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VA Disability Compensation Rates for 2022 with Example Calculations

VA disability compensation (pay) is a tax-free benefit paid to Veterans with injuries or illnesses obtained during or made worse by active duty. These are the latest VA disability compensation rates for 2022.

VA Disability Pay by Disability Rating Chart
VA Disability Pay by Disability Rating Chart

2022 VA disability compensation rates are effective as of Dec. 1, 2021. You can find 2021's disability rates at the bottom of the article here. After Dec. 1., 2021, we will no longer show the outdated disability rates.

How to Determine Your Monthly VA Disability Payment

To determine your monthly disability payment, navigate to the table below that fits your disability rating, marital and dependent status. Once you're on the correct table, follow your rating across to your specific marital and dependent status.

If you have additional children or a spouse receiving Aid and Attendance benefits, you should include these figures from the added amounts table.

Jump directly to the tables here:

  1. VA disability rates for Veterans with a 10% - 20% disability rating
  2. VA disability rates for Veterans without children
  3. VA disability rates for Veterans with children
  4. VA disability rates for Veterans with dependent parents (no children)
  5. VA disability rates for Veterans with children and dependent parents

What is VA Disability Pay?

VA disability pay is a tax-free monthly payment from the Department of Veterans Affairs to Veterans who obtained an illness or injury during military service.

Veterans with existing conditions or conditions worsened by service may also receive disability pay. The VA determines disability pay by disability rating, severity, and the number of dependents.

2022 VA disability compensation rates are effective Dec. 1, 2021.

2022 VA Disability Pay Charts

VA Compensation Rates: 10% - 20%

Percentage Payment
10% Disability Rating $152.64
20% Disability Rating $301.74

Note: If you have a 10% to 20% disability rating, you won’t receive a higher rate even if you have a dependent spouse, child, or parent.

VA Compensation Rates: Without Children

Disability Rating Veteran (Alone) Veteran with Spouse
30% Disability Rating $467.39 $522.46
40% Disability Rating $673.28 $747.41
50% Disability Rating $958.44 $1,050.57
60% Disability Rating $1,214.03 $1,325.22
70% Disability Rating $1,529.95 $1,659.15
80% Disability Rating $1,778.43 $1,926.69
90% Disability Rating $1,998.52 $2,164.79
100% Disability Rating $3,332.06 $3,517.84

You may qualify for more depending on if your spouse receives Aid and Attendance benefits. View the added amounts table here and how to calculate.

VA Compensation Rates: With Children

Disability Rating Veteran (Alone) with 1 Child Veteran with 1 Child and Spouse
30% Disability Rating $504.45 $563.76
40% Disability Rating $721.99 $801.42
50% Disability Rating $1,019.86 $1,118.35
60% Disability Rating $1,288.16 $1,495.72
70% Disability Rating $1,616.79 $1,754.46
80% Disability Rating $1,876.92 $2,035.77
90% Disability Rating $2,109.72 $2,287.63
100% Disability Rating $3,456.30 $3,653.89

You may qualify for more depending on if your spouse receives Aid and Attendance benefits and the number of children you have. View the added amounts table here and how to calculate.

VA Compensation Rates: With Dependent Parents and No Children

Disability Rating Veteran with 1 Parent (no spouse) Veteran with 2 Parents (no spouse) Veteran with Spouse and 1 Parent Veteran with Spouse and 2 Parents
30% Disability Rating $511.87 $556.35 $566.94 $611.41
40% Disability Rating $732.58 $791.89 $806.71 $866.02
50% Disability Rating $1,032.57 $1,106.70 $1,124.70 $1,198.83
60% Disability Rating $1,302.98 $1,391.94 $1,414.18 $1,503.13
70% Disability Rating $1,633.73 $1,737.51 $1,762.93 $1,866.71
80% Disability Rating $1,897.04 $2,015.65 $2,045.30 $2,164.01
90% Disability Rating $2,131.96 $2,265.39 $2,298.22 $2,431.65
100% Disability Rating $3,481.16 $3,630.25 $3,666.94 $3,816.03

