A veteran is a “person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable." Disabilities that result from a veteran’s willful misconduct are not compensable. Veterans are entitled to compensation for disabilities incurred in or aggravated during active military, naval, or air service. Service includes the period starting on the date of entry into active service and ending on the date of discharge from active service.”
A battlefield wound to the knee and a knee injured while sliding into second base during a baseball game played during active service may both eventually be determined service-connected conditions.
Assuming the claimant has established the status of a “veteran”, the three basic entitlement criteria are:
There are three issues to address with a veteran’s claim for disability compensation: