2021 Veterans disability compensation rates
Note: We’re required by law to match the percentage of cost-of-living adjustments made to Social Security benefits. These adjustments help to make sure that the purchasing power of your benefits keeps up with inflation. You can get the latest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) information on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website.
How to use the tables to find your monthly payment
Find your basic rate
Go to the compensation rates for your disability rating. On the Basic rates table, find the amount for your disability rating and dependent status. This is your monthly basic rate.
Example (Veteran with no children):
If you're a Veteran with a 30% disability rating, and you have a dependent spouse (no dependent parents or children), your monthly basic rate would be $493.35 each month.
Find your added amounts, if any apply
If your spouse receives Aid and Attendance benefits or you have more than one child, you may qualify for additional monthly payment amounts as listed in the Added amounts table.
First, determine your basic rate.
Example (Veteran with children):
If you’re a Veteran with a 70% disability rating, and you have a spouse, plus 3 dependent children under the age of 18, you would start with the basic rate of $1,656.71 (for a Veteran with a spouse and 1 child).
Next, look at the Added amounts table. Find the amount for children under age 18 ($61.00).
Since your basic rate already provides payment for 1 child, you would add the rate of $61.00 for each additional child (so $61 x 2).
If your spouse receives Aid and Attendance, you would also add $113 (which is the added amount for a spouse receiving Aid and Attendance, for a Veteran with a 70% disability rating).
In our example of a Veteran with 70% disability rating, your total monthly payment amount would be:
$1,656.71 basic rate (1 spouse, 1 child)
+ $61 (second child under 18)
+$61 (third child under 18)
+$113 (spouse who receives Aid and Attendance)
The 2021 Cost of Living Adjustment for VA disability compensation comes in at 1.3% and is effective December 1, 2020. You will see the pay increase beginning with your January VA Disability compensation payment.
The following article explains VA Service-Connected Disability Ratings, discusses how VA disability compensation works and shows the 2021 VA Disability Pay Rates, based on the veteran’s disability rating and the number of dependents.
Current VA Disability Compensation Pay Rates
2021 VA Disability Compensation Rate Increase – 1.3%. The 1.3% COLA raise in 2021 is slightly less than the 1.6% raise veterans received in 2020.
2021 VA Disability Compensation Rates are effective as of Dec. 1, 2020.
2021 VA Disability Compensation Rate Charts
The following rates cover only the veteran. We have also displayed the previous two years so you can see how your compensation has changed over time. See the charts below this if you have a spouse, child(ren), or parents as dependents.
|VA Rating||2021 Rates||2020 Rates||2019 Rates|
VA Disability Rating: 10% – 20% (No Dependents)
Note: If you have a 10% to 20% disability rating, you won’t receive a higher rate even if you have a dependent spouse, child, or parent.
VA Disability Rating: 30% – 60% Without Children
|Veteran with Spouse Only||$493.35||$705.77||$992.04||$1,251.39|
|Veteran with Spouse & One Parent||$535.35||$761.77||$1,062.04||$1,335.39|
|Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents||$577.35||$817.77||$1,132.04||$1,419.39|
|Veteran with One Parent||$483.35||$691.77||$975.04||$1,230.39|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$525.35||$747.77||$1,045.04||$1,314.39|
|Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance||$48.00||$64.00||$81.00||$96.00|
VA Disability Rating: 70% – 100% Without Children
|Veteran with Spouse Only||$1,566.71||$1,819.35||$2,044.18||$3,321.85|
|Veteran with Spouse and One Parent||$1,664.71||$1,931.35||$2,170.18||$3,462.64|
|Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents||$1,762.71||$2,043.45||$2,296.18||$3,603.43|
|Veteran with One Parent||$1,542.71||$1,791.35||$2,013.18||$3,287.21|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$1,640.71||$1,903.35||$2,139.18||$3,428.00|
|Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance||$113.00||$129.00||$145.00||$160.89|
VA Disability Rating: 30% – 60% With Children
|Veteran with Child Only||$476.35||$681.77||$963.04||$1,216.39|
|Veteran with Spouse and Child||$532.35||$756.77||$1,056.04||$1,328.39|
|Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child||$574.35||$812.77||$1,126.04||$1,412.39|
|Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child||$616.35||$868.77||$1,196.04||$1,496.39|
|Veteran with One Parent and Child||$518.35||$737.77||$1,033.04||$1,300.39|
|Veteran with Two Parents and Child||$560.35||$793.77||$1,103.04||$1,384.39|
|Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18||$26.00||$34.00||$43.00||$52.00|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 in a Qualifying School Program||$84.00||$112.00||$140.00||$168.00|
|Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance||$48.00||$64.00||$81.00||$96.00|
VA Disability Rating: 70% – 100% With Children
