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2022 VA Service-Connected Disability Compensation Rate Tables

VA service-connected disability compensation rates increased by 5.9% in 2022, effective Dec 1, 2021. Here are the current VA disability compensation rate tables.
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Table of Contents
  1. Will Disabled Veterans Get a VA Pay Increase In 2022?
  2. 2022 VA Disability Compensation Rate Charts
    1. Veteran Only
    2. VA Disability Rating: 10% – 20% (No Dependents)
    3. VA Disability Rating: 30% – 60% Without Children
    4. VA Disability Rating: 70% – 100% Without Children
    5. VA Disability Rating: 30% – 60% With Children
    6. VA Disability Rating: 70% – 100% With Children
  3. VA Disability Compensation COLA Raises
  4. About VA Disability Ratings and VA Disability Compensation
  5. What is a Service Connected Disability?
  6. Applying for VA Compensation Benefits
  7. Disability Ratings are Awarded on a Case by Case Basis
  8. Requirements For Veterans Disability Compensation
  9. Calculating Multiple VA Disability Ratings
  10. VA Disability Ratings Are Not Always Permanent
  11. A Change in Your Family Status Can Change Your VA Disability Payment
  12. Receive Your VA Disability Check Faster
  13. Who Should I Contact if I Have Questions About My Disability Rating?

The 2022 Cost of Living Adjustment for VA disability compensation comes in at 5.9% and is effective December 1, 2021. 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 2022 VA Disability Pay Rates, based on the veteran’s disability rating and the number of dependents.

Will Disabled Veterans Get a VA Pay Increase In 2022?

The current VA Disability compensation rate increased 5.9%, in line with the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) raise. The increase is much higher than the 1.3% raise veterans received in 2021.

2022 VA Disability Compensation Rate Charts

Veteran Only

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 Rating2022 Rates2021 Rates2020 Rates
10%$152.64$144.14$142.29
20%$301.74$284.93$281.27
30%$467.39$441.35$435.69
40%$673.28$635.77$627.61
50%$958.44$905.04$893.43
60%$1,214.03$1,146.39$1,131.68
70%$1,529.95$1,444.71$1,426.17
80%$1,778.43$1,679.35$1,657.80
90%$1,998.52$1,887.18$1,862.96
100%$3,332.06$3,146.42$3,106.04
VA Service-Connected Disability Compensation Rates (Veteran Only)

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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.

PercentageRate
10%$152.64
20%$301.74

VA Disability Rating: 30% – 60% Without Children

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$467.39$673.28$958.44$1,214.03
Veteran with Spouse Only$522.39$747.28$1,050.44$1,325.03
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$566.39$806.28$1,124.44$1,414.03
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$610.39$865.28$1,198.44$1,503.03
Veteran with One Parent$511.39$732.28$1,032.44$1,303.03
Veteran with Two Parents$555.39$791.28$1,106.44$1,392.03
Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance$51.00$68.00$86.00$102.00

VA Disability Rating: 70% – 100% Without Children

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,529.95$1,778.43$1,998.52$3,332.06
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,659.95$1,926.43$2,165.52$3,517.84
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent$1,763.95$2,045.43$2,299.52$3,666.94
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$1,867.95$2,164.43$2,433.52$3,816.04
Veteran with One Parent$1,633.95$1,897.43$2,132.52$3,481.16
Veteran with Two Parents$1,737.95$2,016.43$2,266.52$3,630.26
Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance$119.00$136.00$153.00$170.38

VA Disability Rating: 30% – 60% With Children

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Child Only$504.39$722.28$1020.44$1,288.03
Veteran with Spouse and Child$563.39$801.28$1,118.44$1,407.03
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$607.39$860.28$1,192.44$1,496.03
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$651.39$919.28$1,266.44$1,585.03
Veteran with One Parent and Child$548.39$737.77$1,033.04$1,300.39
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$560.35$781.28$1,094.44$1,377.03
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$27.00$36.00$46.00$55.00
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 in a Qualifying School Program$89.00$114.00$175.00$178.00
Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance$51.00$68.00$86.00$102.00

