Chad Burkitt

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Chad Burkitt is an Army veteran and the deputy director of Minnesota’s Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement. Burkitt works on retirement law and policy affecting Minnesotans, including disability benefits and retirement benefits for military and government employees. Burkitt enlisted in the Army and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan before separating. He used his Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to earn a political science degree from the University of Minnesota, before pursuing his master’s degree at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Now Burkitt lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife, their two kids and a fluffy, perpetually shedding dog.




Reviewed Articles

2024 VA Disability Rates

Updated: May 22, 2024

VA disability rates increased 3.2% in 2024 over the previous year. The rate increase was a part of the 2024 cost-of-living adjustment announced by the Social Security Administration. These rates are current, and went into effect on December 1, 2023. You can also find your VA disability pay rate using our 2024 VA disability compensation […]

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2024 VA Disability Pay Dates

Updated: February 23, 2024

The VA typically deposits VA disability pay on the first business day of the month. If the first business day of the month is on holiday or non-business day, the VA pays on the last business day of the prior month. Below are the VA disability pay dates for 2024. Those unsure of their payment […]

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00 Percent Permanent Total Disability Ratings

100% Permanent and Total Disability Ratings Benefits

Updated: February 28, 2024

After the Department of Veterans Affairs evaluates you for a disability claim, you’ll receive a disability rating between zero and 100%. Your rating percentage will determine your disability compensation. Veterans with multiple service-connected health issues will receive individual disability ratings for each issue, and a combined disability rating – up to 100%. According to the […]

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Burn Pits and VA Disability

Updated: February 28, 2024

Editor’s Note: In a June 6, 2022 email to veterans, the VA said it would begin contacting National Guard and reserve service members to schedule their part 2 Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry exam. The VA said active-duty and activated National Guard and reserve service members must reach out to their military treatment […]

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Can a Veteran Legally Work With A 100% Military Disability Rating?

Can I Work With a 100% Military Disability Rating?

Updated: December 24, 2022

Can you work with a 100% military disability rating? What are the implications? The answers may surprise you, in part because of some misconceptions about how the Department of Veterans Affairs applies the term “disability” to its ratings. Quick Answer: A veteran can generally still work while receiving VA disability, but not always. What Is […]

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