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Can National Guard or Reserve Members Get Disability Benefits from the VA?

If you are a member of the National Guard or Reserves and suffer from a disability caused by training activities while on active or inactive duty, the Veterans Administration (VA) will consider the disability to be a service-connected condition for disability compensation benefits.

You may qualify for veterans disability benefits when:

  • An injury, disease or death occurs while traveling to and from training duty
  • A traumatic event during a training accident causes a disabling chronic disease
  • A cerebral vascular accident, cardiac arrest, or an acute myocardial infarction occurs while training

If you think you have a disability related to your service training while in the National Guard or Reserves, the Alpha team can help you obtain the highest level of disability compensation possible from the VA.

Contact us to get started on your claim.

Active and Inactive Duty Defined

Active Duty Training: Reserve Components of the Armed Forces called for a tour of active duty for training purposes are:

  • Officers in the Reserve Corp and Public Health Services
  • Member of the National Guard of any state who are:
    • Instructing civilians in the use of military arms at rifle ranges
    • Performing required drills and field exercises
    • Attending schools or small arms competitions:
      • Air Force Academy
      • Military Academy
      • Naval Academy
      • Members of a Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program
Inactive Duty Training: Reserve Components of the Armed Forces not on active duty who are called for periodic training drills and instruction other than members taking correspondence courses or attending a school include:

  • Commissioned officers of the Public Health Service Reserve Corps
  • Members of the National Guard of any state

A temporary member of the Coast Guard Reserve does not qualify for disability benefits while on inactive duty training.

Note: All representation coordinated by Alpha is provided by our employees, the Advocates, who are accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). No private organization that trains and employs accredited agents has been legally recognized by the VA for the purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims. This work must be done by the Advocates themselves and not organizations.

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