VA Disability Rating: 70% – 100% With Children

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Child Only$1,615.95$1,877.43$2,109.52$3,456.30
Veteran with Spouse and Child$1,754.95$2,035.43$2,287.52$3,653.89
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$1,858.95$2,154.43$2,421.52$3,802.99
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$1,962.95$2,273.43$2,555.52$3,952.09
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,719.95$1,996.43$2,243.52$3,605.40
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$1,823.95$2,115.43$2,377.52$3,754.50
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$64.00$73.00$83.00$92.31
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 in a Qualifying School Program$208.00$238.00$268.00$298.18
Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance$119.00$136.00$153.00$170.38

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 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 the policy remains in place, it will compound over time.

Here are the most recent COLA raises:

YearAnnual Social Security COLA
20225.9%
20211.3%
20201.6%
20192.8%
20182.0%
20170.3%
20160.0%
20151.7%
20141.5%
20131.7%
20123.6%
20110.0%
20100.0%
Source: SSA.gov


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. The VA pays this benefit to certain military veterans based who became ill or injured while serving on active duty.

Certain veterans may also be eligible for VA health care benefits.

VA Disability Compensation Benefits Pay Rates

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.

Department of Veterans Affairs.

If you have a service-connected disability, you may be eligible to receive a monthly compensation payment. You may also be eligible to receive additional compensation if you have a service-connected rating of 30% or higher and have dependents, if you have missing limbs or if your spouse is living with a severe disability.

Applying for VA Compensation Benefits

When applying for VA benefits, 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. Be sure to provide a copy of your DD Form 214.

Disability Ratings are Awarded on a Case by Case Basis

To rate a disability claim, the VA first tries to determine whether or not you sustained your illness or injury in military service. Then, they assign a rating for each illness or injury.

If the VA determines your 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.

Requirements For Veterans Disability Compensation

To be eligible for VA disability benefits or compensation, you must: 

  • Have served on active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training and have a current illness or injury that affects your mind or body. 

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

  • You got sick or injured while serving in the military and can link this condition to your illness or injury (called an inservice disability claim)
  • You had an illness or injury before you joined the military—and serving made it worse (called a preservice disability claim)
  • You have a disability related to your active-duty service that didn’t appear until after you separated from the military (called a post-service disability claim)
  • You have one of the VA’s “presumed disabilities:”
    • Chronic (long-lasting) illness that appeared within one year of your discharge
    • Illness caused by contact with contaminants (toxic chemicals) or other hazardous materials
    • Illness caused by time spent as a prisoner of war (POW)

When deciding on a disability claim, the VA considers the above eligibility requirements, as well as how your condition affects your daily life, activities and employability. 

Calculating Multiple VA Disability Ratings

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. The VA retains the right to reexamine your 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.

Here’s more information on 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, like a birth, wedding, a parent moving in with you, divorce, a child coming of age, or the death of a qualified dependent.

Inform the VA of a change as soon as possible.

The VA will sometimes backdate payments to make up for any shortfalls, like if you had to wait for your child to receive a social security number to report a new dependent.

In the case of the loss of an eligible dependent, your payment may decrease. The VA can recoup overpayments if you failed to notify the VA of a change in family status in a timely manner.

Receive Your VA 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 through interest.

Call or visit your regional VA medical center with specific questions related to VA benefits.

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. VA representatives have access to your records and are the best source for 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 case, I recommend contacting a veteran benefits counselor at your county VA office, or an organization such as the DAV, AMVETS, VFW, American Legion, or a similar Veteran Service Organization.

You can also use the Physical Evaluation Board Forum to anonymously ask questions about VA disabilities, ratings and the military medical board process.

If that doesn’t work, 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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  1. Thomas Humiston says

    I am rated at 90% but unemployable and receive 100%.. If I marry would my wife continue to get my benefit ?

    • Doug Nordman says

      Thomas, your VA disability compensation would go from the 90% rate of “Veteran Alone” to the row for “Veteran with Spouse Only.”

      I’d recommend checking with a Veteran Service Officer to see whether your “Veteran with Spouse Only” compensation comes from the 100% column. You can find a VSO through your local VA clinic, or local chapters of the VFW, American Legion, DAV, or MOAA.

