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2023 VA Disability Pay Charts
Note: All numbers are sourced directly from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
2023 Pay Rates for 10% – 20% Disability Rating
|Disability Rating||Monthly Pay|
Note: Veterans with a 10% to 20% rating won't receive additional compensation for a dependent spouse, child or parent.
Calculating Added Amounts for Aid and Attendance and Additional Children
Veterans with a 30% or greater disability rating may receive additional compensation for dependent children or a spouse receiving Aid and Attendance benefits. To calculate additional compensation, use the respective "additional" rows at the end of each table.
For example, a Veteran with a 30% disability rating, a spouse and three children under 18 would receive $671.10 each month. $612.40 (Veteran with 1 Parent and 1 Child) + $29.35 (additional child 1) + $29.35 (additional child 2).
2023 Pay Rates for 30% – 60% Disability Rating
|Dependent Status||30% Disability Rating||40% Disability Rating||50% Disability Rating||60% Disability Rating|
|Veteran (No Dependents)||$508.05||$731.86||$1,041.82||$1,319.65|
|Veteran with Spouse (No Dependents)||$568.05||$811.86||$1,141.82||$1,440.65|
|Veteran with Spouse and 1 Child||$612.05||870.86||$1,215.82||$1,528.65|
|Veteran with 1 Child||$548.05||$785.86||$1,108.82||$1,400.65|
|Veteran with 1 Parent||$556.05||$795.86||$1,122.82||$1,416.65|
|Veteran with 2 Parents||$604.05||$859.86||$1,203.82||$1,513.65|
|Veteran with 1 Parent and 1 Child||$596.05||$849.86||$1,189.82||$1,497.65|
|Veteran with 2 Parents and 1 Child||$644.05||$913.86||$1,270.82||$1,594.65|
|Veteran with Spouse and 1 Parent||$616.05||$875.86||$1,222.82||$1,537.65|
|Veteran with Spouse and 2 Parents||$664.05||$939.86||$1,303.82||$1,634.65|
|Veteran with Spouse, 1 Parent and 1 Child||$660.05||$934.86||$1,296.82||$1,625.65|
|Veteran with Spouse, 2 Parents and 1 Child||$708.05||$998.86||$1,377.82||$1,722.65|
|Each Additional Child Under 18||$30||$40||$50.00||$60|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 in School||$97||$129||$162||$194|
|Additional for Spouse on Aid and Attendance||$56||$74||$93||$111|
2023 Pay Rates for 70% – 100% Disability Rating
|Dependent Status||70% Disability Rating||80% Disability Rating||90% Disability Rating||100% Disability Rating|
|Veteran (No Dependents)||$1,663.06||$1,933.15||$2,172.39||$3,621.95|
|Veteran with Spouse (No Dependents)||$1,804.06||$2,094.15||$2,353.39||$3,823.89|
|Veteran with Spouse and 1 Child||$1,907.06||$2,212.15||$2,486.39||$3,971.78|
|Veteran with 1 Child||$1,757.06||$2,041.15||$2,293.39||$3,757.00|
|Veteran with 1 Parent||$1,776.06||$2,062.15||$2,317.39||$3,784.02|
|Veteran with 2 Parents||$1,889.06||$2,191.15||$2,462.39||$3,946.09|
|Veteran with 1 Parent and 1 Child||$1,870.06||$2,170.15||$2,438.39||$3,919.07|
|Veteran with 2 Parents and 1 Child||$1,983.06||$2,299.15||$2,583.39||$4,081.14|
|Veteran with Spouse and 1 Parent||$1,917.06||$2,223.15||$2,498.39||$3,985.96|
|Veteran with Spouse and 2 Parents||$2,030.06||$2,353.15||$2,643.39||$4,148.03|
|Veteran with Spouse, 1 Parent and 1 Child||$2,020.06||$2,341.15||$2,631.39||$4,133.85|
|Veteran with Spouse, 2 Parents and 1 Child||$2,133.06||$2,470.15||$2,776.39||$4,295.92|
|Each Additional Child Under 18||$70||$80||$90||$100.34|
|Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 in School||$226||$259||$291||$324.12|
|Additional for Spouse on Aid and Attendance||$130||$148||$167||$185.21|
Historic VA Disability Pay Increases
VA disability pay increased 8.7% in 2023. See the table below to compare these changes from the year 2000 to today.
