Compensation and Pension Benefits

Compensation and Pension Benefits

Types of Benefits | Fact Sheets | Applying for Benefits | Forms | Contact Information

The VA's Compensation & Pension Benefits department administers a variety of benefits and services for veterans, their dependents and survivors, including, but not limited to: service-connected compensation, DIC, non-service connected pension, burial & accrued benefits, guardianship and public contact services.


Types of Benefits

The Compensation & Benefits department has compiled a comprehensive index of all the benefit programs that the VA offers to veterans, their dependants and survivors. Some of these programs include:
  • Agent Orange exposure: Agent Orange was a toxic defoliant used during the Vietnam War.
  • Burial and memorial benefits: The Burial Benefit Program covers, burial, plot, internment, cremation, flags, representation at a funeral, transportation and headstone.
  • CHAMPVA health insurance: A healthcare benefits program for dependants and survivors of disabled veterans and veterans killed while on duty.
  • Disability compensation: This benefit program evaluates disability resulting from all types of diseases and injuries encountered as a result of military service.
  • Dependants and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): This benefit program pays a monthly payment to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of a veteran because of a service-connected death of a veteran.
  • Disability pension: Pension is available to veterans, surviving spouses and children, if the veteran has qualifying service and there is financial need. Veterans must also have a qualifying disability which need not be service-connected.
  • Death pension: Death pension is a benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans.
Fact Sheets

The Compensation & Pension Benefits department provides detailed fact sheets to help veterans and their survivors understand the various benefit programs, and begin to determine whether they are qualified to receive benefits.

The fact sheets are displayed in Word 6.0 format. If you do not have Word installed on your computer, you can download a viewer from the VA website. Some of the fact sheets are provided in both an English and Spanish version.


Applying for Benefits

You can apply for compensation and pension benefits online using the VA's Veterans Online Application (VONAPP). When you use this site to complete and send an application to VA, your application will be sent directly to the VA office with jurisdiction over your application. Processing will begin immediately, and you will receive a response from the VA office letting you know the status of your application.

If you are currently receiving any of these benefits, you cannot use VONAPP to reapply. Instead, contact the VA Regional Office which handles your benefit by calling 1-800-827-1000. If you have a pending application for any of these benefits, don’t use VONAPP to reapply for the same benefit without checking with the VA Regional Office working on your application.

If you are still an active servicemember pending discharge, do not use VONAPP until you have called your VA Regional Office at 1-800-827-1000.



If you would like to view and/or print many of the forms that the VA requires to be submitted when applying for or receiving benefits, visit the VA Forms page and use the keyword search to locate compensation and pension benefits forms. You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view most of these forms.

If you experience difficulty reading or interpreting either the form or instructions, please call your local VA office toll free at 1-800-827-1000.


Contact Information

For more information on any of these benefit programs, contact your local VA Regional Office toll free at 1-800-827-1000. You can also visit the website for the VA office in your state to request more information.

To access a listing of all the VA facilities – including benefit departments and health care clinics/hospitals – located in your state, consult the VA Facilities Directory.