What If I’m Catastrophically Disabled?
To be considered Catastrophically Disabled, you must have a severely disabling injury, disorder, or disease which permanently compromises your ability to carry out activities of daily living, and:
requires you to have personal or mechanical assistance to leave home or bed,
requires you to have constant supervision to avoid physical harm to yourself or others.

To request a catastrophic disability evaluation, contact the Enrollment Coordinator at your local VA health care facility. VA will make every effort to schedule your evaluation within 35 days of request. There is no charge for the Catastrophic Disability evaluation. If it is determined by a VA health care provider that you are Catastrophically Disabled, your priority group assignment will be upgraded to Priority Group 4.

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1. Who is eligible for Veteran Benefits?
2. What is emergency financial aid (Veterans Temporary Assistance)?
3. What documents are necessary to receive veteran benefits?
4. I can not find my discharge papers (DD 214), how do I get my records?
5. Do the State of Pennsylvania and Chester County offer separate veterans benefits?
6. How do I apply for veteran benefits?
7. What types of benefits from the Veterans’ Administration provide direct monetary compensation to the veteran or spouse?
8. What is service connected disability compensation or “VA Comp”?
9. What supporting evidence/documents should I bring to the office to support my service-connected disability claim?
10. How is the amount of service-connected disability compensation determined?
11. If my service-connected condition becomes worse, will the VA automatically increase my disability rating?
12. Can my service-connected rating be automatically reduced by the VA?
13. What is a non service-connected VA pension?
14. I applied for this pension a few years ago and my income was too high. Now, I am no longer working and I need the assistance of others to care for me. Is there any help available?
15. I receive military retired pay and I have a disability related to my service. Should I file for disability compensation?
16. I received disability severance pay when I left the military. Will this affect my VA compensation?
17. I plan to join the Selected Reserve or the National Guard when I leave active duty. Can I file a claim for service connected disability?
18. How do I determine if I am eligible for VA medical benefits?
19. If I am enrolled with the VA what medical benefits will I receive?
20. If I am enrolled in VA medical benefits, what cost will there be for me?
21. Am I eligible for prescriptions from VA?
22. What do I do if I can't afford to make copays?
23. If enrolled, can I get dental care?
24. What is the coverage for emergency services?
25. Are there any restrictions on getting care in private facilities at VA expense?
26. Does it help my benefits if I've been awarded the Purple Heart?
27. What If I’m Catastrophically Disabled?
28. Will the VA provide hearing aids and eyeglasses?
29. Are there any special benefits for combat veterans?
30. What should I consider before deciding to cancel my enrollment?
31. How do I Cancel or Decline Enrollment?
32. How Do I Reapply for Enrollment?
33. Will the Department of Veterans Affairs pay for my funeral services if I am a Veteran?
34. What kind of benefits are available for an active duty or service-connected death?
35. Can I request to be buried at sea?
36. How can I find out the status of a headstone order?
37. What is a Presidential Memorial Certificate?