Many veterans often fail to file claims for disability benefits either because they are not aware that they can, or because they don't think their disability would be applicable. Disabilities need not be combat or even work related; they can be the result of playing sports, falling out of your barracks bed, participating in unit PT, or a car accident while on leave. Any veteran with a current health problem that they believe started on or as a result of their active duty service should consider filing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

For those veterans already receiving VA disability benefits for service-connected conditions, be aware that disabilities seldom improve over time; they normally worsen. If a veteran who is service connected for a disability feels that their disability has gotten worse, they should apply to VA for a reevaluation of their disability level. Veterans who think they might have a disability caused by their service, or who feel that their already service-connected disability has worsened, are strongly encouraged to contact their nearest VA, VSO office, or veterans organization to inquire about the possibility of gaining benefits for a troubling disability.

Most veteran's organizations will be able to fully explain the claims process, and will help complete all the necessary paperwork for submission to VA. For information on disability claims or any other veteran benefits, don't hesitate to contact the VA at 1-800-827-1000, a veteran-friendly veteran's organization or your local County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) office.