Anyone who has ever applied for VA disability benefits will be painfully familiar with the term “service-connection.” These two hyphenated words are often the first hurdle veterans need to overcome when applying for disability benefits.
Service-connection is a legal term that basically means a veteran’s disability or illness resulted from or was aggravated by their military service. The VA requires service-connection to be established to make sure they aren’t giving out benefits for injuries or illnesses that happened for non-military reasons.
There are five kinds of service-connection the VA considers acceptable.
In order to establish any one of these five types of service-connection, veterans need to take these three steps to prove their service-connected disability. Some kinds of service-connection can be harder to prove than others. If you need more information on what kind of service-connection best fits your claim call a VA attorney.
It’s important for veterans to focus on establishing service-connection first. Fighting for a higher disability rating can happen after service-connection is established, but doing it in the reverse order will most likely derail a claims application.