Veterans who suffered an injury or illness during their active-duty service may be eligible for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA disability compensation is a monthly, tax-free benefit. The amount you may be eligible for varies depending on your overall disability combined rating, which is based on the severity of your service-related condition(s). The more severe or incapacitating your condition is, the more VA disability compensation you may be eligible for.
Physical wounds and injuries, as well as mental health and psychological problems, are covered by the VA. As a result, you may be eligible for compensation for service-related mental health conditions such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression. To learn more about how the VA determines disability compensation rates for veterans, reach out to our firm today.
If the VA determines that you have a service-connected condition, or multiple such conditions, you will be given a disability rating ranging from 0% to 100% depending on how debilitating your impairment is.
Veterans with a service-related diagnosis may only receive a 0% rating if their condition has not manifested to at least a 10% degree. Even though a 0% rating does not warrant any type of compensation, this does allow the veteran to receive free healthcare for that specific condition at any VA Medical Facility. Veterans with completely disabling service-related conditions receive a rating of 100% disability.
If you are rated at least 30% disabled and have a spouse, child, or dependent parent, you may be eligible for a higher VA disability compensation rate. To do so, you can submit a VA Form 21-686, Declaration of Status of Dependents with supporting evidence.
As of 2021, the VA disability compensation rate for former servicemembers rated at 10% disability is $144.14 per month, and $284.93 per month for those rated at 20% disability, regardless of family status. For those rated at 30% or higher, their monthly benefit varies based on their family status.
While your monthly compensation will be higher if your VA disability rating is higher, the 30% mark is critical. If your percentage is less than 30%, you will be compensated as a single veteran with no dependents. As a result, if you have a 10% or 20% VA disability rating, you will earn the base amount for that level of impairment.
It makes no difference whether you have children or not. Even if you have 10 children and a wife – you will be eligible for the same benefits as a veteran who is single with no children. The VA includes dependents in its calculation at the 30% disability level, meaning if you have dependents, you will receive additional monthly compensation.
If the VA assigns a disability compensation rate that is too low, reach out to our team for assistance with appealing that decision.
If you have any questions regarding VA disability compensation rates, please contact our lawyers for more information. We can assist you in applying for these benefits or filing an appeal if you were previously given a compensation lower than you deserve. To learn more, give us a call right now.