There are several ways to establish service-connections for disabilities within the VA system. Deciding which one(s) pertain to you will depend upon when you were discharged and/or how many disabilities you might want to claim for any given time period. The list below describes seven different ways to qualify for a service-connected disability through the VA system. The video that follows will explain each one in more detail. Feel free to pause and replay those sections of the video that may apply to your situation so that you can better understand them:

  1. Direct Service-Connection
  2. Aggravation of a Pre-Service Disability
  3. Presumptive Service-Connection
  4. Secondary Service-Connection
  5. Paired Organs and Extremities
  6. VA Hospital Care or Treatment
  7. Disability Through VA Vocational Rehabilitation