VA disability compensation (pay) is a tax-free benefit paid to veterans with injuries or diseases obtained during or made worse by active duty. These are the latest VA disability compensation rates for 2019.
VA disability pay is a tax-free monthly payment from the Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans who obtained an illness or injury during military service. Veterans with existing conditions that were worsened by service may also receive compensation. VA disability pay is determined by disability rating, severity of disability, and number of dependents.
Veterans with a disability that developed or worsened while serving in the military, or due to military service, may be eligible for Service-Connected disability pay.
Conditions covered by these benefits typically include:
A full list of covered conditions can be found here.
For every disability claim, the Department of Veterans Affairs assigns a severity rating ranging from 0-100%. This rating, which moves in 10% increments, is based on service treatment records, VA medical records and private medical records directly relating to the disability.
For veterans with more than one disability, the VA uses the combined ratings table to calculate your disability percentage.
To rate your disability, the VA reviews every piece of evidence in your claim and assigns a percentage based on the severity of the disability.
You may only receive compensation for a single diagnostic code per condition, even if that condition satisfies more than one diagnostic code. However, those with more than one condition may receive additional compensation based on the combined rating system.
You may receive additional compensation if:
|Veteran with Spouse Only||$466.15||$666.90||$937.41||$1,182.52|
|Veteran with Spouse & One Parent||$505.15||$719.90||$1,003.41||$1,261.52|
|Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents||$544.15||$772.90||$1,069.41||$1,340.52|
|Veteran with One Parent||$456.15||$653.90||$921.41||$1,162.52|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$495.15||$706.90||$987.41||$1,241.52|
|Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)||$46.00||$61.00||$76.00||$91.00|
|Veteran with Spouse Only||$1,481.48||$1,719.25||$1,932.68||$3,139.67|
|Veteran with Spouse and One Parent||$1,574.48||$1,825.25||$2,051.68||$3,272.73|
|Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents||$1,667.48||$1,931.25||$2,170.68||$3,405.79|
|Veteran with One Parent||$1,458.48||$1,693.25||$1,902.68||$3,106.92|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$1,551.48||$1,799.25||$2,021.68||$3,239.98|
|Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote B)||$106.00||$122.00||$137.00||$152.06|
|Veteran with Spouse and Child||$503.15||$714.19||$998.41||$1,255.52|
|Veteran with Child Only||$450.15||$644.90||$910.41||$1,149.52|
|Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child||$542.15||$767.90||$1,064.41||$1,334.52|
|Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child||$581.15||$820.90||$1,130.41||$1,413.52|
|Veteran with One Parent and Child||$489.15||$697.90||$976.41||$1,228.52|
|Veteran with Two Parents and Child||$528.15||$750.90||$1,042.41||$1,307.52|
|Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18||$24.00||$32.00||$41.00||$49.00|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a)||$79.00||$106.00||$133.00||$159.00|
|Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)||$46.00||$61.00||$76.00||$91.00|
|Veteran with Spouse and Child||$1,566.48||$1,816.25||$2,041.68||$3,261.10|
|Veteran with Child Only||$1,442.48||$1,675.25||$1,882.68||$3,084.75|
|Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child||$1,659.48||$1,922.25||$2,160.68||$3,394.16|
|Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child||$1,752.48||$2,028.25||$2,279.68||$3,527.22|
|Veteran with One Parent and Child||$1,535.48||$1,781.25||$2,001.68||$3,217.81|
|Veteran with Two Parents and Child||$1,628.48||$1,887.25||$2,120.68||$3,350.87|
|Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18||$57.00||$65.00||$74.00||$82.38|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a)||$186.00||$212.00||$239.00||$266.13|
|Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)||$106.00||$122.00||$137.00||$152.06|
Veterans with a service-connected physical or mental disability that makes everyday tasks difficult or impossible may be eligible for VA disability benefits.
Eligibility to file a VA disability claim is dependent on meeting one of the following conditions:
When applying, the VA will need evidence to support your disability claim, which we discuss in the next section.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recommends eligible veterans apply for disability compensation benefits through the VA’s eBenefits online portal. However, veterans may also apply by mail with VA Form 21-526EZ, in person at your regional benefits office, or with help from a trained professional.
In any case, you will need access to your DD214 (or equivalent discharge or separation papers), medical evidence of the disability, and dependency records (marriage license and children’s birth certificates).
If you have yet to separate from service, you may still apply using the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program. To be eligible for the BDD, you must:
If you have less than 90 days until separation, you may still file a full develop or standard claim.
Generally, there are three methods to apply for disability compensation,
each with different timelines to receive benefits.
The fastest method of applying is through the VA’s Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program. This program requires you work with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO), but generally processes claims in 30 days or less.
As of now, the only types of claims the DRC program processes are:
There are additional restrictions for filing under the DRC program. Those applying can consult their VSO to determine if the DRC program is right for you.
The next fasted option is the Fully Developed Disability Claims (FDDC) program.
The primary difference between the FDDC program and filing a standard claim is the veteran must provide all evidence upfront and certify there’s no additional evidence needed to make a claim decision.
At a minimum, the veteran should provide:
If your claim is incomplete or additional information is required, the claim will be removed from the FDDC program and be processed as a standard claim.
With standard VA disability claims, the VA does the evidence gathering and works to compile all supporting documents.
If the VA is unable to obtain a needed document, your help may be required. This typically applies to documents not held by a federal agency, such as private medical records, employer information and documents from state or local governments.
As with all claims programs, be prepared to provide your DD214 (or other separation documents), service treatment records, VA medical records and private medical records pertaining to your claim. Those needing help applying for their VA disability claim may also work with an accredited attorney, claims agent or Veterans Service Officer (VSO).
Veterans with multiple disabilities use the combined rating system.
To use the combined rating system, first, arrange the disabilities in order by severity and locate the intersect of the two numbers on the table below.
The final figure is rounded to the nearest 10%.
If the veteran has more than two disabilities, find the combined value for the first two, without rounding, and repeat with the third disability. Once you have a final number round to the nearest 10%.
For example, if disability 1’s rating is 40% and disability 2’s rating is 20%, the combined rating is 52%, which is rounded to the nearest 10% making the disability rating 50%.
Now for a three-disability example; if disability 1’s rating is 60%, disability 2’s rating is 30% and disability 3’s rating is 20% we first find the rating of 1 and 2. This comes out to be 72. We then take the first combined rating and find its intersect with disability 3. This comes out at an even 80% rating.
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