VA Compensation Rates: With Children and Dependent Parents

Disability Rating Veteran with 1 Child and 1 Parent (no spouse) Veteran with 1 Child and 2 Parents (no spouse) Veteran with Spouse, 1 Child and 1 Parent Veteran with Spouse, 1 Child and 2 Parents
30% Disability Rating $548.93 $593.41 $608.24 $652.71
40% Disability Rating $781.30 $840.60 $860.72 $920.03
50% Disability Rating $1,093.99 $1,168.12 $1,192.48 $1,266.61
60% Disability Rating $1,377.11 $1,466.07 $1,495.72 $1,584.68
70% Disability Rating $1,720.57 $1,824.35 $1,858.24 $1,962.02
80% Disability Rating $1,995.53 $2,114.13 $2,154.38 $2,272.98
90% Disability Rating $2,243.15 $2,376.59 $2,421.06 $2,554.50
100% Disability Rating $3,605.40 $3,754.49 $3,802.99 $3,952.08

You may qualify for more depending on if your spouse receives Aid and Attendance benefits and the number of children you have. View the added amounts table here and how to calculate.

Added Amounts for Spouses Receiving Aid and Attendance and Additional Children

You may qualify for additional VA disability compensation based on the number of children you have and if your spouse is receiving Aid and Attendance benefits. Below is an example of how to calculate this income, plus the full chart.

Example VA Disability Pay Calculation

VA compensation rates for more than one child are shown separately and are not included with any other compensation rates unless otherwise stated.

For example, a disabled Veteran with a 70% rating, spouse and four children (one of whom is over 18 and attending a qualified school program) would receive $2,091.88 ($1,754.46 for a 70% rating with 1 child and spouse + $128.80 for two additional children + $208.62 for one child over 18 in a qualifying educational program).

Example VA Disability Pay Calculation

Another example is if the disabled Veteran has a spouse who is determined to require Aid and Attendance. Here we add the figure shown as “additional for A&A spouse” to the amount shown for the proper dependency code.

For example, a disabled Veteran with a 70% rating and an Aid and Attendance spouse and two minor children would receive $1,830.71 ($1,938.73 for a 70% rating with 1 child and spouse + $119.67 for Aid and Attendance + $64.60 for the additional child).

Added Amounts for Spouses Receiving Aid and Attendance and Additional Children

Disability Rating Each Additional Child Under Age 18 Each Additional Child Over 18 in a Qualifying School Program Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance
30% Disability Rating $27.53 $88.96 $50.83
40% Disability Rating $36.01 $118.61 $67.78
50% Disability Rating $45.54 $148.26 $85.78
60% Disability Rating $55.07 $177.91 $101.66
70% Disability Rating $64.60 $208.62 $119.67
80% Disability Rating $73.07 $238.28 $136.61
90% Disability Rating $82.60 $267.93 $153.56
100% Disability Rating $92.31 $298.18 $170.38

About the VA Disability Rating System

Veterans with a disability that developed or worsened while serving in the military or due to military service may be eligible for Service-Connected disability pay.

Conditions covered by these benefits typically include:

  • Physical disabilities including hearing loss, chronic back pain, asthma and cancers caused by contact with toxic chemicals.
  • Mental disabilities including anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Find a complete list of covered conditions here.

For every disability claim, the Department of Veterans Affairs assigns a severity rating ranging from 0-100%. This rating moves in 10% increments, is based on service treatment records, VA medical records, and private medical records directly relating to the disability.

For Veterans with more than one disability, the VA uses the combined rating table to calculate your disability percentage.

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.

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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2021 VA Disability Pay Charts

The charts below are the VA disability rates good through November 30, 2021. On Dec. 1, 2021, the 2022 rates take effect.

VA Compensation Rates: 10% - 20% (No Dependents)

Percentage Rate
10% Disability $144.14
20% Disability $284.93

Note: If you have a 10% to 20% disability rating, you won’t receive a higher rate even if you have a dependent spouse, child, or parent.

