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February 16, 2024

Top 100 VA Disability Claims List From A to Z [2024 Edition]

Last updated on February 18, 2024

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Welcome to the 2024 edition of the Top 100 VA Disability Claims List From A to Z.

This comprehensive list of the top VA disability claims is arranged alphabetically to help you quickly search and find the most common VA claims you might qualify for.

If you’d prefer a shorter list, here’s a link to the Top 50 VA Disability Claims.

Okay, without further ado, let’s begin.

What are the Top 100 VA Disability Claims?

List of the 100 Most Common VA Disability Claims

Here’s a list of the 100 most common VA claims arranged in alphabetical order:

  1. Adjustment Disorder
  2. Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
  3. Amputation residuals (other than limb loss)
  4. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  5. Anemia
  6. Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease (Coronary Artery Disease)
  7. Arthritis
  8. Asthma
  9. Bladder cancer
  10. Blind in one or both eyes
  11. Brain disease due to trauma
  12. Cancer
  13. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
  14. Chronic Conjunctivitis
  15. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  16. Chronic headaches requiring protracted treatment
  17. Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
  18. Chronic liver disease due to hepatitis C
  19. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  20. Chronic pancreatitis
  21. Chronic renal failure requiring regular dialysis
  22. Chronic skin conditions (e.g., Psoriasis)
  23. Chronic venous insufficiency
  24. Cirrhosis of the liver
  25. Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine
  26. Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  27. Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
  28. Diabetes Type 2
  29. Eczema
  30. Erectile Dysfunction
  31. Excessive tearing of the eye
  32. Female sexual arousal disorder
  33. Fibromyalgia
  34. Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease (GERD)
  35. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  36. Gulf War Syndrome (e.g., fatigue, joint pain, and cognitive issues of unknown origins)
  37. Hearing Loss
  38. Hemorrhoids
  39. Hiatal Hernia
  40. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  41. Hypertensive vascular disease
  42. Hyperthyroidism
  43. Hypothyroidism
  44. Impaired vision – one or both eyes
  45. Inflammation of a nerve or nerve group
  46. Intervertebral disc syndrome
  47. Iron deficiency anemia
  48. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  49. Ischemic Heart Disease
  50. Labyrinthitis
  51. Limitation of Flexion of the Knee
  52. Limitation of Motion of the Arm
  53. Limitation of Range of Motion of the Ankle
  54. Limited Motion of the Jaw (Temporomandibular Disorder)
  55. Loss of 1 eye; vision 20/40 in other
  56. Loss of sense of smell (anosmia) or Loss of sense of taste (ageusia)
  57. Loss of teeth
  58. Lumbosacral or Cervical Strain
  59. Lyme disease
  60. Major Depressive Disorder
  61. Malaria
  62. Malignant growths of genitourinary system
  63. Malunion of lower jaw
  64. Meniere’s Syndrome
  65. Migraines (Headaches)
  66. Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  67. Muscle spasms
  68. Myasthenia gravis
  69. Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones)
  70. Neuralgia of a nerve or nerve group
  71. Neurogenic bladder
  72. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  73. Paralysis of the anterior crural nerve
  74. Paralysis of the median nerve
  75. Paralysis of the Sciatic Nerve (Sciatica)
  76. Parkinson’s disease
  77. Penile deformity (loss of erectile power)
  78. Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  79. Peripheral Neuropathy
  80. Pes Planus (Flat Feet)
  81. Plantar Fasciitis
  82. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  83. Prostate Gland Injuries
  84. Radiculopathy
  85. Residuals of foot injury
  86. Sarcoidosis
  87. Scars, burns (2nd degree)
  88. Scars, General
  89. Seizure disorders
  90. Sinusitis
  91. Sleep Apnea
  92. Somatic Symptom Disorder (Chronic Pain Syndrome)
  93. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  94. Thigh condition, general
  95. Thyroid cancer
  96. Tinnitus
  97. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  98. Urinary Incontinence
  99. Varicose Veins
  100. Vertigo

Top 100 Most Common VA Claims List with Brief Explanations

Adjustment Disorder: Difficulty coping with or adjusting to a stressful life event or change, leading to emotional distress and impairment in daily functioning.

Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever): Inflammation of the nasal passages due to allergens such as pollen, causing symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes.

Amputation residuals (other than limb loss): Persistent physical or functional impairments resulting from a previous amputation surgery, such as residual pain or mobility limitations.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): A progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, leading to muscle weakness, paralysis, and eventually respiratory failure.

