2022 VA Disability Rates

Updated: March 30, 2022

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    2022 VA Disability Rates saw a 5.9% cost-of-living increase based on the Social Security Administration’s 2022 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). Congress passed legislation in early October to increase veterans’ disability compensation and other benefits in tandem with the Social Security COLA.

    The VA makes annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) to VA disability benefits to ensure inflation does not erode VA benefits’ purchasing power.

    For a 50% disabled veteran with a spouse and one child who currently receives $1099.83 per month, this amounts to about $64.89 more per month in 2022.

    Use the charts or the historical VA combined disability calculator below to find your monthly or annual disability payments.

    VA Disability payments are monthly. Find the next VA disability payment date.

    Learn more about the 2022 VA disability rate increase on the 2022-2023 COLA Watch page.

    2022 VA Disability Rates Charts – Effective 12/1/2021

    Basic Rates – 10% – 100% Combined Degree Only

    10% – 20% (No Dependents)
    PercentageRate
    10%$152.64
    20%$301.74
    30% – 60% Without Children
    Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
    Veteran alone$467.39$673.28$958.44$1,214.03
    Veteran with spouse only$522.46$747.41$1050.57$1,325.22
    Veteran with spouse & one parent$563.76$801.42$1,124.70$1,414.18
    Veteran with spouse and two parents$611.45$866.02$1,198.83$1,503.13
    Veteran with one parent$511.87$732.58$1032.57$1,302.98
    Veteran with two parents$556.35$791.89$1,106.70$1,391.94
    Additional for spouse receiving Aid and Attendance$51.00$68.00$86.00$102.00
    70% – 100% Without Children
    Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
    Veteran alone$1,529.95$1,778.43$1,998.52$3,332.06
    Veteran with spouse only$1,659.15$1,926.69$2,164.70$3,517.84
    Veteran with spouse and one parent$1,762.92$2,045.30$2,298.22$3,666.94
    Veteran with spouse and two parents$1,866.71$2,164.01$2,431.65$3,816.03
    Veteran with one parent$1,633.73$1,897.04$2,131.96$3,436.48
    Veteran with two parents$1737.51$2,015.65$2,265.39$3,630.25
    Additional for spouse receiving Aid and Attendance$120.00$137.00$154.00$170.00

    2022 VA Disability Rates with Dependents

    30% – 60% With Children
    Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
    Veteran with one child only (no spouse or parents)$504.45$721.99$1019.86$1,288.16
    With one child and spouse (no parents)$563.76$801.42$1118.35$1,406.77
    With one child, spouse and one parent$608.24$860.72$1192.48$1,495.72
    With one child, spouse, and two parents$652.71$920.03$1,266.61$1,584.68
    With 1 child and 1 parent (no spouse)$548.93$781.30$1,093.99$1,377.11
    With 1 child and 2 parents (no spouse)$593.41$840.60$1,168.12$1,466.07
    Each additional child under age 18$28.00$36.00$46.00$55.00
    Each additional child over 18 in a qualifying school program$89.00$119.00$148.00$178.00
    Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance$51.00$68.00$86.00$102.00
    70% – 100% With Children
    Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
    Veteran with one child only (no spouse or parents)$1,616.79$1,876.92$2,109.72$3,456.30
    With one child and spouse (no parents)$1,754.46$2,035.77$2,287.63$3,653.89
    With 1 child, spouse and 1 parent$1,858.24$2,154.38$2,421.06$3,802.99
    With 1 child, spouse, and 2 parents$1,962.02$2,272.98$2,554.50$3,952.08
    With 1 child and 1 parent(no spouse)$1,720.57$1,995.53$2,243.15$3,605.40
    With 1 child and 2 parents (no spouse)$1,824.35$2114.13$2,376.59$3,754.49
    Each additional child under age 18$65.00$73.00$83.00$92.00
    Add. child over 18 in a qualifying school program$209.00$238.00$269.00$298.00
    Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance$120.00$137.00$154.00$170.00

    Past VA Disability Rates

    View Veterans disability compensation rates for past years.

     

    2022 VA Combined Disability Calculator

    Select Combined Disability Rating

    This calculator is intended to look up compensation if Combined Disability Rating is already known. Please refer to your VA disability compensation award letter for your official rating.

     
    Marital Status
    Does Your Spouse Need Aid and Attendance (A/A)?
    Payment Amount
    Combined Disability Pay $0.00 $0.00
    Dependent Children Under 18 $0.00 $0.00
    Dependent Children Between 18-24 $0.00 $0.00
    Total Compensation $0.00 $0.00

    About VA Disability Compensation

    According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA disability pay is a monthly tax-free monetary benefit for veterans who have service-connected disabilities that limit their participation in work or daily activities.

    Veterans who have post-service disabilities related to an injury that occurred during service may also be eligible for disability benefits.

    Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA) determine VA disability rate increases.

    2022 VA disability rate increase calculations compare the average of the July, August and September 2021  COLA with the 2020 third-quarter average.

    See our COLA increase watch for more information on how 2023 VA disability rates will be determined.

    How VA Disability Ratings and VA Disability Compensation Work

    Military members and veterans who became injured or ill in the line of duty, or experience other service-connected physical or mental health conditions, may be eligible for VA veterans’ benefits.

