100% Disabled Veteran Benefits
100% Benefits for Active Diseases
100% Benefits from the VA
100% Benefits from the DoD
Receiving 100% Benefits from the DoD and the VA
100% Disabled Veteran Benefits are given to veterans with severe disabilities. 100% is the highest Military Disability Rating possible and thus provides the highest Military Disability Benefits to Disabled Veterans.
The DoD and the VA will only give disability benefits for service-connected conditions. The DoD takes this a step further and only gives these benefits for service-connected conditions that also make a service member Unfit for Duty.
They are only given in cases where the veteran is entirely unable to work and mostly unable care for himself, including bathing and dressing.
The most common instances where 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits are given are cases where there is amputation or paralysis of two or more limbs.
Find Your Condition on this site to see if your it qualifies for 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits.
100% Disabled Veteran Benefits for Active Diseases
100% Disabled Veteran Benefits are always given if a veteran has an active case of a disease like cancer or tuberculosis.
The DoD will only give 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits for active diseases when a service member is on the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL) or when a service member’s disease is terminal. A service member is put on TDRL when a condition is expected to improve, so the DoD will put all service members with cases of active diseases that are not terminal on TDRL until their diseases are no longer active.
Since the VA will rate a veteran’s condition as it changes over time, the VA will give 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits any time a veteran’s disease is active, and stop giving them whenever it is inactive. If it becomes active again at any time in the future, then the VA will again give a 100% rating while it remains active. Similarly, the VA will give a veteran these benefits anytime he is hospitalized for a service-connected condition.
100% Disabled Veteran Benefits from the VA
All veterans who qualify to receive 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits from the VA will receive full medical care for their conditions and a monthly monetary payment.
This payment is the same amount for every veteran who qualifies to receive 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits and can fluctuate if they have children or other dependents. Our VA Disability Chart notes the current amounts given for 100% ratings every month.
In addition to this standard compensation, many veterans who qualify for 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits are also eligible to receive Special Monthly Compensation from the VA.
100% Disabled Veteran Benefits from the DoD
For 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits, the DoD gives the veteran full medical care and a monthly payment for the rest of his life.
Since the veteran has a 100% rating, the amount of this payment is equal to the full amount allowed by regular retirements. To determine the exact payment amount, follow the formula detailed in DoD Disability for Medical Retirements.
Receiving 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits from the DoD and the VA
Let’s simplify. Basically, if the DoD is giving $700/month and the VA begins giving $400/month, then the DoD will decrease its amount to $300/month (700 – 400 = 300).
This may seem cruel and unusual, but the good thing about this is that the money from the VA is not taxable, while the DoD’s is.
This does not apply to medical care. All veterans who qualify for 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits will still be able to receive full medical care from the DoD.