Anemia: A condition characterized by a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin, leading to fatigue, weakness, and shortness of breath.

Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease (Coronary Artery Disease): Narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries due to the buildup of plaque, leading to reduced blood flow to the heart and symptoms such as chest pain or heart attack.

Arthritis: Inflammation of the joints, causing pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion.

Asthma: Chronic inflammation of the airways, leading to episodes of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing.

Bladder cancer: Uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the bladder, leading to symptoms such as blood in the urine, frequent urination, and pain during urination.

Blind in one or both eyes: Complete or partial loss of vision in one or both eyes, resulting in functional impairment and disability.

Brain disease due to trauma: Damage or injury to the brain caused by physical trauma, resulting in cognitive, behavioral, and physical impairments.

Cancer: Abnormal growth of cells that can invade and destroy surrounding tissues, leading to various symptoms and complications depending on the type and location of the cancer.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS): Compression of the median nerve in the wrist, causing symptoms such as pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and fingers.

Chronic Conjunctivitis: Persistent inflammation of the conjunctiva (the thin membrane covering the inner surface of the eyelids and the white part of the eye), leading to redness, itching, and discharge.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Persistent and unexplained fatigue that is not relieved by rest, accompanied by other symptoms such as muscle pain, impaired memory or concentration, and headaches.

Chronic headaches requiring protracted treatment: Persistent and severe headaches that require ongoing medical treatment and management.

Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP): A neurological disorder characterized by inflammation and damage to the myelin sheath of peripheral nerves, leading to muscle weakness, numbness, and impaired motor function.

Chronic liver disease due to hepatitis C: Long-term liver inflammation and damage caused by chronic infection with the hepatitis C virus, leading to cirrhosis, liver failure, and other complications.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): A group of progressive lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, characterized by airflow limitation and difficulty breathing.

Chronic pancreatitis: Inflammation of the pancreas that persists over time, leading to abdominal pain, digestive problems, and pancreatic insufficiency.

Chronic renal failure requiring regular dialysis: Progressive loss of kidney function that requires regular dialysis to filter waste products from the blood and maintain electrolyte balance.

Chronic skin conditions (e.g., Psoriasis): Persistent and recurring skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, or dermatitis, characterized by inflammation, redness, itching, and skin lesions.

Chronic venous insufficiency: Impaired function of the veins in the legs, leading to symptoms such as leg swelling, pain, heaviness, and skin changes.

Cirrhosis of the liver: Scarring of the liver tissue due to chronic liver disease or injury, leading to liver dysfunction, portal hypertension, and other complications.

Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine: Progressive degeneration of the spinal joints and discs, leading to back pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD): Wear and tear of the intervertebral discs in the spine, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced flexibility.

Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD): Progressive degeneration of the joints, leading to pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion.

Diabetes Type 2: A chronic metabolic disorder characterized by high blood sugar levels due to insulin resistance or insufficient insulin production, leading to various complications affecting multiple organ systems.

Eczema: A chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by red, itchy, and inflamed patches of skin.

Erectile Dysfunction: Inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse, often due to underlying medical conditions or psychological factors.

Excessive tearing of the eye: Abnormal production of tears or impaired tear drainage, leading to excessive tearing and discomfort.

Female sexual arousal disorder: Difficulty or inability to become sexually aroused or maintain arousal during sexual activity, leading to sexual dysfunction and distress.

Fibromyalgia: A chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive difficulties.

Gastroesophageal Reflex Disease (GERD): Chronic digestive disorder characterized by the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus, leading to symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, and regurgitation.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Excessive and persistent worry or anxiety about various aspects of life, accompanied by physical symptoms such as restlessness, fatigue, muscle tension, and difficulty concentrating.

Gulf War Syndrome (e.g., fatigue, joint pain, and cognitive issues of unknown origins): Cluster of symptoms experienced by veterans of the 1991 Gulf War, including fatigue, joint pain, cognitive difficulties, and other unexplained health problems.

Hearing Loss: Partial or complete loss of hearing in one or both ears, resulting in communication difficulties and impairment in daily activities.

Hemorrhoids: Swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum or anus, causing pain, itching, bleeding, and discomfort.

Hiatal Hernia: Protrusion of the stomach through the diaphragm into the chest cavity, leading to symptoms such as heartburn, acid reflux, and chest pain.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): Persistently elevated blood pressure levels, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular complications.

Hypertensive vascular disease: Damage to the blood vessels caused by chronic high blood pressure, leading to various complications such as heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.