    But, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not award compensation automatically. The VA will review your health, medical records, medical history and other factors during the claims process.

    You can schedule your first claims appointment when you out-process from the military, or you can schedule an appointment after you leave the service. However, sooner is better than later.

    You may also be eligible to sign up for VA healthcare and a Veterans Health Identification Card.

    VA compensation for service-connected medical issues is not necessarily tied to VA healthcare benefits. If you have a VA-rated disability, consider ask your VA case worker what options are available to you.

    Service-Connected Disability Explained

    The Department of Veterans Affairs official site describes VA Disability Compensation as a benefit paid to qualifying veterans who have “disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service.”

    VA rules also allow for compensation 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.”

    Veterans can apply for compensation even when medical issues arise after retirement or separation from the military.

    The VA’s rating for your condition will determine your benefits. Some medical conditions, like tinnitus or other hearing-related issues, may only warrant a 10% rating. Other conditions may receive a higher rating.

    By design, the VA ratings should offset lost compensation and work time due to injury exacerbations or illnesses. Veterans and service members with dependents may receive additional consideration for higher VA disability payments.

    But, keep in mind:  if you receive a VA disability rating of 30% or higher, changes to your family status may result in changes to your benefit payments. Notify the Department of Veterans Affairs in such cases. Changes to your claim or payments of the claim are never automatic; the VA will recoup overpayments.

    What to Do When Applying for VA Compensation For Service-Connected Conditions

    Try to apply for VA compensation before your final out-processing appointment, if possible.

    In any case, service members and veterans must supply copies (not originals) of discharge paperwork, including a DD-214, medical records, supporting documentation for the medical claim and a completed VA Form 21-526.

    You may need supporting evidence that shows how your condition affects your ability to work, socialize or pursue hobbies – or how your condition has worsened over time, depending on your claim. Medical records and personal statements from family and co-workers who have witnessed your condition’s impact on your daily life can help your case.

    VA Disability Ratings are Subject to Review and Not Always Permanent

    The Department of Veterans Affairs may revisit your rating to see if your condition has improved or worsened over time.

    You may receive a letter from the VA instructing you to participate in a re-examination, or you can ask the VA to review your claim again if your condition worsens.

    Do not skip any re-examination appointments.

    Getting Help With Filing and Tracking VA Disability Claims

    You do not have to apply for VA medical benefits or compensation alone. Agencies called Veterans Service Organizations (or VSOs) are authorized to act on your behalf to file with the government.

    Getting the right help is especially important if you fear your medical claims may be denied or are trying to appeal a denied claim.

    Such organizations include AMVETS, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), DAV and more. The VA website has a list of accredited Veteran Service Organizations you can use to find help with your claim.

    Your state government may also be able to help you.  Check with your state’s veteran department to see what services it offers.

    How to File a VA disability claim

    1. Gather any evidence (VA or private medical records, supporting statements etc.) you plan to submit with your VA disability claim.
    2. File your claim online, by mail or in person at a VA regional office near you.
    3. Be sure your claim forms are completely filled out and attach all your supporting documents. This will help the VA process your claim quickly.

    If you are not ready to file a VA Claim, submit your “Intent to File.”  An “Intent to File” can buy some time to navigate the claims process and help you get back-pay compensation once your claim is approved.

    Historical VA Disability Rate Increases

    VA Disability %Effective DateVA Disability %Effective Date
    5.9%Dec. 1, 20212.90%Dec. 1, 1996
    1.30%Dec. 1, 20202.60%Dec. 1, 1995
    1.60%1Dec. 1, 20192.80%Dec. 1, 1994
    2.80%Dec. 1, 20182.60%Dec. 1, 1993
    2.00%Dec. 1, 20173.00%Dec. 1, 1992
    0.30%Dec. 1, 20163.70%Dec. 1, 1991
    0.00%Dec. 1, 20155.40%Dec. 1, 1990
    1.70%Dec. 1, 20144.70%Dec. 1, 1989
    1.50%Dec. 1, 20134.00%Dec. 1, 1988
    1.70%Dec. 1, 20124.20%Dec. 1, 1987
    3.60%Dec. 1, 20111.30%Dec. 1, 1986
    0.00%Dec. 1, 20103.10%Dec. 1, 1985
    0.00%Dec. 1, 20093.50%Dec. 1, 1984
    5.80%Dec. 1, 20083.50%Dec. 1, 1983
    2.30%Dec. 1, 20077.40%Oct. 1, 1982
    3.30%1Dec. 1, 200611.20%June 1, 1981
    4.10%Dec. 1, 200514.30%June 1, 1981
    2.70%Dec. 1, 20049.90%June 1, 1979
    2.10%Dec. 1, 20036.50%Jan. 1, 1979
    1.40%Dec. 1, 20025.90%Oct. 1, 1978
    2.60%Dec. 1, 20016.40%Oct. 1, 1977
    3.50%Dec. 1, 20008.00%Oct. 1, 1976
    2.50%Dec. 1, 199913.90%Aug. 1, 1975
    1.30%Dec. 1, 19986.30%May 1, 1974
    2.10%Dec. 1, 1997

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