Veterans with service-connected disabilities can receive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The amount a veteran receives in compensation will depend on his or her assigned disability rating. It also will depend on the VA’s compensation rates. The compensation rates can change each year if Congress grants a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
Below, we discuss changes to the 2021 VA disability compensation rates. You will also find updated compensation information in our VA compensation table.
Table of Contents
- VA Disability Compensation Rates for 2021
- The 2021 VA Compensation Table
- How Tucker Law Group Attorneys Help Veterans Nationwide
VA Disability Compensation Rates for 2021
Overview: VA Disability Benefits
After you file your initial VA disability claim, the VA will review your claim and assign it a rating. Your disability rating should reflect the severity of the disability. Generally, the more serious a condition or the more a condition prevents you from working, the higher your rating will be. Additionally, the rating tells you the amount of monthly VA disability compensation you will be paid. The ratings listed in our VA compensation table reflect the amount paid for a veteran’s combines rating.
How the VA Combines Disability Ratings
If you have multiple service-connected disabilities, the VA will combine them into one rating. This means that each month you can expect to receive one check for your VA disability compensation rather than several individual checks. Learn more about how the VA combines ratings here.
Disability ratings are assigned on a scale that ranges from 0% to 100%. To qualify for disability compensation, a veteran’s ratingnking must fall between 10% and 100%. A zero percent rating is a decision by VA that a condition is service-connected, but the severity of the condition is non-compensable (not severe enough yet for compensation to be paid for that condition).
Changes to the VA Disability Compensation Rates for 2021
Starting December 1st of 2020, veterans saw changes in their VA disability rates which will last through 2021. These changes were the result of the Cost of Living Adjustment, or COLA. The COLA takes into account the fluctuation of cost-of-living expenses that veterans face. In 2021, the COLA rates have increased by 1.3%. This means that veterans’ monthly compensation will increase by 1.3%.
2021 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)
An increase of 1.3% may not sound substantial, but it can add up over time. For example, in 2020, a veteran with an 80% ranking and no dependents could expect a baseline of $1,657.80 per month in compensation. In 2021, this same veteran will receive $1,679.35. After 12 months, this veteran will have received $258.60 more in 2021 than he or she did in 2020.
The table below shows a quick comparison between 2021 and 2020 rates for a single veteran with no dependents.
|Combined VA Rating||2021 VA Compensation Rates||2020 VA Compensation Rates|
The 2021 VA Compensation Table
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How to Read the VA Compensation Table
The amount of monthly compensation a veteran will receive depends on his or her disability rating. Veterans with a combined rating higher than 30% and who have qualifying dependents are eligible for additional compensation. These qualifying dependents include:
- A spouse
- Children under the age of 18
- Children between the ages of 18-23 who are still in school
- Dependent parents
Veterans with multiple qualifying dependents can expect to see additional compensation for each additional dependent.
How Tucker Law Group Attorneys Help Veterans Nationwide
When you are seeking disability benefits from the VA, it may seem like you are fighting an uphill battle. If you believe you were unfairly denied or did not receive a fair rating, speak with a VA disability attorney at our law firm. We help veterans like you everyday. Tucker Law Group is a nationally recognized law firm and has helped thousands of veterans with their VA disability appeals. The appeals process takes time, but our attorneys can help you every step of the way. Fill out our online form or give us a call at (866) 233-5044 to learn more about our services.
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