Benefits for Dependents for a Veteran Who is 100% Disabled

Disability benefits for Veterans and their dependents will differ year to year, so it is important to keep track of the amount of monthly benefits you are getting according to the level of your disability. In other words,  a Veteran whose rating is 30%, which translates to a moderate level of impairment because of service-related issues, will result in less compensation than someone with a 100% rating, which indicates severe impairment and total disability.

Further, a Veteran’s monthly disability can be adjusted based on the number of dependents they have – with a minimum rating of only 30% needed for dependents to be factored into the benefits. For those with significant disability, here is what you need to know about getting dependent benefits for a Veteran who is 100% disabled.

Benefits for Dependents

For purposes of Veterans benefits, a dependent is generally a spouse, certain parents who need care, a child under 18, a child between the ages of 18 and 23 who is attending school, or an adult child with severe disabilities who depends on their parents for assistance. The VA increases the monthly payments for Veterans with dependents, and the benefits can include compensation to health and life insurance, and funds for school and college.

The monthly benefits (as of 2024) for a Veteran with a 100% disability rating and one child under the age of 18 would be $3,877.22, and that number increases when adding another child, a spouse, and parents. You can view the chart and calculate your monthly compensation at the VA website.

Further,  there are additional benefits to dependents of a disabled Veteran, with some of them being:

  • Healthcare: The spouse, dependents, or survivors may be eligible for the Department of Defense TRICARE program for health and benefits.
  • Education: The dependents may be eligible for the Survivors Independence Education Assistant Program that helps you pay for school or find a job.
  • Employment: You can get free career or educational counseling if you are dependent on a family member who has VA educational benefits.
  • Financial counseling: You can apply for a VA home loan to buy, build, or refinance your home. Further, you may be eligible to get a loan if you are having trouble paying your mortgage.

There are many other benefits listed on the VA website for dependents of a Veteran with a 100% disability rating. It is important that you and your family take advantage of all benefits available to you

Veterans and Potential Dependents Should Consult an Attorney to Discuss 100% Disability Benefits

Do you have family members you can claim as a dependent when applying for VA benefits? Do you know all the opportunities you can take advantage of? Schedule a free consultation with one of our VA disability attorneys and discuss the potential benefits available for dependents of a Veteran who is given a 100% disability rating.

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