  2. Chris Northcott says

    My son recently graduated high school. I’m rated at 100% disability. Just recently they lowered my pay. Called to have it reinstated because he will be attending college full time. They said if he’s using the G.I.Bill they wouldn’t include him in the disability pay any longer. That it would be double dipping. Is this true?

    • Doug Nordman says

      I don’t know the answer, Chris, but here’s some background and suggestions.

      There is a section of federal dual compensation law from the 1960s that affects military pay and benefits:
      https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/5/part-III/subpart-D/chapter-55/subchapter-IV
      However over the last 25 years, parts of it have been repealed and other military laws have created many exemptions to this situation.

      You earned your GI Bill and you’ve already paid for that as well as been rated for your VA disability compensation, so it seems that you’d merit both.

      I’d talk with a Veteran Service Officer to see if they can quote you a specific policy (from the VA website or a handbook) or a more specific federal law. If the VSO isn’t sure then I’d consult a lawyer about the federal laws for the VA benefits in Chapters 35 and 38.

      You could also talk with the VSO about whether your son should be using your GI Bill or your Chapter 35 benefits (Dependents Educational Assistance).
      https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/

      Finally, the solution might be as simple as documenting that your son is attending college. You could upload his university’s attendance letter to your eBenefits account
      https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-21-674-are.pdf
      https://www.va.gov/disability/add-remove-dependent/

      • Lori says

        Not sure where you’re from but if you’re having trouble finding your VSO, you can always contact your patient advocate at your VA medical center, they are a great resource. If is a smaller one, they will get you in contact with the “main hub” to find your local or nearest VSO to help you get this matter straightened out and get you the help all the way through that you need.
        Good luck!

  3. carlos mercado says

    i have a 70% with a100% permanent and total unemployability for 8 years what benefits is my wife entitle to

    • LILLIAN WILLIAMSON says

      Champ VA healthcare benefits and I think there are some education benefits too. I’m newly P&T and trying to figure out all my benefits.

  4. Godwin Barley says

    I am in the Reserves, and I am currently 20% rated. During my PHA, I told them I was having lower back pain and they blew me off. I went to a civilian doctor, and X-Rays came back showing moderate degeneration of my lower spine. How can I upgrade my rating and does anyone know typically what percent that would be?

    • Doug Nordman says

      Godwin, the best recommendation I have is to work with a Veteran Service Officer, who’s probably helped file dozens of updated claims

      You could find a VSO with your local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, or Disabled American Vets, or the American Legion, or even MOAA. You can learn more about VSOs at the VA’s website:
      https://www.benefits.va.gov/vso/
      and use their directory to search their Regional Benefit Offices:
      https://www.benefits.va.gov/vso/varo.asp

      Your state government’s Veterans Affairs branch may also be able to help find a VSO or claims lawyer in your area.

      We don’t have the resources, knowledge, or experience to estimate how your VA disability rating would change. A VSO might be able to discuss their experience.

  5. peter gregory says

    30% disability rating awarded in 2016, almost 8 years after I retired. A process indeed, and far smarter people than I have written books on the VA disability process. Two takeaways though.

    If your VSO or case worker cares more about your package than you, expect a certain result. You need to own your case and process to that end. “No” or “Denied” is never the final answer if you do not want it to be. It took eight years to change a “No” to a “Yes.” Other cases took far shorter, other cases far longer. And I think most of us assume we present a very strong case for the maximum awards, but at the end of the day there are other things in our power to control that we can change money wise. Because at the end of the day its a matter of how much money you have in your pocket at the end of every month.

    In the last few years I have done the following to yield far more after tax income than the $500 or so 30% with spouse I get every month.

    -Refi the house

    -Cut the cable, in the NE anyone with Comcast knows that story

    -Renegotiate both Auto and Life insurance with USAA. Yes what they charge you for both is never a closed book, pick up the phone and call.

    -Change your electric/utility provider. In a state like PA you have about 30 options any given year.

    -And the big one for military retirees before Medicare: What are you paying for health care?

    These changes over the last 3 years have increased what we keep about $600/month year over year— independent from any VA award process.

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