VA Compensation Rates: 30% - 60% Without Children

Dependent Status 30% Disability 40% Disability 50% Disability 60% Disability
Veteran with no dependents $441.35 $635.77 $905.04 $1,146.39
Veteran with Spouse Only $493.35 $705.77 $992.04 $1,251.39
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $535.35 $761.77 $1,062.04 $1,335.39
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $577.35 $817.77 $1,132.04 $1,419.39
Veteran with One Parent (no spouse) $483.35 $691.77 975.04 $1,230.39
Veteran with Two Parents (no spouse) $525.35 $747.77 $1,045.04 $1,314.39
Add for A&A spouse (see footnote b) $48.00 $64.00 $81.00 $96.00

VA Compensation Rates: 70% - 100% Without Children

Dependent Status 70% Disability 80% Disability 90% Disability 100% Disability
Veteran Alone $1,444.71 $1,679.35 1,887.18 $3,146.42
Veteran with Spouse Only $1,566.71 $1,819.35 $2,044.18 $3,321.85
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent $1,644.71 $1,931.35 $2,170.18 $3,462.64
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $1,762.71 $2,043.45 $2,296.18 $3,603.43
Veteran with One Parent $1,542.71 $1,791.35 $2,013.18 $3,287.21
Veteran with Two Parents $1,640.71 $1,903.35 $2,139.18 $3,428.00
Add for A&A spouse (see footnote B) $113.00 $129.00 $145.00 $160.89

VA Compensation Rates: 30% - 60% With Children

Dependent Status 30% Disability 40% Disability 50% Disability 60% Disability
Veteran with Spouse and Child $532.35 $756.77 $1,056.04 $1,328.39
Veteran with Child Only $476.35 $681.77 $963.04 $1,216.39
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $574.35 $812.77 $1,126.04 $1,412.39
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $616.35 $868.77 $1,196.04 $1,496.39
Veteran with One Parent and Child (no spouse) $518.35 $737.77 $1,033.04 $1,300.39
Veteran with Two Parents and Child (no spouse) $560.35 $793.77 $1,103.04 $1,384.39
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $26.00 $34.00 $43.00 $52.00
Add for Each Child Over Age 18 in a Qualifying School Program (see footnote a) $84.00 $112.00 $140.00 $168.00
Add for A&A spouse (see footnote b) $48.00 $64.00 $81.00 $96.00

VA Compensation Rates: 70% - 100% With Children

Dependent Status 30% Disability 40% Disability 50% Disability 60% Disability
Veteran with Spouse and Child $1,656.71 $1,922.35 $2,160.18 $3,450.32
Veteran with Child Only $1,526.71 $1,772.35 $1,992.18 $3,263.74
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $1,754.71 $2,034.35 $2,286.18 $3,591.11
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $1,852.71 $2,146.35 $2,412.18 $3,731.90
Veteran with One Parent and Child $1,624.71 $1,884.35 $2,118,18 $3,404.53
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $1,722.71 $1,996.35 $2,244.18 $3,545.32
Add for Each Child Under Age 18 $61.00 $69.00 $78.00 $87.17
Add for Each Child Over Age 18 in a Qualifying School Program (see footnote a) $197.00 $225.00 $253.00 $281.57
Additional for A&A spouse (see footnote b) $113.00 $129.00 $145.00 $160.89

FOOTNOTES:

  1. Rates for more than one child are shown separately and are not included with any other compensation rates unless otherwise stated. For example, a Veteran with a 70% disability rating, spouse and four children (one of whom is over 18 and attending a qualified school program) would receive $1,975.71 ($1,656.71 for a 70% rating with 1 child and spouse + $122.00 for two additional children + $197.00 for one child over 18 in a qualifying educational program).
  2. Where the Veteran has a spouse who is determined to require Aid and Attendance, add the figure shown as “additional for A&A spouse” to the amount shown for the proper dependency code. For example, a Veteran with a 70% disability rating and an Aid and Attendance spouse and two minor children would receive $1,830.71 ($1,656.71 for a 70% rating with 1 child and spouse + $113.00 for Aid and Attendance + $61.00 for the additional child).

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