How does the VA decide the level of monthly compensation that Veterans receive?

The VA evaluates each service-related condition by percentages. The VA must have evidence that your disability resulted from your military service. Based on the evidence, the VA assigns a disability percentage. Benefits vary based on the disability percentage, plus marital status and whether the Veteran has children or living parents. Here are examples of the VA’s disability benefits rates for 2017:

Veterans Compensation Benefits Rate Tables – Effective 12/1/18


  1. Rates for each school child are shown separately. They are not included with any other compensation rates. All other entries on this chart reflecting a rate for children show the rate payable for children under 18 or helpless. To find the amount payable to a 70% disabled veteran with a spouse and four children, one of whom is over 18 and attending school, take the 70% rate for a veteran with a spouse and 3 children, $ 1680.48, and add the rate for one school child, $186.00. The total amount payable is $1866.48.
  2. Where the veteran has a spouse who is determined to require A/A, add the figure shown as “additional for A/A spouse” to the amount shown for the proper dependency code. For example, veteran has A/A spouse and 2 minor children and is 70% disabled. Add $106.00, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran with dependency code 12, $1,623.48. The total amount payable is $1,729.48.
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