Title 38 U.S.C. Section 1151 allows VA to pay compensation for death or disability "as if service-connected." Don't be confused with this subtle difference. The disability is not considered service-connected. Under Section 1151, benefits may be paid for:
If eligibility is established under Section 1151, the disability is considered service-connected for payment purposes ONLY.
As a result of VA hospitalization, medical or surgical treatment, examination, or training, the evidence must show you have:
The disability was:
A Veteran was pursuing training under VA's Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program. He was receiving on-the-job training as a car mechanic. During training, a jack slipped from a car and crushed his left foot. Disability compensation may be paid for his foot injury because the injury occurred while the Veteran was pursuing training under a VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program.
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Last updated October 22, 2013