What are the VA Disability Rates

VA Disability Rates – Overview

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the 2024 VA Disability rates. According to the official report, the new rates increased by 3.2%. What are the VA disability Rates? How are they helpful to veterans? This article provides everything about VA Disability Rates.

The US Department of Veterans Affairs examines and analyzes the disability benefits rates given to veterans. Each year, the Department of Veterans and Affairs announces new rates for the veterans entitled to receive benefits. This year, the 2024 VA Disability Pay Chart comes with a pleasant surprise for all veterans.


VA Disability Rates

What are the VA Disability Rates

The new 2023 VA Disability Rates increased by 8.7%, which is the biggest increase in over 30 years. The Cost of Living Adjustment due to the pandemic increased by 8.7%. The Department of Veterans Affairs adjusts VA Disability rates based on the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) determined by the Social Security Administration.

Here’s the detailed information about the 2023 VA Disability Pay Chart.

What is the 2024 VA Disability Pay Chart?

VA Disability benefit is based on the veteran’s current condition i.e. disability rating, including their household. The 2023 VA Disability Pay Chart helps veterans understand their benefits with the increased rates, effective from December 1, 2022.

2024 VA Disability Pay Chart

As per the disability ratings, the pay chart may vary. Moreover, the disability benefits are also different for veterans who live with a spouse, children, and their parents. We have put them in different categories in the following charts. The 2023 VA Disability Pay Chart will give you in-depth information about the payment benefits to eligible veterans.

Disability Rating (in %)Payment (Monthly)

Disability Rating – Veteran (Alone) vs Veteran with Spouse Only

Disability Rating (in %)Veteran (alone)Veteran with Spouse Only
70%$1,716.28 $1,861.28

Disability Rating – Veteran with Spouse and 1 Parent vs Veteran with Spouse and 2 Parents

Disability RatingVeteran With Spouse and 1 ParentVeteran With Spouse and 2 Parents
90% $2,578.91$2,728.91

Disability Rating – Veteran with 1 Parent vs Veteran with 2 Parents

Disability RatingVeteran With 1 ParentVeteran With 2 Parents
30%$574.31 $624.31
80%$2,128.01 $2,261.01

Disability Rating – Veteran with 1 Child vs Veteran with 1 Child and Spouse

Disability RatingVeteran with 1 ChildVeteran With 1 Child and Spouse

Disability Rating – Veteran with 1 Child, Spouse and 1 Parent vs Veteran with 1 Child, Spouse and 2 Parents

Disability RatingVeteran With 1 Child, Spouse, and 1 ParentVeteran With 1 Child, Spouse, and 2 Parents

Disability Rating – Veteran with 1 Child and 1 Parent vs Veteran with 1 Child and 2 Parents

Disability RatingVeteran With 1 Child and 1 ParentVeteran With 1 Child and 2 Parents
50%$1,227.16 $1,310.16

Disability Rating – Veteran with New Child (Under 18) vs Veteran with New Child (Above 18)

Besides this, the department also offers additional benefits to each child. The following charts will give you more information about how much a veteran receives with each new child.

Disability RatingEach Additional Child

(Under Age 18)
Each Additional Child Over Age 18

(in a Qualifying School Program)
Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance

Does an Increase in Cola Affect VA Disability Benefits?

Correct; a COLA increase does not change your disability rating but adjusts the monthly compensation to reflect the increased cost of living.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calculates the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses this data to determine the COLA, which the VA then applies to adjust veterans’ monthly compensation.

How is VA Disability Compensation Determined

A rating schedule is used to determine VA disability compensation. Your disability needs to meet certain medical criteria. The specific rating is decided on the diagnostic code related to your disability.

The rating schedule is set according to the VA’s assessment of how your condition is expected to affect your ability to work and earn a meaningful income.

Simply put, the VA disability rating is based on a functional evaluation of how your disability prevents you from working. In some instances, the VA will assign a 0% rating if you suffer from a service-related condition that is asymptomatic and does not have noticeable functional restrictions.

In a few cases, you may even qualify for a “non-scheduler” rating if your condition does not fit the scheduler rating. For instance, as per the schedule, you may have a skin condition that only affects 5% of your body and may get you a 10% disability rating.

On the other hand, if 10% is limited to your hands and affects the use of your hands, the VA would assign an extra-scheduler rating that considers your inability to use your hands to work.

Can You Increase VA Disability Ratings

VA disability ratings tend to increase if your condition worsens with time. In such cases, you will need to provide medical evidence to support the claim for increasing your VA disability rating. The date you claim will decide the effective rate for an increase in VA disability rating.

Be prompt to apply for an increase in disability rating as soon as your condition worsens.

If your application for an increased VA disability rating is denied, you should seek legal counseling to decide if an appeal is worthwhile. In these circumstances, your lawyer can help you with a medical opinion from a non-VA doctor as evidence for your claim.

It is important to determine if any of your medical conditions are service-related. If your condition was pre-existing at the time of entry into the service, determine if the condition got worse because of the service.

In case your condition went undiagnosed during your service, determine if you showed symptoms while in service or at least within a year of being discharged. Ask yourself if the condition has gotten worse because of, or made worse due to, an existing service-related condition.


How are 2023 VA Disability Rates Determined?

VA disability compensation rates are determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs based on the severity of the disability, not by a committee of Congress or the veterans' income. The percentage of rating is based on the severity of the disability. Congress prepares a detailed chart with different categories.

Since each veteran lives a different life with different people, the committee has prepared a chart with each possibility and the VA Disability Benefits distributes to the veterans as per the chart.

Do my dependents receive VA Disability Benefits?

This statement is accurate as it stands; dependents do not receive direct payments but veterans can receive additional amounts for dependents which increase their overall VA disability compensation. However, Veterans can add them separately and increase their pay as the dependents rely on the veteran’s income. This way, dependents of veterans can receive additional funds as VA disability benefits.

How long does it take to receive VA Disability Benefits?

While the processing time can vary, the statement provided does not need correction based on the information available. The VA does experience varying processing times for disability claims, often influenced by the complexity of the case and the need for additional evidence. If you file for more conditions, it will take longer than usual for the committee to rate your disability. However, the usual process time is about 4-8 months.


Veterans can apply for benefits through the VA website (www.va.gov), at any VA Regional Office, or with assistance from veterans’ service organizations such as VFW, AmVets, or the American Legion

Besides this, you can hire a qualified attorney licensed to practice before the VA to apply for VA disability benefits.

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Current Version
November 18, 2022
Written By
Shubham Grover
March 16, 2024
Updated By
Andrea Morales G.

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