Disabled Veterans

 

Topics:
VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans
DoD Benefits for Disabled Veterans
Receiving Both DoD and VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans
Increasing Disability Benefits for Disabled Veterans

 

A disabled american veteran receives military disabilityDisabled Veterans are veterans who have at leat one service-connected medical condition.

Disabled Veterans are entitled to both VA Disability and DoD Disability, but to qualify for DoD Disability, a Disabled Veteran's service-connected condition must also make him Unfit for Duty. The VA, however, will give VA Disability Benefits for every service-connected condition Disabled Veterans have.

Both the VA and the DoD assign Military Disability Ratings to all of the Disabled Veteran’s conditions that qualify for disability. These ratings determine the exact type and amount of Military Disability Benefits the Disabled Veteran receives.

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VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans

The monetary amount of the monthly VA Disability Benefits that are given to Disabled Veterans is the same across the board for everyone, but does change if the veteran has dependents, is married, etc. Our VA Disability Chart outlines all the current VA Disability Rates.  

The VA also gives Special Monthly Compensation to seriously disabled veterans who qualify.

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DoD Benefits for Disabled Veterans

The exact type and amount of benefits Disabled Veterans receive for DoD Disability depends on whether the Disabled Veterans are medically separated or medically retired.  

If Disabled Veterans are given a Total Combined Military Disability Rating of 0%, 10%, or 20% from the DoD, it constitutes being medically separated.

If Disabled Veterans are given a Total Combined Military Disability Rating of 30% or higher, then they are medically retired.

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Receiving Both DoD and VA Benefits for Disabled Veterans

Disabled Veterans cannot receive monetary benefits from both the DoD and the VA. Instead, whatever money they receive from the VA will decrease the amount of the money they receive from the DoD (this includes both disability and retirement pay).

Here is how it works: If Barney was receiving $1,000/month from the DoD and then the VA started giving him $400/month, the DoD would decrease their payments to $600 (1,000 - 400 = 600).

While it may not seem quite fair, there is a definite benefit for Disabled Veterans: VA money is not taxable, while DoD money is. So, taxable money is being replaced by non-taxable.     

There are two programs, however, that counteract this principle. If Disabled Veterans qualify for Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) or Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC), they can receive compensation from both the DoD and the VA.

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Increasing Disability Benefits for Disabled Veterans

Disabled Veterans can increase their Military Disability Benefits if they can provide enough evidence to prove that their Military Disability Ratings should be increased.

This website is specifically designed to enable this process. Once they fully understand the DoD Disability Process and the VA Disability Process, Disabled Veterans can take control of their disability by Finding Their Conditions on our site to discover the exact information that Rating Authorities need to rate the conditions. With all this information, Disabled Veterans should then be able to compile all the evidence needed to submit an appeal to have their ratings increased.

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