|VA Disability %||Effective Date||VA Disability %||Effective Date|
|8.70%||Dec. 1, 2022||2.10%||Dec. 1, 1997|
|5.90%||Dec. 1, 2021||2.90%||Dec. 1, 1996|
|1.30%||Dec. 1, 2020||2.60%||Dec. 1, 1995|
|1.60%||Dec. 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%||Dec. 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|
How VA Disability Pay Works
VA disability pay can be complicated. Below is a general breakdown of how this benefit works.
How do I Determine my VA Disability Compensation?
To determine your disability compensation, you need to file a claim with VA. The VA rates your disability by severity after reviewing every piece of evidence in your claim.
You may only receive compensation for a single diagnostic code per condition, even if that condition satisfies more than one diagnostic code. However, those with more than one condition may receive additional compensation based on the combined rating system.
You may receive additional compensation if:
- You have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
- you have a spouse, children, or dependent parents
- you have a seriously disabled spouse
Note: If you have more than one child or your spouse receives Aid and Attendance benefits (signified by A&A in the table cell below), be sure to include the figures from the "Add" row.
Did you know: Veterans can use their disability income in conjunction with their VA loan benefits. Speak with a home loan specialist to see how much you can afford.
Did you know: Veterans can use their disability income in conjunction with their VA loan benefits. Speak with a home loan specialist to see how much you can afford.
Am I Eligible for VA Disability Compensation?
Veterans with a service-connected physical or mental disability that makes everyday tasks difficult or impossible may be eligible for VA disability benefits.
Eligibility to file a VA disability claim is dependent on meeting one of the following conditions as set by the VA:
- A Veteran who became sick or injured while serving in the military, or
- A Veteran with an illness or injury before enlisting that was worsened by service, or
- A Veteran with a service-connected disability that didn't appear until after separating from the military
The VA will need evidence to support your disability claim when applying, which we discuss in the next section.
How do I Apply for VA Disability Benefits?
The Department of Veterans Affairs recommends eligible Veterans apply for disability compensation benefits through the VA's eBenefits online portal. However, Veterans may also apply by mail with VA Form 21-526EZ, in person at your regional benefits office, or with help from a trained professional.
In any case, you will need access to your DD214 (or equivalent discharge or separation papers), the medical evidence of the disability, and dependency records (marriage license and children's birth certificates).
If you have yet to separate from service, you may still apply using the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program. To be eligible for the BDD, you must:
- Be on full-time active duty (including members of the National Guard, Reserve, or Coast Guard), and
- Have a known separation date, and
- Your separation date is in the next 90 to 180 days
If you have less than 90 days until separation, you may still file a fully developed or standard claim.
Types of VA Disability Compensation Claims
Generally, there are three methods to apply for disability compensation, each with different timelines to receive benefits.
Decision Ready Claims Program
The fastest method of applying is through the VA's Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program. This program requires you to work with an accredited Veterans Service Organization (VSO) but generally processes claims in 30 days or less.
As of now, the only types of claims the DRC program processes are:
- Conditions that began during, or caused by, service (Direct Service Connection Claim)
- Conditions that are believed to be caused by military service with no direct evidence (Presumptive Service Connection Claim)
- Conditions caused or made worse by a service-connected disability (Secondary Service Connection Claim)
- A current disability claim that is medically proven to have gotten worse (Increased Disability Claim)
- Claims for eligible surviving spouses (Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Claim)
- Claims for service members with less than 90 days before separating from the military (Pre-Discharge Claim)
There are additional restrictions for filing under the DRC program. Those applying can consult their VSO to determine if the DRC program is right for them.
Fully Developed Disability Claims
The next fasted option is the Fully Developed Disability Claims (FDDC) program.
The primary difference between the FDDC program and filing a standard claim is the Veteran must provide all evidence upfront and certify there's no additional evidence needed to make a claim decision.
At a minimum, the Veteran should provide:
- All military personnel records on the condition, and
- All service treatment records on the condition, and
- All private (non-VA) medical records on the condition, and
- All VA health records or supplementary information about related VA health records that the VA can request on your behalf
If the VA requires additional information, the claim typically gets removed from the FDDC program and is processed as a standard claim.
