As of December 2018, a 100 percent schedular rating is $3,057.13 per month. You may be eligible to receive additional compensation if you have a spouse, minor children, children between 18 and 23 years old in school, or dependent parents. The amount for a 100 percent schedular rating typically changes each year depending on the Cost-of-Living Adjustment.
How to Obtain 100 Percent Service-Connected Disability
A 100 percent schedular rating is the highest possible schedular rating. There are a few different ways to get a 100 percent schedular disability rating.
A Single Disability Rated at 100 Percent
Meeting the criteria for a 100 percent schedular rating can be exceptionally difficult to do. A disability rating of 100 percent means that you are totally disabled. For example, take the following criteria for 100 percent ratings for mental disorders and eating disorders:
- Mental Disorders: “Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought processes or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name.”
- Eating Disorders: “Self-induced weight loss to less than 80 percent of expected minimum weight, with incapacitating episodes of at least six weeks total duration per year, and requiring hospitalization more than twice a year for parenteral nutrition or tube feeding.”
Unless VA deems you permanently and totally disabled, your 100 percent schedular disability rating could be reduced upon reexamination.
If you are unable to meet the strict criteria for receiving a 100 percent schedular disability rating, you may be eligible for TDIU benefits. TDIU, or Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability, allows for veterans who are unable to secure or maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of their service-connected disabilities, to be compensated at the 100 percent schedular rating. To do so, you must meet the following criteria:
- You are unable to secure and follow substantially gainful employment (i.e. above the poverty threshold) and
- You have one service-connected disability with a rating of at least 60 percent, or
- You have a two or more service-connected disabilities with a combined rating of at least 70 percent with one condition receiving at least a 40 percent rating on its own
In some cases, you may be unable to meet the above-mentioned criteria for schedular TDIU. If this is the case, you may qualify for extraschedular TDIU. To obtain extraschedular TDIU benefits, you must be able to prove to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that your condition “is so exceptional or unusual that it makes application of the regular rating schedule impractical.”
Extraschedular TDIU only applies to the impact of one condition, rather than the impact of several conditions.
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If VA rated your condition lower than you believe you deserve, a veteran lawyer from Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD may be able to help you appeal for a higher rating. Call 800-544-9144 for a free case evaluation.« Return to the Veterans' Resource Center
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