DVNF CEO Discusses Various Forms of Compensation

DVNF CEO Joe VanFonda (SgtMaj Ret) reaches out to our returning veterans of OEF/OIF/OND:

“Coming home can be exciting, but also difficult for many service members. As I began my transition from the military I realized I didn’t have all the answers, however I knew where to look! Not knowing isn’t the problem our American veterans face, it’s not asking the questions needed for a seamless transition into veteran status. This is what I loved about being a Marine–sharing knowledge. Marines build upon each others’ experience regardless of rank, and I will continue to share information that can be helpful to all veterans.”
Joe VanFonda (SgtMaj Ret)

You can claim various types of disabilities for service connection. These are in addition to any disease, mental condition or chronic condition caused or aggravated by your service.

Compensation particulars

For full information see a VBA representative or visit  Compensation and Pension Service

Compensation benefits cannot be paid in conjunction with severance pay. However, concurrent payment for combat disabilities and disabilities rated at 50% or more in addition to payments from PRL are authorized.

  • Compensation is tax free
  • Additional Special Monthly Compensation added for loss of limb, organ, etc.
  • Concurrent retired pay, previously prohibited, now being phased in
  • Disabilities are rated from 0% to 100%
  • VA rating is independent of any military rating
  • Payments begin with 10% rating
  • Additional allowance for dependents with 30% or higher rating

Compensation – Some related benefits (if eligible)

  • VA health care for all rated service-connected conditions
  • Vocational rehabilitation & employment services
  • Life insurance
  • Federal employment preference
  • VA loan funding fee waived
  • Annual clothing allowance
  • Specially adapted homes
  • Automobile grant  and adaptive equipment
  • Military commissary & exchange privileges

How to Apply

  • Contact the VA by calling 1-800-827-1000
  • More info here: VA Benefits

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