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VA Disability Payment Schedule for 2023

Bradley Hennings

October 14, 2022

Updated: November 20, 2023

VA Disability Payment Schedule for 2023

VA’s 2023 disability payment schedule determines when veterans will receive their monthly VA disability compensation payments.  To learn more about when you can expect to receive your VA disability monthly compensation in 2023, continue reading.

What is Monthly VA Disability Compensation?

VA disability compensation is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to veterans with service-connected conditions, meaning medical conditions or disabilities that are linked to the veteran’s military service.

In order to receive disability compensation, veterans need to establish service connection for their condition.  Typically, there are three elements to service connection:

  • 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.

When service connection is granted, VA will also assign a disability rating based on the severity of the veteran’s condition.  The rating will correspond to the amount of monthly compensation the veteran receives.  VA disability ratings range from 0 to 100 percent, in increments of 10, with higher ratings given to more severe conditions.  Importantly, 0 percent ratings are non-compensable, meaning veterans will not receive monthly disability pay for conditions with this rating; however, a 0 percent rating can still qualify veterans for other benefits, such as VA health care.

Using VA Math to Determine Your Compensation Rate

Typically, 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.

Using the VA Combined Rating Table and VA Math

Additional Compensation Benefits for Service-Connected Veterans

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 2023 VA Disability Pay Chart.

VA Disability Compensation Rates for 2023

Each fiscal year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) sets a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) which VA then uses to adjust VA disability compensation rates.  The 2023 cost-of-living adjustment is 8.7 percent.  This means veterans can expect a significant increase in 2023 VA disability rates and monthly compensation.

This increase will be the largest since 1981.  The new compensation rates are listed below:

Combined VA Rating2023 VA Compensation Rates (8.7% increase)2022 VA Compensation Rates2021 VA Compensation Rates

VA Disability Payment Schedule for 2023

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, benefits will be paid on the last business day of the preceding month.

Below is the expected 2023 payment schedule:

MonthPayment DateDay of Week
January 2023February 1stWednesday
February 2023March 1stWednesday
March 2023March 31stFriday
April 2023May 1stMonday
May 2023June 1stThursday
June 2023June 30thFriday
July 2023August 1stTuesday
August 2023September 1stFriday
September 2023September 29thFriday
October 2023November 1stWednesday
November 2023December 1stFriday
December 2023December 29thFriday

Do You Need Help Appealing Your VA Decision?

If you received an unfavorable decision from VA, our team at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick may be able to help you.  Our team has decades of demonstrated success helping veterans build their appeals for increased ratings, earlier effective dates, and more.  For a complimentary consultation, call our office today.

About the Author

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Bradley Hennings joined Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick as an attorney in January 2018 and currently serves as a Partner in the firm. His practice focuses on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

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