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VA Retro Disability Calculator

When should you have gotten a larger disability payment than you received?

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What was the benefit rate the VA should have been paying you on this date?

What was the benefit rate you were actually recieving on this date?

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Disclaimer: This calculator uses VA disability ratings and compensation amounts as of 1980. It does not account for historical compensation amounts prior to 1980. This calculator is intended to provide an estimate of your retroactive disability compensation. You should not rely on this calculator in your decision making or for your financial planning. This calculator does not provide legal advice, and is not a substitute for legal advice. We do not represent or guarantee that we will obtain the numbers shown in this calculator in your case.

To learn more about VA disability back pay and retro benefits check out our blog post or watch the video below:

  1. What is VA back pay, or retroactive pay?
  2. What is an effective date and how does it impact back pay?
    • Filing a VA claim within one year of service
    • Increased ratings and staged ratings
    • VA rating reductions
    • Changes in Veterans Law
    • Nehmer claims for Agent Orange exposure
    • Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (for surviving dependents)
    • Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE)
  4. How does VA calculate back pay?
  5. Is there a limit to the amount of back pay a veteran can receive?
  6. Compensation Offsets
    • Retirement pay (or retired pay), separation pay or severance pay, VA pension
  7. Concurrent Receipt for retirement pay
  8. VA Pension offsets
  9. Appealing effective dates
    • What if you disagree with your effective date?
    • What kinds of evidence will you need?
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