Hyperthyroidism: Overactivity of the thyroid gland, leading to symptoms such as weight loss, rapid heartbeat, tremors, and heat intolerance.

Hypothyroidism: Underactivity of the thyroid gland, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, cold intolerance, and depression.

Impaired vision – one or both eyes: Partial or complete loss of vision in one or both eyes, resulting in functional impairment and disability.

Inflammation of a nerve or nerve group: Painful condition characterized by inflammation or irritation of a nerve or group of nerves, leading to sensory disturbances, weakness, and pain.

Intervertebral disc syndrome: Degenerative or traumatic damage to the intervertebral discs in the spine, leading to pain, numbness, and weakness in the back or limbs.

Iron deficiency anemia: Anemia caused by a deficiency of iron in the body, leading to fatigue, weakness, and pale skin.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Functional gastrointestinal disorder characterized by abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation.

Ischemic Heart Disease: Reduced blood flow to the heart due to narrowed or blocked coronary arteries, leading to angina, heart attack, and other cardiovascular complications.

Labyrinthitis: Inflammation of the labyrinth (inner ear structures responsible for balance and hearing), leading to vertigo, dizziness, nausea, and hearing loss.

Limitation of Flexion of the Knee: Decreased range of motion and flexibility in the knee joint, leading to difficulty bending or straightening the knee.

Limitation of Motion of the Arm: Decreased range of motion in the shoulder, elbow, or wrist joints, leading to functional impairment and disability.

Limitation of Range of Motion of the Ankle: Decreased flexibility and movement in the ankle joint, leading to difficulty walking, standing, or performing activities of daily living.

Limited Motion of the Jaw (Temporomandibular Disorder): Decreased range of motion and stiffness in the jaw joint, leading to pain, clicking or popping sounds, and difficulty chewing or talking.

Loss of 1 eye; vision 20/40 in other: Complete loss of vision in one eye and reduced visual acuity (20/40 or worse) in the other eye.

Loss of sense of smell (anosmia) or Loss of sense of taste (ageusia): Complete or partial loss of the sense of smell or taste, leading to reduced enjoyment of food and beverages and potential safety concerns.

Loss of teeth: Partial or complete loss of natural teeth, resulting in impaired chewing ability, speech difficulties, and aesthetic concerns.

Lumbosacral or Cervical Strain: Strain or injury to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons in the lower back (lumbosacral) or neck (cervical), leading to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.

Lyme disease: Infectious disease caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks, leading to flu-like symptoms, joint pain, and neurological problems if left untreated.

Major Depressive Disorder: A mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest or pleasure in activities, affecting daily functioning and quality of life.

Malaria: Infectious disease caused by Plasmodium parasites transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes, leading to recurrent fever, chills, and flu-like symptoms.

Malignant growths of genitourinary system: Cancerous tumors affecting the reproductive or urinary organs, such as the prostate, bladder, or kidneys.

Malunion of lower jaw: Improper healing or alignment of a fractured lower jaw (mandible), leading to functional impairment and facial deformity.

Meniere’s Syndrome: Inner ear disorder characterized by episodes of vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus, and a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear.

Migraines (Headaches): Recurrent and severe headaches characterized by throbbing pain, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Multiple sclerosis (MS): Autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system, leading to inflammation, demyelination, and impaired nerve function, resulting in a wide range of neurological symptoms.

Muscle spasms: Involuntary and sudden contractions of muscles, leading to pain, stiffness, and limited mobility.

Myasthenia gravis: Autoimmune neuromuscular disorder characterized by muscle weakness and fatigue, particularly in the face, neck, and limbs.

Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones): Formation of mineral crystals in the kidneys or urinary tract, leading to severe pain, urinary symptoms, and potential complications such as blockage or infection.

Neuralgia of a nerve or nerve group: Chronic pain syndrome characterized by sharp, shooting, or burning pain along the course of a nerve or nerve group.

Neurogenic bladder: Dysfunction of the bladder due to nerve damage or neurological conditions, leading to urinary incontinence, retention, or other bladder control problems.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: Cancer of the lymphatic system, characterized by abnormal growth of lymphocytes (white blood cells), leading to swollen lymph nodes, fever, weight loss, and other symptoms.

Paralysis of the anterior crural nerve: Loss of motor function in the muscles of the anterior thigh due to nerve damage or injury, leading to weakness or inability to move the leg.

Paralysis of the median nerve: Loss of motor and sensory function in the hand and forearm due to nerve damage or compression, leading to weakness, numbness, and impaired hand function.

