Rating System

Disability Compensation is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. Compensation may also be paid 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, even though they may arise after service. Generally, the degrees of disability specified are also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbation or illnesses.

Eligibility Requirements

Compensation benefits require that your disability be service-connected. You must also have separated or been discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions.

Disability Compensation Your disability must be the result of an injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated while on active duty or active duty for training; or from injury, heart attack, or stroke that occurred during inactive duty training. A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as Lou Gehrig's Disease, as well as mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Application Process

The best way to apply for disability compensation is by obtaining an eBenefits account and applying online. When applying for compensation benefits, you must have access to the following information:

  • Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
  • Medical evidence (doctor and hospital reports)
  • Dependency records (marriage and children's birth certificates)

Alternatively, you may print and mail-in VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits or call VA at 1-800-827-1000 to have the form mailed to you.

Service members may be able to receive disability compensation benefits sooner if you apply prior to your discharge from service through the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) or Quick Start pre-discharge programs.

Compensation Rates

10% - 20% (With or Without Dependents)

Percentage Rate
10% $129
20% $255


30% - 60% Without Children

Dependent Status
30%
40%
50%
60%
Veteran Alone $395 $569 $810 $1,026
Veteran with Spouse Only $442 $631 $888 $1,120
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $479 $681 $951 $1,195
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $516 $731 $1,014 $1,270
Veteran with One Parent $432 $619 $873 $1,101
Veteran with Two Parents $469 $669 $936 $1,176
Additional for A/A spouse  $43 $58 $72 $86


70% - 100% Without Children

Dependent Status
70%
80%
90%
100%
Veteran Alone $1,293 $1,503 $1,689 $2,816
Veteran with Spouse Only $1,402 $1,628 $1,830 $2,973
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $1,490 $1,728 $1,943 $3,099
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $1,578 $1,828 $2,056 $3,225
Veteran with One Parent $1,381 $1,603 $1,802 $2,942
Veteran with Two Parents $1,469 $1,703 $1,915 $3,068
Additional for A/A spouse  $101 $115 $129 $144


30% - 60% With Children

Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60%
Veteran with Spouse & Child $476 $677 $946 $1,189
Veteran with Child Only $426 $611 $862 $1,089
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $513 $727 $1,009 $1,264
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $550 $777 $1,072 $1,339
Veteran with One Parent and Child $463 $661 $925 $1,164
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $500 $711 $988 $1,239
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $23 $31 $39 $46
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18  $75 $100 $126 $151
Additional for A/A spouse  $43 $58 $72 $86


70% - 100% With Children

Dependent Status 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran with Spouse & Child $1,483 $1,720 $1,933 $3,088
Veteran with Child Only $1,366 $1,587 $1,783 $2,921
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $1,571 $1,820 $2,046 $3,214
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $1,659 $1,920 $2,159 $3,340
Veteran with One Parent and Child $1,454 $1,687 $1,896 $3,047
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $1,542 $1,787 $2,009 $3,173
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $54 $62 $70 $78
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18  $176 $201 $226 $252
Additional for A/A spouse  $101 $115 $129 $144
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