The rating ranges from 10% to 100%, indicating how severe the disability is. The rating determines the amount of monthly financial aid that the veteran can receive.

A Compensation & Pension (C&P) examination is generally administered by the VA. The goal of this examination is to evaluate the disability and assign it a suitable rating.

In the case of veterans coping with multiple disabilities, the VA rates each one separately based on their Schedule for Rating Disabilities. An overall rating, called a combined disability rating, is then calculated.

Eligibility Guidelines for VA Disability Benefits

Before Vermont veterans can qualify for VA benefits, they must satisfy several 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 military discharge you received also affects your eligibility for benefits. If you received a general or honorable discharge, you are entitled to all VA benefits. But, if your discharge was less than honorable, you may not qualify for VA benefits.

Applying for VA Disability in Vermont

Start the application process by gathering all the important documents you'll need. Include your medical records, military reports, and your DD214 form, which is proof of your military service. If you have any personal stories or testimonials that show how your service is linked to your disability, include them with your application.

To file a claim, visit and click on "Sign in to start your application" and follow the on-screen instructions.

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 nearest Vermont VA office. Veterans service officers are ready to help you if you need any assistance.

After submitting your claim, you can expect to wait about 3-6 months for the VA to process your application and make a determination.

Appealing a Denial

If your VA disability claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision.

To begin your appeal, fill out a Notice of Disagreement form and send it to the VA within 12 months from the date of your denial notice. Attach your medical records, pertinent documents, and any supporting statements that tie your disability to your military service.

To win your appeal, you need to prove that your disability is directly connected to your military service.

More VA Benefits Available to Vermont Veterans

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

Vermont veterans can access these additional VA benefits:

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

VA benefits offer valuable help to the brave veterans who have served their country.

In addition to disability compensation, benefits like health care, education grants, and housing loans contribute to financial stability and help veterans transition to civilian life.

VA Disability benefits are ready for Vermont veterans who have disabilities connected to their military service. If you're dealing with health problems related to your time in military service, apply for VA disability benefits today.

Vermont — VA Office Locations

Veterans Benefits Administration

Name Address Phone Number
White River Junction VA Medical Center 163 Veterans Drive White River Junction, VT 05009 Mailing Address: 215 North Main Street White River Junction, VT 05009 802-295-9363
White River Junction Regional Office 163 Veterans Drive White River Junction, VT 05009 Mailing Address: 215 North Main Street White River Junction, VT 05009 800-827-1000

National Cemetery Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Green Mount Cemetery Soldiers' Lot 250 State Street Montpelier, VT 05602 508-563-7113
Prospect Hill Cemetery, VT 94 South Main Street Brattleboro, VT 05301 508-563-7113

Veterans Health Administration

Name Address Phone Number
Bennington Outpatient Clinic 186 North Street Bennington, VT 05201 802-440-3300
Brattleboro Community Based Outpatient Clinic 71 GSP Drive Brattleboro, VT 05301 802-251-2200
Burlington Outpatient Lakeside Clinic 128 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 260 Burlington, VT 05401 802-657-7000
Newport Community Based Outpatient Clinic 1734 Crawford Farm Rd. Newport, VT 05855 802-624-2400
Rutland Community Based Outpatient Clinic 232 West St. Rutland, VT 05701 802-772-2300
South Burlington Vet Center 19 Gregory Drive Suite 201 South Burlington, VT 05403 802-862-1806
White River Junction Vet Center 118 Prospect Street Suite 100 White River Junction, VT 05001 802-295-2908