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The VA rates Veterans' disabilities from 0 to 100%. For multiple injuries, a combined rating is calculated using a specific formula. Extra money is provided for families, and the amount can increase yearly to match rising costs.
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How to Use Our VA Disability Rating Calculator

To calculate your VA disability compensation, select your assigned disability rating.

Next, input the number of dependent children and/or dependent parents in each applicable category.

Then, select the appropriate box for your marital status.

Once you’ve filled out everything, your monthly and annual disability compensation will automatically calculate on the right hand side.

How VA Disability Ratings are Determined

The purpose of VA disability benefits is to compensate veterans for the loss of earning capacity due to their service-connected disabilities. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) evaluates service-connected disabilities by assigning a numerical value, which is represented as a percentage ranging from 0% to 100%. This percentage signifies the impact of the disability on a veteran’s ability to perform daily activities.

If you have a 0% rating, it indicates that there is an illness or injury connected to your military service, but it doesn’t warrant VA-provided compensation at this time. However, it is still good to get a 0% rating compared to a “not service-connected” link because if the condition worsens at a later date, you can apply to have your disability rating upgraded.

To determine disability rating, the VA conducts a comprehensive evaluation, which includes reviewing medical records, personal accounts and conducting examinations when necessary. Each disability a veteran suffers from is assessed individually. For veterans with multiple disabilities, the VA employs a combined rating table to calculate a cumulative disability rating.

This overall rating, adjusted to the nearest 10%, directly influences the compensation amount awarded to the veteran.

VA Disability Eligibility

To qualify for VA disability benefits or compensation, you must have:

  • Served on active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training and
  • A current illness or injury that affects your mind or body

In addition, at least one of the following situations must be true:

  • The illness or injury was acquired during military service (in-service disability claim)
  • A pre-existing illness or injury was worsened by military service (pre-service disability claim)
  • A disability related to your active-duty service didn’t appear until after you separated from the military (post-service disability claim)
  • The VA recognizes the condition as a “presumed disability”
    • Chronic illness that appeared within one year of your discharge
    • Illness caused by contact with contaminants (toxic chemicals) or other hazardous materials during service
    • Illness caused by time spent as a prisoner of war (POW)

Current VA Disability Rates

VA disability pay rates are periodically adjusted to accommodate the cost of living changes and ensure that veterans receive compensation that reflects current economic conditions.

Historically, these rates have been linked to the same cost of living adjustments (COLAs) applied to Social Security benefits, ensuring that veterans’ compensation keeps pace with inflation.

Check out our VA disability compensation rate tables to see the breakdown.

How to Apply For VA Disability Compensation

In order to receive disability compensation, you must file a VA disability claim.

When applying, it’s crucial to provide comprehensive documentation of your service, medical records, and any evidence linking your disability to your service. This evidence is vital in establishing a clear connection between military service and the claimed condition, facilitating the VA’s decision-making process.

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