Paralysis of the Sciatic Nerve (Sciatica): Compression or injury to the sciatic nerve, leading to pain, numbness, or weakness in the lower back, buttocks, and legs.

Parkinson’s disease: Neurodegenerative disorder characterized by tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), and impaired balance and coordination.

Penile deformity (loss of erectile power): Abnormal curvature or shape of the penis, leading to difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD): Narrowing or blockage of the arteries in the legs, leading to reduced blood flow, leg pain, and potential complications such as tissue damage or amputation.

Peripheral Neuropathy: Dysfunction of the peripheral nerves, leading to symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hands, feet, or other parts of the body.

Pes Planus (Flat Feet): Abnormal flattening of the arches of the feet, leading to foot pain, fatigue, and difficulty with standing or walking.

Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia (connective tissue on the sole of the foot), leading to heel pain and stiffness, particularly with the first steps in the morning.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Mental health condition triggered by a traumatic event, leading to symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, hypervigilance, and avoidance of trauma-related triggers.

Prostate Gland Injuries: Trauma or damage to the prostate gland, leading to urinary symptoms, sexual dysfunction, and potential complications such as infection or inflammation.

Radiculopathy: Compression or irritation of a spinal nerve root, leading to pain, numbness, or weakness that radiates along the course of the affected nerve.

Residuals of foot injury: Lingering impairments or complications resulting from a previous foot injury, such as pain, stiffness, or decreased mobility.

Sarcoidosis: Inflammatory disease characterized by the formation of granulomas (abnormal tissue growths) in various organs, leading to symptoms depending on the affected organs.

Scars, burns (2nd degree): Skin injury or damage caused by burns, resulting in scarring, pain, and potential functional impairment.

Scars, General: Visible marks or disfigurements on the skin resulting from injury, surgery, or other trauma.

Seizure disorders: Abnormal electrical activity in the brain leading to seizures, characterized by sudden, uncontrolled movements, loss of consciousness, and other symptoms.

Sinusitis: Inflammation or infection of the sinuses, leading to symptoms such as facial pain, nasal congestion, and sinus pressure.

Sleep Apnea: Sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep, leading to disrupted sleep, daytime fatigue, and other health problems.

Somatic Symptom Disorder (Chronic Pain Syndrome): Persistent and severe pain that is disproportionate to any identifiable physical injury or cause, leading to significant distress and disability.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE): Autoimmune disease affecting multiple organ systems, leading to inflammation, tissue damage, and a wide range of symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, and skin rash.

Thigh condition, general: Various musculoskeletal or neurological conditions affecting the thigh, leading to pain, weakness, or impaired function.

Thyroid cancer: Cancerous growths in the thyroid gland, leading to symptoms such as neck swelling, difficulty swallowing, and changes in voice.

Tinnitus: Perception of ringing, buzzing, or other noises in the ears in the absence of external stimuli, often associated with hearing loss or ear injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Damage to the brain caused by an external force or trauma, leading to cognitive, physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms.

Urinary Incontinence: Involuntary loss of bladder control, leading to leakage of urine, urgency, and frequency.

Varicose Veins: Enlarged, twisted veins usually in the legs, resulting from weakened or damaged vein walls and valves, leading to symptoms such as pain, swelling, and discomfort.

Vertigo: Sensation of dizziness, spinning, or feeling off balance, often associated with inner ear problems or vestibular disorders.

Source Data and Methodology

Here is the source data and methodology we used to create this high-value blog content:

  • Finally, we compared the top VA claims by body system (there are 15 total body systems that make up the VA disability compensation system) to come up with the last 60 of the top 100 service connected VA claims.

About the Author

Brian Reese
Brian Reese

Brian Reese

Brian Reese is one of the top VA disability benefits experts in the world and bestselling author of You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned (Second Edition).

Brian’s frustration with the VA claim process led him to create VA Claims Insider, which provides disabled veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned to win their VA disability compensation claim, faster, even if they’ve already filed, been denied, gave up, or don’t know where to start. 

As the founder of VA Claims Insider and CEO of Military Disability Made Easy, he has helped serve more than 10 million military members and veterans since 2013 through free online educational resources.

He is a former active duty Air Force officer with extensive experience leading hundreds of individuals and multi-functional teams in challenging international environments, including a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2011 supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Brian is a Distinguished Graduate of Management from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, and he holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, Stillwater, OK, where he was a National Honor Scholar (Top 1% of Graduate School class).

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