Standard VA Disability Claims
With standard VA disability claims, the VA gathers evidence and compiles all supporting documents.
If the VA is unable to obtain a needed document, they may require your help. When help is required, it typically applies to documents not held by a federal agency, such as private medical records, employer information, and documents from state or local governments.
As with all claims programs, be prepared to provide your DD214 (or other separation documents), service treatment records, VA medical records, and private medical records about your claim. Those needing help applying for their VA disability claim may also work with an accredited attorney, claims agent, or Veterans Service Officer (VSO).
Combined Rating System for Veterans with Multiple Disabilities
Veterans with multiple disabilities use the combined rating system.
To use the combined rating system, arrange the disabilities in order by severity and locate the intersect of the two numbers on the table below.
The VA rounds the final figure to the nearest to 10 percent.
If the Veteran has more than two disabilities, find the combined value for the first two, without rounding, and repeat with the third disability. Once you have a final number, round to the nearest 10%.
For example, if disability 1's rating is 40% and disability 2's is 20%, the combined rating is 52%. That figure gets rounded to the nearest 10%, making the disability rating 50%.
For a three-disability example, if disability 1's rating is 60%, disability 2's rating is 30%, and disability 3's rating is 20%, we first find the rating of 1 and 2. The rating of 1 and 2 comes out to be 72. We then take the first combined rating and find the intersect with disability 3. The final number comes out at an even 80% rating.
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By Pam Swan
Pam Swan is the National Military Relations Director for Veterans United. Pam has been actively working to serve members of the military and veterans for over 3 decades.
Pam utilizes her experience to contribute to Veterans United Network. Pam is able to raise awareness of the VA Loan through financial education briefings presented to service members across the country. Pam is also married to a U.S. Army retired soldier of more than 20 years.
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What is the special monthly compensation rate for 2023 VA? ›
2023 SMC payment rates
For 2023, the SMC-K rate is $128.62.
Each fiscal year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) sets a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) which VA then uses to adjust VA disability compensation rates. The 2023 cost-of-living adjustment is 8.7 percent.How much is 100 percent VA disability in 2023? ›
With the 8.7 percent COLA increase, veterans with a 100 percent disability rating and no dependents will see an extra $289.89 added to their disability compensation, yielding $3,621.95 per month.Will disability benefits increase in 2023? ›
The latest such increase, 8.7 percent, becomes effective January 2023.How much will VA disability go up next year? ›
Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, Veterans and beneficiaries who receive VA compensation benefits will see an 8.7% increase in their monthly payments—the largest increase in over 30 years.What is 90 percent VA disability for 2023? ›
What is the compensation for a 90% VA Disability Rating? The 2023 compensation rate (an 8.7% increase) for a 90% VA disability rating is $2,172.39.At what age does VA disability become permanent? ›
There is no set age of when your VA disability becomes permanent. The VA rater will determine “permanence” of a VA disability if it is reasonably certain, based upon medical evidence, that the level of impairment will continue for the rest of your life.At what age does VA disability stop? ›
No, VA disability does not stop at age 65; nor does it stop at age 67. VA disability benefits are for the life of the disabled veteran! And in some instances, the veteran's VA benefits can pass to the surviving spouse. At age 65, a disabled veteran may also become eligible for VA pension benefits.How do I get the $16728 Social Security bonus? ›
Who is eligible for Social Security bonus? For every year that you delay claiming past full retirement age, your monthly benefits will get an 8% “bonus.” That amounts to a whopping 24% if you wait to file until age 70.Will Chapter 35 benefits increase in 2023? ›
If you're eligible for Chapter 35 DEA benefits, the VA will send you a monthly payment to help cover the costs of your educational program(s). For 2022, the Chapter 35 pay rates are shown below. The 2023 Chapter 35 VA benefits rates will increase by an amount set by the VA.
