Disability compensation is paid to veterans who suffered an injury or disease while on active duty and still have residuals of that injury or disease. This is what is called a "service-connected" disability. VA disability
Benefits available to those who are interned at a national cemetery include a Government headstone or marker, burial flag, and a memorial certificate. For those veterans who are interned at a private cemetery, a Government headstone or marker, burial flag, and a memorial certificate are provided at no cost. A burial allowance also may be paid to defer any cost of interment. Click HERE for more information or see burial.
There are benefits available to surviving spouses and children of; veterans who died as the result of their service-connected disabilities; of veterans who served during a period of war and have limited or no income or; of service members who died on active duty. Click here for eligibility requirements.
If you have a service-connected disability or have an overall combined rating of 50% or more, you can go to any VAMC or out patient clinic and receive medical care at no cost to you. If you have a disability rating from VA which is 40% or less, you may also seek care from any VAMC for non-service-connected condition; however, you may have to pay a co-pay based on your income. Veterans who live overseas can seek care for their service-connected disability, or disabilities, and VA's Foreign Medical Program will pay the necessary cost of that care.