|Veteran with Child Only||$1,526.71||$1,772.35||$1,992.18||$3,263.74|
|Veteran with Spouse and Child||$1,656.71||$1,922.35||$2,160.18||$3,450.32|
|Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child||$1,754.71||$2,034.35||$2,286.18||$3,591.11|
|Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child||$1,852.71||$2,146.35||$2,412.18||$3,731.90|
|Veteran with One Parent and Child||$1,624.71||$1,884.35||$2,118.18||$3,404.53|
|Veteran with Two Parents and Child||$1,722.71||$1,996.35||$2,244.18||$3,545.32|
|Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18||$61.00||$69.00||$78.00||$87.17|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 in a Qualifying School Program||$197.00||$225.00||$253.00||$281.57|
|Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance||$113.00||$129.00||$145.00||$160.89|
VA Disability Compensation COLA Raises
Note: Increases in VA Service-Connected Disability Rates are tied to the same Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) provided by the Social Security Administration. These are the same rates the government uses for determining the cost of living increases for Social Security recipients, military retirees, and federal civilian retirees.
2014 was the first year the VA has included amounts above a flat dollar amount. In previous years, the amount was rounded down to the nearest dollar. This change won’t make a huge difference now, but if this policy remains in place, it will compound over time.
Here are the most recent COLA raises:
|Year||Annual Social Security COLA|
About VA Disability Ratings and VA Disability Compensation
If you were injured or became seriously ill while serving in the military, you may be eligible for certain veterans benefits, including VA disability compensation. This benefit is paid to certain military veterans based on illnesses or injuries received while serving on active duty.
Certain veterans may also be eligible for VA health care benefits. To see current VA disability rates, scroll down to the bottom of the article. Keep reading to learn more about VA disability rates, applying for disability compensation, and other facts.
There are many factors that go into determining compensation eligibility and levels, most of which are outside the scope of this article. Treat this article as a primer for VA disability benefits as we show you the VA’s definition of a service-connected disability, where to apply for benefits, and the current VA disability compensation rate tables, as provided by the VA.
What is a Service Connected Disability?
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Disability Compensation is:
a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free. Source.
If you are considered to have a service-connected disability, then you may be eligible to receive a monthly compensation payment, and under certain circumstances, you may be eligible to receive additional compensation, usually, if you have a service-connected rating of 30% or higher and have dependents (spouse, children, and/or parents under your care), if you have missing limbs, or if you have a severely disabled spouse.
Applying for VA Compensation Benefits
Detailed instructions for applying for VA disability benefits are outside the scope of this article, but in general, it is best to supply as much supporting information as possible, including how the injury or illness occurred, any medical treatment you received, current health status, and how your life has been affected by the injury or illness. You will need to fill out VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension, or apply online using VONAPP. Also, be sure to have a copy of your DD Form 214.
Disability Ratings are Awarded on a Case by Case Basis
The VA rates each disability claim on a case-by-case basis. The VA first determines whether or not the illness or injury was sustained while the service member was in the military, then they assign a rating for each illness or injury. If the VA determines the injury or illness isn’t related to your military service or didn’t happen while you were in the military, they will deny your claim. If the VA approves your claim, they will assign it a rating between 0% – 100%.
A 0% rating shows there is an illness or injury that is connected to your military service, but it doesn’t warrant compensation at this time. It is still good to get a 0% rating compared to no service-connected link because if the condition worsens at a later date, you can apply to have your disability rating upgraded.
Calculating Multiple VA Disability Ratings
Multiple disability ratings are a little tricky to calculate and are beyond the scope of this article. But we’ll give a brief overview. In short, the VA uses a special method for calculating multiple disabilities.
Here is a simplified example:
Example: If you have a 30% disability rating, the VA would multiply that against 100%, which is assumed to be good health. This gives you 30%. Subtract that from 100% which leaves you with 70% (consider this your new starting point for your health rating). Then subtract 70% from 100% and you are left with 30%. If that is your only disability, then your final VA Service-Connected Disability Rating is 30%.
