For direct online access to VA benefits and resources, create an account here.

If you’re a veteran who recently ended your service, and you have a disability (illness or injury) related to your time in the military (i.e. a service-connected disability) you may be eligible to get temporary disability payments or benefits right now.

If you apply (which you can do here) and your claim is confirmed through evidence that you provide during the process, you’ll be given a disability rating of either 50% or 100% (depending on the nature of the injury or illness). Once this is established, you’ll be slotted to receive either compensation or health care.

If you want to check on the status of a disability claim, you can do so directly, right here.

Note: the disability needs to be considered severe, unstable with an expectation that it’ll continue for an unknown amount of time.

For more information on this topic (which is also called “prestabilization”) click here.