Can I get veterans’ disability benefits if I was dishonorably discharged?

veterans benefits for dishonorable dischargeVeterans’ disability benefits are generally only available to veterans who were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. In other words, you may be eligible for veterans’ disability benefits if you received an honorable discharge or a general discharge from the military, but you are not eligible if you received a dishonorable discharge.

Dishonorable Discharges May be Appealed

A dishonorable discharge is only handed down to those who have been court-martialed for a serious offense, such as desertion or assault. It is possible to appeal your dishonorable discharge and perhaps get it downgraded to a different type of administrative discharge—even a few years after your military service ends. If you believe that your dishonorable discharge is incorrect, you should take action to protect your rights and any veterans’ benefits that may be rightfully available to you.

You Don’t Need an Honorable Discharge to Get Veterans’ Disability Benefits

You may be eligible for veterans’ disability benefits if you received a bad conduct discharge (BCD) or an other-than-honorable discharge (OTH). In these two cases, you may wish to speak to a veterans’ disability attorney about your case. While some former service members have successfully fought for VA disability benefits despite an OTH discharge, others have been denied. Your case may depend on the reason for your discharge and whether it was related to your physical and mental health issues at the time.

Don’t Delay Getting Help With a Veterans’ Disability Claim

Veterans’ disability benefits can have a significant impact on your future. If you think you may qualify for such benefits, or if you have questions about your eligibility for veterans’ disability benefits, we encourage you to contact an experienced disability lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your case and to make sure your rights are protected. Please call us today or reach out to us via this website for additional information.

Carl M. Weisbrod
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Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law