If you are a former member of the armed forces, and had to retire due to an injury, then you may be entitled to veterans' compensation. This is a financial award given to any member of the US forces who sustained an injury during active military service, or aggravated a preexisting complaint due to service performed. Ex-forces members who seek veterans compensation are sometimes disappointed by the amount given. The VA limits compensation for a number of reasons.
The Cause of the Injury
The most common reason for armed personnel to be denied full compensation is that the VA feels the military were not solely responsible for the injury. There are three requirements to fulfilling the compensation claim: a sound diagnosis of disability, evidence that the disability was caused during service, and clear medical history linking the disability with the military service. If one of these components is missing, the veterans compensation claim may be denied or reduced.
The Extent of the Injury
The VA may also feel that the injury is not as disabling as the claimant is suggesting. The latter is usually determined through a disability evaluation. This allocates a scale of injury according to set rules, expressing the amount of disability caused by the injury which occurred during service. This percentage may be lower than the veteran might expect.