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Veteran’s Service Connected Compensation – Frequently Asked Questions

What types of VA claims does VA Disability Attorney John V. Tucker & his team handle?

Our team of VA disability attorneys handle appeals of service-connected disability claims to the Regional Office (RO), as well as appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) and to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (USCAVC). This includes claims for VA service connection, increased ratings, and Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).  We will help you in many ways, including:

  • Filing your Notice of Disagreement (NOD)
  • Dealing with all of the VA paperwork on claims we are handling;
  • Helping you develop evidence to prove your claims, including referring you for medical exams, vocational evaluations, and working with you to get witness statements that support your claim;
  • Helping you fill out any necessary VA forms;
  • Submitting legal argument and legal briefs to the Decision Review Office (DRO), Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA); and
  • If necessary, appealing your case to the veterans’ court – the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C. – which handles appeals from the Board of Veterans Appeals.

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How do I know what percentage disability the VA assigns to different conditions?

The VA has a web page that explains its ratings schedule by condition. It is called the Veterans Benefits Administration References – Web Automated Reference Material System (WARMS). It is the online version of the federal regulations found in 38 C.F.R. Book C, Schedule for Rating Disabilities.  VA’s rating schedule is adjuster each year.

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How does VA determine the level of compensation payable?

Service-connected compensation for disability is a monthly benefit paid to veterans because of injuries or diseases that started while they were on active duty. It can also be paid if a condition is made worse by active military service. The veteran has to prove that the disability claimed is the result of the veteran’s military service. The VA then evaluates the medical evidence and assigns a disability rating percentage.

VA evaluates each service-related condition in 10% increments. For some conditions, the maximum level of compensation is 100%. However, for most conditions, the maximum level of compensation is less than 100%. The amount of benefits owed to the veteran are based on the percentage rating assigned.  Each level that the VA assigns for a particular condition is based on the severity of the symptoms that the VA decides is appropriate at each rating level.  The worse the condition, the more it impacts a veteran’s ability to work, and the higher the disability compensation rating percentage.

For a chart of VA compensation based on percentages assigned, click here:
https://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm

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What are VA payments for specific benefit percentages?

The current VA Veterans Compensation Benefits Rate Tables show how much VA compensation is paid for percentage impairments rated at each level from 10% to 100%.

10% – 20% (No Dependents)

Percentage Rate
10% $123
20% $243

 

30% – 60% Without Children

Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60%
Veteran Alone $376 $541 $770 $974
Veteran with Spouse Only $421 $601 $845 $1064
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $457 $649 $905 $1136
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $493 $697 $965 $1208
Veteran with One Parent $412 $589 $830 $1046
Veteran with Two Parents $448 $637 $890 $1118
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $40 $54 $68 $81

 

70% – 100% Without Children

Dependent Status 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran Alone $1,228 $1,427 $1,604 $2,673
Veteran with Spouse Only $1,333 $1,547 $1,739 $2,823
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $1,417 $1,643 $1,847 $2,943
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $1,501 $1,739 $1,955 $3,063
Veteran with One Parent $1,312 $1,523 $1,712 $2,793
Veteran with Two Parents $1,396 $1,619 $1,820 $2,913
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $95 $108 $122 $136

 

30% – 60% With Children

Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60%
Veteran with Spouse & Child $453 $644 $899 $1129
Veteran with Child Only $406 $581 $820 $1034
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $489 $692 $959 $1201
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $525 $740 $1019 $1,273
Veteran with One Parent and Child $442 $629 $880 $1106
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $478 $677 $940 $1178
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $22 $30 $37 $45
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $72 $96 $120 $144
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $40 $54 $68 $81

 

70% – 100% With Children

Dependent Status 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran with Spouse & Child $1,409 $1,634 $1,837 $2,932
Veteran with Child Only $1,298 $1,507 $1,694 $2,774
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $1,493 $1,730 $1,945 $3,052
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $1,577 $1,826 $2,053 $3,172
Veteran with One Parent and Child $1,382 $1,603 $1,802 $2,894
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $1,466 $1,699 $1,910 $3,014
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $52 $60 $67 $75
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $168 $192 $216 $240
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $95 $108 $122 $136

 

FOOTNOTES:

a. 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, $ 1,513, and add the rate for one school child, $168. The total amount payable is $1,681.

b. 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 $95, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran with dependency code 12, $1,461. The total amount payable is $ 1,556.

NOTE:  Getting paid 100% when you are unemployable:

You may also qualify for a 100% extraschedular rating if you cannot work because of your service connected disabilities.  This is called Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (often called “TDIU”).  To learn more about TDIU, visit: 100% VA Rating Based on Individual Unemployability – TDIU.

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Can Members of the Reserve and National Guard Get Service-Connected Compensation Benefits?

Yes. If the injury or disease starts during active federal service. VA pays monthly compensation benefits for disabilities incurred or aggravated during active duty and active duty for training as a result of injury or disease, and for disabilities due to injury, heart attack, or stroke that occurred during inactive duty training.

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