If you have multiple ratings, you continue with the process, using your final number each time as your starting point. Continuing with our example, if your next rating is 10%, you would multiply 10% against 70%, which is 7%. You subtract that from 70%, which leaves you with 63%. Subtract 63% from 100% and you get 37%. Your disability rating is 37%, which rounds up to 40%.
It can get complicated quickly, so I have an in-depth article and podcast that explain how the VA calculates combined disability ratings. I highly recommend reading and/or listening to get a good idea of how the process works!
VA Disability Ratings Are Not Always Permanent
Many disability ratings are temporary and the VA retains the right to reexamine the disability rating at any time. If they wish to reexamine you, you will receive a Notice of Reexamination letter in the mail which will include a scheduled appointment date.
Make sure you attend this appointment or reschedule, as the VA can reduce or terminate your benefits rating if you fail to attend this scheduled appointment. After the VA reexamines your condition(s), they will make a recommendation to increase, decrease, or leave your benefit at its current rating.
There are times when your ratings may be protected, based on the type of disability, how long you have held the rating, your age, or other factors. Take a look at this information regarding VA disability reexaminations and benefits reductions.
A Change in Your Family Status Can Change Your VA Disability Payment
Remember to contact the VA whenever you have a change in family status as your rates may change as well. If you have a 30% disability rating or higher and you are also supporting qualified dependents such as a spouse, child, or parent, you may be eligible to receive a higher VA disability payment. If your disability rating is 20% or lower, changes in your family status should not affect your VA disability payment rates.
The VA will not know when there is a change in your family status, so you will need to inform them immediately when something changes – such as a birth, wedding, a parent moving in with you, divorce, a child coming of age, or the death of a qualified dependent.
It is always best to inform the VA of a change as soon as possible. However, in some cases, you won’t be able to do so until you have more information (such as when a child is born, as you can’t do anything with the VA until your child has received his or her Social Security Number).
Keep in mind that the VA will sometimes backdate payments to make up for any shortfalls, or in the case of the loss of an eligible dependent, your payment may decrease. On the flip side, the VA can come after overpayments if you failed to notify the VA of a change in family status in a timely manner.
Be sure to contact the VA disability center for more information.
Receive Your Disability Check Faster
When you file your disability claim, be sure to give the VA the routing number to your bank so you can enroll in direct deposits. This is faster and more secure – and a requirement as of March 1, 2013. I recommend using a high yield savings account so you can earn more money on any interest that your money earns.
If you have specific VA benefits-related questions, it is always best to call or visit your regional VA medical center, as they will be able to access your file and answer your specific questions.
You can view the current VA Disability rates here, but for your convenience, we have included them in this article as well.
Who Should I Contact if I Have Questions About My Disability Rating?
There are many organizations that specialize in helping veterans with their benefits and claims.
The first place to start is with the VA. They will have access to your records and other information. This is the best source for current and up-to-date information.
However, the VA isn’t always the best place to get assistance with your claim, especially if you are filing an appeal after the VA denied your claim.
In that instance, I recommend contacting a veteran benefits counselor at your county VA office, or an organization such as the DAV, AMVETS, VFW, American Legion, or similar Veteran Service Organizations.
These organizations have trained benefits counselors who should be able to review your personal and medical situation and provide a better answer to your question than I can provide.
Alternatively, if you prefer to use the anonymity of the Internet, you can use the Physical Evaluation Board Forum, which offers an excellent community that offers advice on VA disabilities, ratings, and the military medical board process.
If that doesn’t work, you can consider hiring a lawyer that specializes in VA disability claims. I don’t have any specific recommendations for lawyers, so please do your research before hiring a law office to represent you. At the minimum, you will want to ensure they specialize in military law, VA disability claims, social security disability claims, or similar types of law. As with all legal agreements, also make sure you understand the compensation structure.
Please note that while I have a solid understanding of how the VA disability system works, I am unable to answer specific questions regarding one’s VA disability claims or specific medical conditions. These questions should be addressed by the VA, your medical professionals, or a veterans benefits counselor.
Thank you for understanding, and thank you for your service!
