Common Qualifying Disabilities for VA Benefits

Military Veteran Saluting the American FlagMany mental and physical ailments are eligible for disability compensation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Unfortunately, many Veterans are unaware that their ailments make them eligible for VA benefits.

The Most Common VA Claims Disabilities

According to the 2018 Annual Benefits Report published by the VA, there are approximately 5.2 million disabled Veterans in the United States. The most common disabilities found among the Veteran population include:

  1. Tinnitus: affecting 1,971,201 Veterans. The most frequently claimed disability by Veterans, tinnitus typically involves hearing sounds that don’t exist, such as ringing in the ears.
  2. Hearing loss: affecting 1,228,936 Veterans. Loss of hearing is the second most prevalent disability suffered by Veterans.
  3. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): affecting 1,039,794 Veterans. This condition involves victims recalling memories of trauma, leading to negative emotional and physical reactions.
  4. Scars: affecting 1,036,677 Veterans. Veterans are entitled to compensation for scars received during military service.
  5. Limited flexion of the knee: affecting 1,021,281 Veterans. Veterans suffering from limited flexion of the knee cannot bend the knee fully.
  6. Cervical strain: affecting 989,835 Veterans. Cervical strain is the medical term for neck pain, and it is typically the result of a physical injury.
  7. Sciatic nerve paralysis: affecting 781,178 Veterans. Paralysis of the sciatic nerve may cause difficulty when bending the knee or flexing the foot.
  8. Limited ankle motion: affecting 636,853 Veterans. An ankle injury can prevent a Veteran from reaching the normal range of ankle joint motion.
  9. Migraine: affecting 548,999 Veterans. Migraine headaches are often triggered by stress, sensory overload, and environmental changes, all of which are typical of military service.
  10. Degenerative arthritis: affecting 505,553 Veterans. This condition involves the chronic breakdown of joint cartilage, leading to painful inflammation.

Learn How a VA Disability Lawyer May Be Able to Help You

If you’re suffering from these, or any other injuries, as a consequence of your military service, you may be entitled to compensation from the VA. You need an experienced disability benefits attorney to help you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more about what a disability lawyer can do for you, call us today or complete the contact form on this page.


Joshua Worley
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Roswell, NM Social Security and Veterans Disability Lawyer
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