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)
One of the most confusing aspects of filing for service-connected disability compensation is figuring out how the Department of Veterans Affairs establishes a rating. Below we will show you how VA calculates disability ratings so you can be better informed when discussing and making decisions about your claim.
How does VA decide a rating?
If VA rates a single condition, your rating is the rating for that single condition, but most veterans are rated for multiple conditions. This rating for multiple conditions is called a “combined” rating.
One of the major misconceptions is that combined simply means added together, which is not true as the VA uses what is known as a combined ratings table. This means that a person’s efficiency is determined first by the most disabling—or highest individually rated condition—and then by less disabling conditions ranked in order of severity.
A veteran may receive a letter from VA notifying them that they have two service-connected disabilities, TBI and a back injury, rated at 50% each. Normally, 50% plus 50% would equal 100%, but this veteran’s total disability rating is listed as 80%.
This is how the combined ratings table works.
In this case, the VA takes 100 (representing a whole efficient person) and subtracts the highest individually rated condition (TBI at 50%). This means the veteran is initially considered 50% disabled and 50% efficient.
100% whole efficient person – 50% = 50%
The veteran’s back injury is also rated at 50%, but no longer at 50% of the whole efficient person. Instead, the back injury rating is subtracted from the remaining efficient person.
50% remaining efficient person – 50% = 25%
So only 25% (for the back injury) is added to the first 50% (for the TBI).
50% (TBI) + 25% (back injury) = 75% combined disability rating
VA rounds the combined disability rating up to the nearest 10, so 75% becomes 80% total disability.
For additional information on how VA rates disability claims, you can visit their benefits site here.
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Starting March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total (P&T) may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits.
What do I need to know about the VA and Social Security programs?
Both Social Security and VA pay disability benefits. However, their programs, processes, and criteria for receiving benefits are very different.
A VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total does not guarantee that you will receive Social Security disability benefits. To be approved for Social Security benefits, you must meet Social Security’s definition of "disability." To be found disabled:
- You must be unable to do substantial work because of your medical condition(s); and
- Your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year or to result in death.
If you receive VA compensation, this will not affect your Social Security benefits. For a quick, side-by-side comparison of each program, please reference this Fact Sheet.
As a veteran rated 100% P&T, how do I receive expedited processing for Social Security disability benefits?
First, you must apply for Social Security disability benefits. You can do this in one of three ways:
If you want to apply in person, please call and make an appointment before you visit your local office.
What should I do to receive expedited processing of my Social Security disability application?
SSA automatically identifies most veterans that meet the VA 100% Permanent and Total disability compensation rating. However, in rare instances, a veteran may have to self-identify as meeting the rating and provide the VA notification letter as proof.
How long does the process take?
The length of time it takes Social Security to make a disability decision depends on several different factors, but primarily on:
- The nature of your disability;
- How quickly we obtain medical evidence from your doctor or other medical sources; and
- Whether it is necessary to send you for a medical examination in order to obtain evidence to support your claim.
You can help speed up the process by having the needed information on hand when you apply. Please go to Information You Need To Apply For Disability Benefits for more information.
What about Medicare?
If your application for Social Security disability benefits is approved, you will receive Medicare coverage automatically after you have received disability benefits for 24 months.
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|
VA Disability Rating
VA Disability Rating
VA Disability Ratings Given to Individual Conditions
The Total Combined VA Disability Rating
VA Disability Rating
A VA Disability Rating is a percentage that the VA’s Rating Authorities assign a Disabled Veteran during the VA Disability Process.
This rating percentage determines the amount of VA Disability Benefits a veteran receives for their service-connected conditions.
>> Click HERE to read about the 2021 VA disability pay rates.
The percentage of the rating is meant to reflect the severity of the condition. A 0% rating is given to a condition that doesn’t really negatively affect the veteran at all, while a 100% rating is given to a condition that makes the veteran unable to work or properly care for themselves.
Each rating percentage is rounded off to the nearest ten: 40%, 50%, 60%, etc.
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VA Disability Ratings Given to Individual Conditions
Every service-connected condition a veteran has is assigned a rating by the VA during the VA Disability Process.
Each rating is determined based on the laws of the VASRD. You can Find Your Condition on our site to figure out what VA Disability Rating it should receive.
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The Total Combined VA Disability Rating
After each of the conditions a veteran has is given a VA Disability Rating, all the ratings are then combined using VA Math to give the veteran a single Total Combined VA Disability Rating. This overall VA Disability Rating is then used to determine the exact amount of VA Disability Benefits the veteran will receive.
Our VA Disability Chart details the monetary amounts a veteran will receive for each VA Disability Rating. All veterans are given the same amount for each VA Disability Rating, and the amounts are only adjusted when factors like children and spouses are involved.
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What is a VA Disability Rating?
A VA Disability Rating is a percentage assigned by the VA to a veteran's service-connected conditions. The ratings are meant to reflect the severity of the conditions. The higher the rating percentage, the more compensation the veteran receives for the condition.
Are my conditions eligible for a rating?
Your conditions are eligible to be rated by the VA if they are the result of your military service. You must be able to show proof of service-connection for each condition.
How do I apply to receive my ratings?
To apply, submit a VA Disability Claim along with evidence of service-connection and all medical records regarding the conditions on the claim.
If my claim is approved, what benefits will I receive?
If the VA approves your claim, you will receive a monthly payment as well as full medical care from the VA for the qualifying conditions.
How long does it take to receive my disability benefits?
Brand new claims usually take 3-6 months to process. Once processed, you will start receiving payments in 1-3 months.
How does the VA assign the rating percentages?
The VA follows the rules of the VA's Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) to assign rating percentages to conditions. The VASRD gives rating rules for conditions based on their symptoms, treatment options, and the resulting level of disability they cause.
How much money will my rating get me monthly?
The exact amount you receive monthly will depend on your total combined rating and if you have any dependents. You can find the VA's current rates on our VA Disability Chart page for all percentage levels and options.
How do I increase my rating percentages?
If the VA assigned an incorrect rating, you can appeal their rating decision, providing proof that you qualify for a higher rating. If your conditions have worsened since you last applied and now qualify for a higher rating, you can submit a new claim, checking the box for an increased evaluation.
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