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See Your 2022 VA Disability Pay Rates
The following tables show the 2022 VA disability rates for veterans with a rating 10% or higher. These amounts are effective Dec. 1, 2021. They are tax-free.
Note: These are the estimated 2022 VA disability rates based on federal law and mandated cost-of-living allowances. The official rates will be released by the Department of Veterans Affairs on Dec. 1, 2021.
10 - 20% Disability
30 - 60% Disability
|Veteran with Spouse||$522.46||$747.41||$1,050.57||$1,325.22|
|Veteran with Spouse and Child||$563.76||$801.42||$1,118.35||$1,406.77|
|Veteran with Child||$504.45||$721.99||$1,019.86||$1,288.16|
|Each Additional Child Under 18||$28.00||$36.00||$46.00||$55.00|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18||$89.00||$119.00||$148.00||$178.00|
|Additional for Disabled spouse||$51.00||$68.00||$86.00||$102.00|
70 - 100% Disability
|Veteran with Spouse||$1,659.15||$1,926.69||$2,164.70||$3,517.84|
|Veteran with Spouse and Child||$1,754.46||$2,035.77||$2,287.63||$3,653.89|
|Veteran with Child||$1,616.79||$1,876.92||$2,109.72||$3,456.30|
|Each Additional Child Under 18||$65.00||$73.00||$83.00||$92.00|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over 18||$209.00||$238.00||$269.00||$298.00|
|Additional for A/A spouse||$120.00||$137.00||$154.00||$170.00|
30 - 60% Disability (With Dependent Parents)
|Veteran with One Parent||$511.87||$732.58||$1,032.57||$1,302.98|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$556.35||$791.89||$1,106.70||$1,391.94|
|Veteran with One Parent and Child||$548.93||$781.30||$1,093.99||$1,377.11|
|Veteran with Two Parents and Child||$593.41||$840.60||$1,168.12||$1,466.07|
|Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child||$608.24||$860.72||$1,192.48||$1,495.72|
|Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child||$652.71||$920.03||$1,266.61||$1,584.68|
70 - 100% Disability (With Dependent Parents)
|Veteran with One Parent||$1,633.73||$1,897.04||$2,131.96||$3,436.48|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$1,737.51||$2,015.65||$2,265.39||$3,630.25|
|Veteran with One Parent and Child||$1,720.57||$1,995.53||$2,243.15||$3,605.40|
|Veteran with Two Parents and Child||$1,824.35||$2,114.13||$2,376.59||$3,754.49|
|Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child||$1,858.24||$2,154.38||$2,421.06||$3,802.99|
|Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child||$1,962.02||$2,272.98||$2,554.50||$3,952.08|
Increased Disability Payments For Veterans With Dependents
Veterans entitled to compensation who have a disability rated at 30% or more are entitled to additional compensation for dependents. Dependent children between the ages of 18 and 23 must be attending school and a dependent for tax purposes.
Parents may be considered dependents if the veteran provides more than 50% of their support. Veterans with a disabled spouse may also be eligible for increased benefits. Check with the VA for details.
There is also a Dependency & Indemnity Compensation benefit for survivors of some disabled veterans.
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2022 VA Disability Rates
2022 VA Disability Rates will see a 5.9% cost-of-living increase based on the Social Security Administration’s 2022 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Congress passed legislation in early October to increase veterans’ disability compensation and other benefits in tandem with the Social Security COLA.
Annually, the VA makes cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to VA disability benefits to ensure inflation does not erode VA benefits’ purchasing power.
For a 50% disabled veteran with a spouse and one child who currently receives $1099.83 per month, this amounts to about $64.89 more per month. Use the charts or the historical VA combined disability calculator below to find your monthly or annual disability payments.
VA Disability payments are monthly. Find the next VA disability payment date.
Learn more about the 2022 VA disability rate increase on the 2022 COLA Watch page.
