VA Disability Payment Schedule for 2022
VA’s 2022 disability payment schedule determines the dates on which veterans receive their monthly VA disability compensation payments.
VA Disability Compensation Explained
VA disability compensation is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to veterans with service-connected conditions (i.e., a disabling condition that is linked to a veteran’s military service).
To qualify for disability compensation, a veteran must first establish service connection for their disabling condition. Generally, service connection requires evidence of the following three elements:
- A current diagnosis of a condition by a medical professional;
- An in-service event, injury, or illness; and
- A medical nexus, or link, between the current condition and the in-service event.
Once service connection is granted, VA will assign a disability rating based on the severity of the veteran’s condition. Essentially, the more severe the condition, the higher the disability rating. VA disability ratings range from 0 to 100 percent, in increments of 10.
View the 2021 VA disability payment schedule or 2020 VA disability payment schedule in our blog.
Determining Your VA Disability Compensation Rate
In general, veterans’ disability ratings determine their VA compensation rate. If a veteran has multiple service-connected conditions, their combined disability rating determines their monthly compensation rate.
Combined disability ratings are calculated by adding together the disability ratings of each individual service-connected condition using VA math. Since VA math can be confusing and challenging, CCK developed a VA disability calculator to help veterans more easily calculate their combined ratings.
Veterans with a combined rating of 30 percent or higher and qualifying dependents may also be eligible for additional compensation. Qualifying dependents include:
- A spouse
- Dependent parents
- Children under the age of 18
- Children between the age of 18 and 23 who are in school
Monthly compensation amounts based on dependent status can be found using our 2022 VA Disability Pay Chart.
VA Disability Compensation Rates for 2022
VA disability compensation rates are adjusted every year based on the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) set by Congress. This year, the COLA increase is 5.9 percent, the biggest increase since the 5.8 percent COLA adjustment in 2009.
The new compensation rates, which take effect starting December 1st, 2021, are listed in the table below:
|Combined VA Rating||2022 VA Compensation Rates (5.9% increase)||2021 VA Compensation Rates||2020 VA Compensation Rates|
VA Disability Payment Schedule for 2022
Disability benefits for a certain month are usually paid on the first business day of the following month. If the first business day of the month falls on a holiday or weekend, then VA benefits will be paid on the last business day of the preceding month.
The 2022 VA disability payment schedule dates will likely be as follows*:
|Month||Payment Date||Day of Week|
|January 2022||February 1st||Tuesday|
|February 2022||March 1st||Tuesday|
|March 2022||April 1st||Friday|
|April 2022||April 29th||Friday|
|May 2022||June 1st||Wednesday|
|June 2022||July 1st||Friday|
|July 2022||August 1st||Monday|
|August 2022||September 1st||Thursday|
|September 2022||September 30th||Friday|
|October 2022||November 1st||Tuesday|
|November 2022||December 1st||Thursday|
|December 2022||December 30th||Friday|
*Disclaimer: The 2021 payment schedule has not yet been officially released by VA. The table above represents an estimate based on the dates used in 2021.
Do You Need Help Appealing Your VA Claim?
If you have a service-related condition but VA denied you disability compensation, Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help. The experienced and knowledgeable veterans’ advocates at CCK have decades of demonstrated success in representing veterans before VA and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. For a complimentary consultation, reach out to CCK today at 401-251-0722.
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