If you served in the military and suffered a disability during or because of your service, you may be eligible for disability pay from the VA. Each veteran will receive a different amount based on their disability rating. Your disability can be physical or mental and qualify you for disability benefits.
Keep reading to learn more about disability rates and how they affect you.
The Disability Rating
Before you can determine how much disability pay you will receive, you need to know your disability rating. The VA breaks down the rating for veterans with children and veterans without children.
Veterans without children receive the following disability rates for 2019:
- 10% disability – $140.15
- 20% disability – $276.84
- 30% disability – $428.83
- 40% disability – $617.73
- 50% disability – $879.36
- 60% disability – $1,113.86
- 70% disability – $1,403.71
- 80% disability – $1,631.69
- 90% disability – $1,833.62
- 100% disability – $3,057.13
Veterans with children and a spouse receive the following disability rates for 2019:
- 30% disability – $516.83
- 40% disability – $735.73
- 50% disability – $1,026.36
- 60% disability – $1,290.86
- 70% disability – $1609.71
- 80% disability – $1,867.69
- 90% disability – $2,098.62
- 100% disability – $3,352.41
The amount you receive can vary based on your dependent situation. For example, if you are a veteran with a child but no spouse, you’d receive $462.83 with a 30% disability rating rather than $516.83.
How the VA Determines Your Disability Rating
In order to receive disability pay, you have to apply for it. This requires you to prove one of the following is true:
- You became injured or ill during your time in the military
- Your time in the military made a current injury or illness worse
- You experienced a physical or mental illness because of your time in the military
You will need ample proof to prove any of these conditions. This means you must provide:
- All documentation pertaining to the condition from the military and your doctors
- All records of any treatment you’ve received or the condition
- All VA records regarding diagnosis and/or treatment of the condition
The Methods to File for a Disability Claim
The VA allows three different methods to file for a disability claim:
- Standard Method – With this method, you complete VA Form 21-526EZ and provide any medical records or VA records that you have. The VA will do most of the work regarding gathering evidence, but occasionally you need to assist in the record gathering process.
- Decision Ready Claims – This process gets your claim done in 30 days or less. You work with a Veterans Service Organization who does the work for you. But you can only use this method if you have a condition caused by your time in service or made worse by your time in service. You can also use it if you are a surviving spouse.
- Fully Developed Disability Claims – This is a faster track option than the standard disability claim, but you must provide all required documentation upfront. If you miss anything, the VA will automatically turn the claim into a standard VA disability claim.
If you think you may be eligible for VA disability pay, work closely with the VA to get the information that you need. The more documentation you have and the more cooperative you are with the VA, the faster you’ll get your claim approved. If you do get VA disability pay, you will be eligible for a VA funding fee exemption, which means you don’t have to pay the 2.15% funding fee when you take out a VA loan.