What is 50 VA disability benefits for 2023? ›
What is the compensation for a 50% VA Disability Rating? The 2023 compensation rate (an 8.7% increase) for a 50% VA disability rating is $1,041.82. For more information about compensation for dependents, our 2023 VA Disability Rates and Compensation article covers all the updates for the year.How many veterans have a 100% disability rating? ›
In 2021, 8.3% of veterans with service-connected disabilities had a combined rating of 90%, while 16.9% had a combined rating of 100%.How much does it cost to go from 90 to 100 VA disability? ›
As of December 1 of this year, 2021, veterans with a 90 percent rating will receive almost $2,000 a month, it's $1,998.52 per month. But on the other hand, veterans who are rated at 100 percent will receive over $3,000 a month, $3,332.06 per month.Can a 100 disabled veteran get Social Security? ›
A Veterans Affairs compensation rating of 100% P&T doesn't guarantee that you'll receive Social Security disability benefits. To receive disability benefits from Social Security, a person must have a severe impairment expected to last at least one year or to result in death.Will Social Security recipients get an extra $200 a month in 2023? ›
READ MORE: Social Security increase 2023: How much will my check be? Under the terms of the bill, current Social Security recipients or those who turn 62 in 2023 would receive an extra $200 in each monthly check, or a boost of $2,400 a year.What is the security increase for 2023? ›
In the first year of the deal, which comes into effect in March 2023, employees will get a 13% increase, double the headline inflation rate of 6.5% the Reserve Bank has forecast for 2022.What happens to disability when you turn 65? ›
your disability benefits automatically convert to retirement benefits, but the amount remains the same. If you also receive a reduced widow(er)'s benefit, be sure to contact Social Security when you reach full retirement age, so that we can make any necessary adjustment in your benefits.Will VA SMC rates increase in 2023? ›
VA Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) Rates for 2023
Furthermore, all levels of special monthly compensation will see an increase in 2023. To calculate estimates for the 2023 SMC rates, the 2022 SMC rates can be used as a baseline. Take the 2023 COLA of 8.7 percent and multiply it by your 2022 SMC compensation rate.
Based on the results of the exam, your disability rating may increase, decrease, or stay the same. Once you turn 55, you are typically "protected" and will no longer have to attend an exam to prove that your condition has not changed unless there is reason to suspect fraud. This is sometimes called the 55-year rule.Do you get VA disability for life? ›
If you have a severe medical condition from which VA believes you will never recover, it may designate you as permanently and totally disabled. With this designation, you'll receive VA disability benefits for life (absent a finding of fraud). VA reserves permanent and total disability for the most extreme situations.
What does 80 percent VA Disability get you? ›
Veterans that obtain an 80 percent VA Disability rating receive $1,933.15 a month from the Veterans Administration. Eligible disabled veterans may also be able to receive extra monthly compensation for dependent children and parents.How do I increase my VA Disability from 90 to 100 %? ›
- Filing an appeal within VA's deadlines.
- Filing a new claim for an increased rating.
- Filing for TDIU, or total disability based on individual unemployability.
- Filing for secondary service connection.
Veterans who are rated as 90 percent disabled may qualify for concurrent retired and disability pay (CRDP). Importantly, CRDP restores your service pay simply by eliminating the VA waiver*. Veterans will not receive a separate check for CRDP.Is 70% PTSD a permanent VA disability? ›
Although the terms “Permanent” and “Total” are often discussed together, it is possible to have a permanent disability that is not totally disabling. For example, a veteran may have a permanent disability (such as PTSD) at 70%. Her PTSD is not “Total” because it is less than 100%.How often is VA disability reviewed? ›
VA usually reevaluates veterans' service-connected disabilities on two occasions: Six months after leaving military service; and. Between two and five years from the date of the decision to grant VA disability benefits.How to go from 70 to 100 VA disability? ›
- Method 1: Appeal the Decision or File a New Claim. The most straightforward approach is to appeal VA's decision on the original claim. ...
- Method 2: Prove Individual Unemployability (TDIU) ...
- Method 3: File for a Secondary Service Connection. ...
- Assistance with Your Claims and Appeals.