2022 VA Disability Rates Charts – Effective 12/1/2021
Basic Rates – 10% – 100% Combined Degree Only
|10% – 20% (No Dependents)|
|30% – 60% Without Children|
|Veteran with spouse only||$522.45||$741.41||$1050.57||$1,325.22|
|Veteran with spouse & one parent||$566.93||$806.71||$1,124.70||$1,414.18|
|Veteran with spouse and two parents||$611.45||$866.02||$1,198.83||$1,503.13|
|Veteran with one parent||$511.868||$732.58||$1032.56||$1,302.98|
|Veteran with two parents||$556.34||$791.88||$1,106.69||$1,391.94|
|Additional for spouse receiving Aid and Attendance||$48.00||$64.00||$81.00||$96.00|
|70% – 100% Without Children|
|Veteran with spouse only||$1,659.14||$1,926.69||$2,164.79||$3,517.84|
|Veteran with spouse and one parent||$1,762.92||$2,045.30||$2,298.22||$3,666.94|
|Veteran with spouse and two parents||$1,866.71||$2,164.01||$2,431.65||$3,816.03|
|Veteran with one parent||$1,633.73||$1,897.04||$2,131.95||$3,481.15|
|Veteran with two parents||$1737.51||$2,015.64||$2,265.39||$3,630.25|
|Additional for spouse receiving Aid and Attendance||$113.00||$129.00||$145.00||$160.89|
|30% – 60% With Children|
|Veteran with one child only (no spouse or parents)||$504.45||$721.99||$1019.85||$1,288.15|
|With one child and spouse (no parents)||$563.75||$801.42||$1118.76||$1,406.76|
|With one child, spouse and one parent||$608.24||$860.72||$1192.48||$1,495.71|
|With one child, spouse, and two parents||$652.71||$920.02||$1,266.60||$1,584.67|
|With 1 child and 1 parent (no spouse)||$548.93||$781.29||$1,093.98||$1,377.11|
|With 1 child and 2 parents (no spouse)||$593.41||$840.60||$1,168.11||$1,466.07|
|Each additional child under age 18||$26.00||$34.00||$43.00||$52.00|
|Each additional child over 18 in a qualifying school program||$84.00||$112.00||$140.00||$168.00|
|Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance||$48.00||$64.00||$81.00||$96.00|
|70% – 100% With Children|
|Veteran with one child only (no spouse or parents)||$1,616.78||$1,876.92||$2,109.71||$3,456.30|
|With one child and spouse (no parents)||$1,754.45||$2,035.77||$2,287.63||$3,653.89|
|With 1 child, spouse and 1 parent||$1,858.24||$2,154.38||$2,421.07||$3,802.99|
|With 1 child, spouse, and 2 parents||$1,962.02||$2,272.98||$2,554.50||$3,952.08|
|With 1 child and 1 parent(no spouse)||$1,720.57||$1,995.53||$2,243.15||$3,605.40|
|With 1 child and 2 parents (no spouse)||$1,824.35||$2114.14||$2,376.59||$3,754.49|
|Each additional child under age 18||$61.00||$69.00||$78.00||$87.00|
|Add. child over 18 in a qualifying school program||$197.00||$225.00||$253.00||$281.57|
|Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance||$113.00||$129.00||$145.00||$160.89|
Past VA Disability Rates
View Veterans disability compensation rates for past years.
Historical VA Combined Disability Calculator – Effective 12/1/2020
About VA Disability Compensation
VA disability pay is a monthly tax-free monetary benefit paid to veterans due to their service-connected disability to compensate them for decreased quality of life or negative impacts on their civilian employability.
Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities that are related to an injury that occurred during service. Disabilities that arise after you leave the service may also be compensated, if the VA finds they are related to circumstances of your military service.
By design, the VA ratings should offset lost compensation and work time due to exacerbations or illnesses.
Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA) determine VA disability rate increases. VA disability rate increase calculations compare the average of the July, August and September 2021 COLA with the 2020 third-quarter average. See our COLA increase watch for more information on how2021 VA disability rateswill be determined.
How VA Disability Ratings and VA Disability Compensation Work
Military members who became injured or ill in the line of duty, or struggle with other service-connected physical or mental health conditions, may be eligible for VA veterans’ benefits.
But, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not award compensation automatically. The VA will review your health, medical records, medical history and other factors during the claims process.
You are responsible for scheduling your first claims appointment. You can do this when you out-process from the military, or you can schedule an appointment after you leave the service – but sooner is better than later.
Those applying for VA compensation benefits may also be eligible to sign up for VA healthcare benefits and a Veterans Health Identification Card.
VA compensation for service-connected medical issues is not necessarily tied with VA healthcare benefits. If you have a VA-rated disability, consider the options open to you under the VA health system.
