VA Disability Chart


How the VA Disability Chart Works
The VA Disability Chart

Below is the current VA Disability Chart that shows exactly how much you should receive for your VA Disability Rating. This VA Disability Chart shows the rates that went into effect on December 1, 2016.

Note: This VA Disability Chart is ONLY for VA Disability: DoD Disability rates are calculated differently.


How the VA Disability Chart Works

There are number of things you need to understand before you use the VA Disability Chart.

First, every amount you see in the VA Disability Chart is what the VA pays monthly for disability.

These amounts of money are NOT taxable! Woohoo!

Second, the percentages across the top of the VA Disability Chart are the Total Combined VA Disability Rating that you get after combining the ratings for each of your conditions using VA Math. You don't get separate compensation for each of your conditions: just one payment for your Total Combined VA Disability Rating.

Next, in the VA Disability Chart, you’ll notice that there are a couple factors that can increase the total amount you receive: Children, a Spouse, and Parents. For you to qualify for any of these increases, these people MUST be your legal dependents. Just because your father is alive and well doesn’t mean you can use him to increase your disability pay. He must be living with you and/or completely dependent on your income. The same must go for your spouse. If he/she is dependent on your income, he/she can be figured into your compensation. Basically, if you claim children, parents, or a spouse on your taxes as dependents, they can be used in the VA Disability Chart to increase the amount of your VA Disability.

The rules for Children get a bit complicated. The VA Disability Chart includes only 1 child, but if you have more, you just add a certain amount for each additional child. There are two categories: children under 18, and children 18–23. For children 18–23 to count, they must be single and in school. When calculating in additional children, kids under 18 get one rate, and kids over 18 get another, so the distinction between categories is important.

All the children that are already figured in to some of the ratings (You, 1 Parent & 1 Child, etc.) are under 18. So, if you have only 1 child, but he is over 18, you would take the rate that you would receive without him and then just add the amount for a child 18–23. For example, Billy has only 1 child, age 22, in school. There are no other dependents. He was given a rating of 30%. He would first find the amount he would receive without his child: $408.97. He would then add the amount for an 18–23 child ($78.00): $408.97 + $78.00 = $486.97. Basically, if there are no children under age 18, find the rate without the children, and then add them separately. If there is at least 1 child under 18, find the rate with the child, and then add any additional children separately.

There is also a special circumstance for Spouses. If your spouse needs Aid and Attendance, then your rate can be increased. A person needs Aid and Attendance if they have a medical condition that requires regular (not necessarily constant) supervision by another person (i.e. you, a home nurse, family). They would need help dressing, using the bathroom, feeding themselves, etc. If the spouse is hospitalized or institutionalized, they do not qualify for Aid and Attendance.

If your spouse qualifies for Aid and Attendance, then just add the additional amount to your rate. For example, Betty has a disability rating of 40% and has only one dependent, her husband Bert who needs Aid and Attendance. To figure out her disability amount, she would first find the amount she would receive with a spouse: $654.12. She would then add the amount for Aid and Attendance: $59.00. Her final amount would be $713.12 ($654.12 + $59.00 = $713.12).

Fourth, you’ll notice in the VA Disability Chart that for a 10% and 20% rating, the number and type of dependents do not affect the amount you receive. It’s just one monthly payment, no matter your situation.

Finally, a 0% rating does not get anything, sorry.

The VA Disability Chart

Total Combined Rating →
Situation ↓











Just You











You & 1 Child









You & 1 Parent









You & Spouse









You, 1 Parent & 1 Child









You & 2 Parents









You, Spouse, & 1 Child









You, Spouse, & 1 Parent









You, 2 Parents, & 1 Child









You, Spouse, 1 Parent & 1 Child









You, Spouse, & 2 Parents









You, Spouse, 2 Parents, & 1 Child









Additional Children under 18









Children 18–23









Aid and Attendance Spouse










The rates in the VA Disability Chart are updated every few years or so by Congress.

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