VA Disability Compensation

VA disability compensation (pay) offers a monthly tax-free payment to Veterans who got sick or injured while serving in the military and to Veterans whose service made an existing condition worse.

You may qualify for VA disability benefits for physical conditions (like a chronic illness or injury) and mental health conditions (like PTSD) that developed before, during, or after service. Find out how to apply for and manage the Veterans disability benefits you’ve earned.

The PACT Act

The PACT Act is a new law that expands access to VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they've earned and deserve.

VA Disability Compensation

VA disability compensation provides tax-free monthly payments. If you have a service-connected condition, you may be eligible for compensation. A service-connected condition means an illness or injury that was caused by—or got worse because of—your active military service.

Keep reading to find out if you may be eligible.

Am I eligible for VA disability compensation?

You may be eligible for VA disability benefits or compensation if you meet both of the requirements below.

Both of these must be true:

  • You have a current illness or injury (known as a condition) that affects your mind or body, and
  • You served on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training

And at least one of these must be true:

  • You got sick or injured while serving in the military—and can link this condition to your illness or injury (called an in-service disability claim), or
  • You had an illness or injury before you joined the military—and serving made it worse (called a pre-service disability claim), or
  • You have a disability related to your active-duty service that didn’t appear until after you ended your service (called a post-service disability claim)

Presumptive conditions

For some conditions, we automatically assume (or “presume”) that your service caused your condition. We call these presumptive conditions.

If you have a presumptive condition, you don’t need to prove that your service caused the condition. You only need to meet the service requirements for the presumption.

Find out more about these categories of presumptive conditions:

  • A chronic (long-lasting) illness that appears within one year after discharge, or
  • An illness caused by contact with contaminants (toxic chemicals) or other hazardous materials, or
  • An illness caused by your time spent as a prisoner of war (POW)

You may also be able to get VA disability benefits for conditions like these:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mental or physical health conditions related to military sexual trauma (MST)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

How do I file a claim for compensation?

Contact our office at 641-421-3069 to file a claim for compensation.

Cerro Gordo County Veteran Affairs
220 N Washington Ave.
Mason City, IA 50401

Phone: 641-421-3069

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We have 2 Accredited County Veteran Service Officers:

  • Director, Paul Beatty CVSO
  • Sean Gillam CVSO

County Courthouse

220 N. Washington Ave.
Mason City, IA 50401
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Courthouse Hours

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Closed Holidays
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