Service-Connected Disability Explained
The Department of Veterans Affairs official site describes VA Disability Compensation as a benefit paid to qualifying veterans who have “disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.”
VA rules also allow for compensation for “post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service.”
Veterans can apply for compensation even when medical issues arise after retirement or separation from the military.
The VA’s rating for your condition will determine your benefits.
Some medical conditions can only warrant a 10% rating (such as tinnitus or other hearing-related issues), while others may be rated as much as 50% or higher depending on the condition. Service members with dependents may receive additional consideration for higher VA disability payments.
What to Do When Applying for VA Compensation For Service-Connected Conditions
It is best to apply for VA compensation before your final out-processing appointment, but this is not always possible.
In any case, service members will need to supply copies (not originals) of discharge paperwork such as the DD Form 214 for active-duty military members, medical records, supporting documentation for the medical claim, and a completed VA Form 21-526.
Depending on the type of claim you are making, you may need supporting evidence that shows how your condition affects your ability to work, socialize or pursue hobbies.
You may need to gather medical records and personal statements from yourself, family and co-workers. You might also need to show how your condition has worsened over time. Submit all medical records pertinent to your condition as evidence.
Keep in mind that your family status may play a role in how the VA approaches your compensation claim. If you receive a VA disability rating of 30% or higher, changes in your family status may result in changes to your payments.
Notify the Department of Veterans Affairs in such cases. Changes to your claim or payments of the claim are never automatic.
VA Disability Ratings are Subject to Review and Not Always Permanent
The Department of Veterans Affairs reserves the right to change VA disability rating schedules, screening requirements and revisit VA awards to see if the condition has improved or worsened over time.
You may receive a letter from the VA instructing you to participate in a re-examination. You may also notify the VA when you wish to have your claim reviewed again. Do this if you feel your condition is not improving or getting worse.
Do not skip the re-examination process. Doing so may subject you to a more arbitrary decision from the VA.
Getting Help With Filing and Tracking VA Disability Claims
You do not have to apply for VA medical benefits or compensation alone. Agencies called Veterans Service Organizations (or VSOs) are authorized to act on your behalf to file with the government.
Getting the right help is especially important if you fear your medical claims may be denied or are trying to appeal a denied claim.
Such organizations include AMVETS, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), DAV and more. The VA website has a list of accredited Veteran Service Organizations you can use to find help with your claim.
Help may also be available from your state government. Check with your state department of veterans affairs (not the same as the federal-level Department of Veterans Affairs) to see what services they offer.
How to file a VA disability claim
- Gather any evidence (VA or private medical records, supporting statements etc.) you plan to submit with your VA disability claim.
- File your claim online, by mail or in person at a VA regional office near you.
- Be sure your claim forms are completely filled out and attach all your supporting documents. This will help the VA process your claim quickly.
If you are not ready to file a VA Claim, submit your “Intent to File.” An “Intent to File” can buy some time to navigate the claims process and help you get back pay compensation once your claim is approved.
Historical VA Disability Rate Increases
|VA Disability %||Effective Date||VA Disability %||Effective Date|
|5.9%||Dec. 1, 2021||2.90%||Dec. 1, 1996|
|1.30%||Dec. 1, 2020||2.60%||Dec. 1, 1995|
|1.60%||1Dec. 1, 2019||2.80%||Dec. 1, 1994|
|2.80%||Dec. 1, 2018||2.60%||Dec. 1, 1993|
|2.00%||Dec. 1, 2017||3.00%||Dec. 1, 1992|
|0.30%||Dec. 1, 2016||3.70%||Dec. 1, 1991|
|0.00%||Dec. 1, 2015||5.40%||Dec. 1, 1990|
|1.70%||Dec. 1, 2014||4.70%||Dec. 1, 1989|
|1.50%||Dec. 1, 2013||4.00%||Dec. 1, 1988|
|1.70%||Dec. 1, 2012||4.20%||Dec. 1, 1987|
|3.60%||Dec. 1, 2011||1.30%||Dec. 1, 1986|
|0.00%||Dec. 1, 2010||3.10%||Dec. 1, 1985|
|0.00%||Dec. 1, 2009||3.50%||Dec. 1, 1984|
|5.80%||Dec. 1, 2008||3.50%||Dec. 1, 1983|
|2.30%||Dec. 1, 2007||7.40%||Oct. 1, 1982|
|3.30%||1Dec. 1, 2006||11.20%||June 1, 1981|
|4.10%||Dec. 1, 2005||14.30%||June 1, 1981|
|2.70%||Dec. 1, 2004||9.90%||June 1, 1979|
|2.10%||Dec. 1, 2003||6.50%||Jan. 1, 1979|
|1.40%||Dec. 1, 2002||5.90%||Oct. 1, 1978|
|2.60%||Dec. 1, 2001||6.40%||Oct. 1, 1977|
|3.50%||Dec. 1, 2000||8.00%||Oct. 1, 1976|
|2.50%||Dec. 1, 1999||13.90%||Aug. 1, 1975|
|1.30%||Dec. 1, 1998||6.30%||May 1, 1974|
|2.10%||Dec. 1, 1997|
Rates 2020 disability va
2020 VA Disability Rates – The Complete Guide
The 2020 VA disability rates were released on October 10, 2019, with the implementation of the Social Security Administration’s announcement of a 1.6% increase in the 2020 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
2020 VA disability rates are effective December 1, 2019, and disabled veterans will see the new 1.6% increase on their January 1, 2020 VA compensation payment.