Since 1957, if you had military service earnings for active duty (including active duty for training), you may have extra Social Security wage credits added to your earnings record.What happens to my VA disability when I turn 67? ›
Even after veterans reach full retirement age, VA's disability payments continue at the same level. By contrast, the income that people receive after they retire (from Social Security or private pensions) usually is less than their earnings from wages and salary before retirement.Can my wife take my VA disability in a divorce? ›
Is a divorced spouse entitled to VA disability benefits? No. Under federal law, VA disability benefits are not marital property which courts can divide in a divorce. However, the VA disability payments are not invisible to the court, and do count as income when calculating child support or alimony.How do I get the $16000 Social Security bonus? ›
- Option 1: Increase Your Earnings. Social Security benefits are based on your earnings. ...
- Option 2: Wait Until Age 70 to Claim Social Security Benefits. ...
- Option 3: Be Strategic With Spousal Benefits. ...
- Option 4: Make the Most of COLA Increases.
What is the highest amount you can get from Social Security? ›
The maximum benefit depends on the age you retire. For example, if you retire at full retirement age in 2023, your maximum benefit would be $3,627. However, if you retire at age 62 in 2023, your maximum benefit would be $2,572. If you retire at age 70 in 2023, your maximum benefit would be $4,555.Who gets the $200 Social Security increase? ›
As GOBankingRates previously reported, the Social Security Expansion Act was first introduced on June 9 by Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.). Under terms of the bill, anyone who is a current Social Security recipient, or who will turn 62 in 2023, would receive an extra $200 in each monthly check.How much does Chapter 35 pay monthly 2023? ›
We'll pay you up to the monthly rate listed here based on your scheduled clock hours: Full-time enrollment: $1,401 for each full month. 3/4-time enrollment: $1,107 for each full month. 1/2-time enrollment: $812 for each full month.What age does Chapter 35 benefits end? ›
This extension cannot generally go beyond the 31st birthday; however, there are some exceptions. For a veteran spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds determines eligibility or from the date of death of the veteran.How many months can you use Chapter 35 benefits? ›
You can receive payments under Chapter 35 for a maximum of 45 months of full time benefit.What does 70 disability get you? ›
As of December 1, 2021, veterans with a 70 percent VA disability rating receive $1,663.06 per month in VA compensation. This monetary benefit is tax free at both the federal and state levels.What is the VA disability 10 year rule? ›
VA's 10-year rule states that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs cannot terminate service connection for a disability that has been in place for at least 10 years unless there was evidence of fraud at the time of the grant.What disabilities get the highest VA rating? ›
- List of the Top 50 VA Disability Claims:
- What are Some Common VA Disability Claims?
- #1. Tinnitus.
- #2. Hearing Loss.
- #3. Limitation of Flexion, Knee.
- #4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- #5. Lumbosacral or Cervical Strain.
- #6. Scars, General.
In order to qualify for a 100% VA Disability Rating, your individual condition ratings must combine using VA Math to equal 100% or you must qualify for hospitalization ratings, convalescent ratings, or Individual Unemployability.What is the most common VA disability rating? ›
According to the VA's most recent VA disability compensation report, the most common VA disability ratings by percentage are 100% and 10%. Of the 5,225,420 veterans with a service-connected VA rating, the most common combined VA rating is 100% (18.45% of recipients) followed by 10% (17.13% of recipients).
What is the projected military pay raise for 2023? ›
President Biden has signed the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, ensuring military members will receive a 4.6% pay increase in 2023. Both the House and Senate approved the bill, with the Senate finalizing their vote on Dec. 15.What is the 55 year rule for VA disability? ›
Based on the results of the exam, your disability rating may increase, decrease, or stay the same. Once you turn 55, you are typically "protected" and will no longer have to attend an exam to prove that your condition has not changed unless there is reason to suspect fraud. This is sometimes called the 55-year rule.What is the projected 2024 military pay raise? ›
The proposal for a 5.2% bump in basic military pay is part of the administration's overall request for $842 billion in Pentagon funding for fiscal 2024, which would be the largest Defense Department budget ever and a $26 billion increase over what Congress approved for the department this year.Will retired military get a pay raise in 2023? ›
2023 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA)
Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index, there will be an 8.7 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan annuities effective Dec. 1, 2022. Retirees will see the change in their Dec.
Even after veterans reach full retirement age, VA's disability payments continue at the same level. By contrast, the income that people receive after they retire (from Social Security or private pensions) usually is less than their earnings from wages and salary before retirement.