Direct Service Connection

  • During your active military service you sustained an injury or developed a disease.
  • That injury or disease continues to cause disability.
  • A medical examination determines there is a causal link between the in-service injury or disease and your current disability.

Presumptive Service Connection

Secondary Service Connection

Service Connection by Aggravation (38 CFR 3.306)

  • You had a preexisting injury or disease when you entered active military, naval or air service.
  • During that period of service, the injury or disease results in increased disability beyond it's normal course.
  • There is no specific finding that the increase in disability was the result of the natural progression of the disease.

(Authority: 38 C.F.R. 3.306; 38 U.S.C. 1153)

Disability Compensation

There are several ways to be granted service connection for your disability: Direct, Presumptive, Secondary, Aggravation, and 1151. Service connection basically means that the facts, shown by evidence, establish that a particular injury or disease resulting in disability was incurred in such service in the Armed Forces, or if preexisting service, was aggravated therein.