This means Disabled Veterans with a current VA disability rating of 10% of higher will receive a 1.6% increase in their VA disability pay rate for 2020.
For example, if you were previously getting $1,000 per month tax-free, a 1.6% VA pay increase is $16, so a veterans VA disabiltiy compensation pay in 2020 would go up to $1,016 per month.
Did you know 80% of Veterans (8/10 of you reading this right now…) are being shortchanged nearly $1,000/month tax-free on your 2020 VA disability pay?
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The complete 2020 VA disability pay rates table along with footnotes is shown below.
2020 VA Disability Rates Table
|10% – 20% VA Rating (No Dependents)|
|VA Percentage||VA Pay Rate|
|10% VA Pay Rate in 2020||$142.29|
|20% VA Pay Rate in 2020||$281.27|
|30% – 60% VA Rating (Without Children)|
|Veteran with Spouse Only||$487.51||$696.70||$979.79||$1,235.31|
|Veteran with Spouse & One Parent||$529.16||$751.57||$1,048.88||$1,318.63|
|Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents||$570.82||$806.43||$1,117.97||$1,401.94|
|Veteran with One Parent||$477.35||$682.48||$962.52||$1,214.99|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$519.00||$737.34||$1,031.61||$1,298.31|
|Additional for A/A spouse||$47.75||$62.99||$79.25||$95.50|
|70% – 100% VA Rating (Without Children)|
|Veteran with Spouse Only||$1,547.07||$1,795.97||$2,018.41||$3,279.22|
|Veteran with Spouse and One Parent||$1,643.59||$1,906.72||$2,143.37||$3,418.20|
|Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents||$1,740.11||$2,017.46||$2,268.34||$3,557.18|
|Veteran with One Parent||$1,522.69||$1,768.54||$1,987.93||$3,245.02|
|Veteran with Two Parents||$1,619.21||$1,879.29||$2,112.89||$3,384.00|
|Additional for A/A spouse||$110.74||$127.00||$143.26||$158.82|
|30% – 60% VA Rating (With Children)|
|Veteran with Spouse and Child||$525.10||$747.50||$1,042.78||$1,311.51|
|Veteran with Child Only||$470.24||$673.33||$950.33||$1,200.77|
|Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child||$566.76||$802.37||$1,111.87||$1,394.83|
|Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child||$608.41||$857.23||$1,180.96||$1,478.14|
|Veteran with One Parent and Child||$511.89||$728.20||$1,019.41||$1,284.08|
|Veteran with Two Parents and Child||$553.55||$783.06||$1,088.50||$1,367.39|
|Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18||$25.40||$33.53||$42.67||$50.80|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18||$83.31||$110.74||$138.18||$166.62|
|Additional for A/A spouse||$47.75||$62.99||$79.25||$95.50|
|70% – 100% VA Rating (With Children)|
|Veteran with Spouse and Child||$1,635.47||$1,897.57||$2,132.20||$3,406.05|
|Veteran with Child Only||$1,506.43||$1,750.25||$1,966.59||$3,221.86|
|Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child||$1,731.99||$2,008.32||$2,257.17||$3,545.03|
|Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child||$1,828.51||$2,119.06||$2,382.13||$3,684.01|
|Veteran with One Parent and Child||$1,602.95||$1,861.00||$2,091.56||$3,360.84|
|Veteran with Two Parents and Child||$1,699.47||$1,971.74||$2,216.53||$3,499.82|
|Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18||$59.94||$68.07||$77.22||$86.05|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18||$194.06||$221.49||$249.94||$277.96|
|Additional for A/A spouse||$110.74||$127.00||$143.26||$158.82|
- 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 and add the rate for one school child.
