How Much Do Veterans Get for Disability?
As a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible to receive a monthly, tax-free, monetary benefit. How much veterans get for disability depends on how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rates your service-connected disability or condition. If veterans have more than one service-connected condition, the amount of monthly compensation will be based on their combined disability rating.
VA’s pay schedule, as of 2020, is as follows:
- 0 percent disability rating: $0.00 per month
- 10 percent disability rating: $142.29 per month
- 20 percent disability rating: $281.27 per month
- 30 percent disability rating: $435.69 per month
- 40 percent disability rating: $627.61 per month
- 50 percent disability rating: $893.43 per month
- 60 percent disability rating: $1,131.68 per month
- 70 percent disability rating: $1,426.17 per month
- 80 percent disability rating: $1,657.80 per month
- 90 percent disability rating: $1,862.96 per month
- 100 percent disability rating: $3,106.04 per month
How VA Assigns a Disability Rating
VA assigns a disability rating based on the frequency, duration, and severity of symptoms it uses to characterize a certain condition.
A veteran’s service-connected condition(s) must have a combined disability rating of at least 10 percent for the veteran to qualify for VA monthly compensation. The highest scheduler disability rating VA can assign to a veteran’s condition is 100 percent, which yields the highest amount of monthly disability compensation.
Adding Dependents for Additional Compensation
If you have a combined disability rating of 30 percent rating or higher, you may be eligible for additional monthly compensation for qualifying dependents, including:
- Children under 18 years old
- Children ages 18-23 years old and still in school
- Dependent parents
Additional Compensation for Disabilities Causing Severe Impairment
Furthermore, veterans who have service-connected conditions that result in severe impairment, including the loss of use of extremities, blindness, the regular need for aid and attendance, etc., may be eligible for additional monthly compensation. This type of compensation is known as Special Monthly Compensation.
VA Criteria for Disability Compensation Eligibility
First and foremost, you must have served in the U.S. military, whether on active duty, active duty training, or inactive duty training. You also need to establish a service connection for a condition related to your military service and have VA assign a disability rating for that condition.
What to Do if You Disagree with VA’s Rating of Your Disability
The VA disability claims process can be long and arduous. It may be helpful to consider hiring a veteran’s disability lawyer to handle your appeal on your behalf.
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