- Where the veteran has a spouse who is determined to require Aid and Attendance (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 $110.74, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran to calculate the total amount.
VA Compensation Rates 2020
VA Disability Pay – Frequently Asked Questions
Is VA Disability Pay Tax Free?
VA Disability Pay is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury that was caused or made worse during active duty military service.
Compensation benefits require that your disability be service connected.
You must also have separated or been discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions.
Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service.
Generally, the degrees of disability specified are also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses.
At VA Claims Insider, we refer to this as “severity of symptoms,” meaning Veterans must explain HOW their disabilities are negatively impacting their work, life, and/or social functioning.
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What is Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit generally payable to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of service members who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training or survivors of Veterans who died from their service-connected disabilities.
DIC for parents is an income-based benefit.
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What is VA Special Monthly Compensation?
Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to Veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses and parents.
For Veterans, Special Monthly Compensation is a higher rate of compensation paid due to special circumstances such as the need of aid and attendance by another person or a specific disability, such as loss of use of one arm or leg.
For spouses and surviving spouses, this benefit is commonly referred to as aid and attendance and is paid based on the need of aid and attendance by another person.
Click HERE to read about Special Monthly Compensation from A to Z.
How to Apply for VA Disability Compensation
The easiest way to apply for VA disability compensation is by obtaining an eBenefits or VA.gov account and applying online.
When applying for VA disability benefits in 2020, you must have access to the following information:
- Discharge or separation papers (DD 214 or equivalent)
- Medical evidence (service treatment records, VA medical records, and/or private medical records)
- Dependency records (marriage and children’s birth certificates)
Alternatively, you may print and mail-in VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits or call VA at 1-800-827-1000 to have the form mailed to you.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) VA Form 21P-534EZ, Application for DIC, Death Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits and mail it to your nearest VA regional office in your state.
How to Apply for VA Special Monthly Compensation
The VA will automatically award Special Monthly Compensation if your disability qualifies.
To apply for SMC if you are housebound or required the aid and attendance of someone to perform daily living functions complete VA Form 21-2680 and mail it to your nearest VA Regional Office in your state.
How to Find the VA Regional Office in Your State
If you’ve ever tried to search for a “VA Regional Office Near Me” you’re in the right place Veterans!
Each state has a VA Regional Office in a specific city.
Click HERE to search for and find the VA Regional Office in your state.
How to Find VA Locations Near Me
Veterans can now search for VA locations near you with the VA’s new facility locator tool.
You can search for your nearest VA medical center as well as other health facilities, benefit offices, cemeteries, community care providers and Vet Centers.
You can also filter your results by service type to find locations that offer the specific service you’re looking for.
Click HERE to find VA locations and VA resources now.
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About the Author
Founder & CEO
Brian Reese is VA benefits expert, author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned, and founder of VA Claims Insider – “The Most Trusted Name in Education-Based Resources for Veterans.”
His frustration with the 8-step VA disability claims process led him to create “VA Claims Insider,” which provides U.S. military veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned for successfully submitting or re-submitting a winning VA disability compensation claim.
Brian is also the CEO of Military Disability Made Easy, which is the world’s largest free searchable database for all things related to DoD disability and VA disability claims and has served more than 4,600,000 military members and veterans since its founding in 2013.
His eBook, the “9 Secrets Strategies for Winning Your VA Disability Claim” has been downloaded more than 300,000 times in the past three years and is the #1 rated free VA disability claims guide for veterans.
He is a former active duty Air Force officer with extensive experience leading hundreds of individuals and multi-functional teams in challenging international environments, including a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2011 supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Brian is a Distinguished Graduate of Management from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO and he holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, Stillwater, OK, where he was a National Honor Scholar (Top 1% of Graduate School class).
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