100% Disabled Veteran Benefits


100% Disabled Veteran Benefits for Active Diseases
% Disabled Veteran Benefits from the VA
100% Disabled Veteran Benefits
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Receiving 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits from the DoD and the VA

100% is the highest Military Disability Rating possible and thus provides the highest Military Disability Benefits to Disabled Veterans.

A couple qualifies for 100% disabled veteran benefits

The DoD and the VA will only give 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits for service-connected conditions. The DoD takes this a step further and only gives 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits for service-connected conditions that also make a service member Unfit for Duty.
100% Disabled Veteran Benefits entitles the veteran to the maximum amount of compensation given for all VA Disability and DoD Disability.  

These benefits are usually given in cases where the veteran is entirely unable to work and mostly unable care for themselves, including bathing and dressing. 

The most common instances where 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits are given are active severe diseases, like cancer, or amputation or paralysis of two or more limbs.

Find Your Condition on this site to see if it qualifies for 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits.   

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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. In these cases, the benefits are only applicable WHILE the disease is in progress. If a disease qualifies for these benefits, it will be clearly stated in the discussion of that condition on this site.   

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DoD will put all service members with cases of active diseases that are not terminal on TDRL until their diseases are no longer active.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 rate the condition 100% while it remains active. Similarly, the VA will give a veteran a 100% rating anytime they are hospitalized for a service-connected condition.

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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 is given a 100% rating but fluctuates if they have children or other dependents. Our VA Disability Chart notes the current amounts given.

In addition to this standard compensation, many veterans who have 100% ratings are also eligible to receive Special Monthly Compensation from the VA. 

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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 their life.

Since the veteran has a 100% Military Disability 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.

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Receiving 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits from the DoD and the VA

Veterans cannot receive monetary 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits from both the DoD and the VA. This means that the amount of VA Disability a veteran receives will decrease the amount of DoD Disability they receive

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% ratings will still be able to receive full medical care from the DoD.

The only way to get around this rule is if you qualify for Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) or Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC). 

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What are 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits?

A 100% Rating is the highest combined rating a veteran can receive for VA Disability or DoD Disability. It is also known as a Total Rating and entitles the veteran to complete disability benefits from either the VA or the DoD.

Do I qualify for a 100% Rating?

In order to qualify for a 100% rating, your individual service-connected condition ratings must combine using VA Math to equal 100%. For VA Disability, a 100% rating can also be given if you qualify for hospitalization ratings, convalescent ratings, or Individual Unemployability.

What benefits will I receive for a 100% Rating?

For a 100% rating, the VA awards a monthly payment and full medical coverage for all of your service-connected conditions. From the DoD, you'll be entitled to full medical retirement benefits.

Is a 100% rating permanent?

For the DoD, yes a 100% rating is permanent and will not change once the veteran is on permanently retired. For the VA, no a 100% rating is not necessarily permanent. All 100% ratings are not considered permanent unless it is medically unlikely for the condition to ever improve. In these cases, the VA will declare the condition Permanent and Total (P&T). The VA also awards temporary total ratings for veterans whose conditions need additional support for a limited time, like for a 3-month convalescent period after surgery.

Do I have to apply for a total rating?

A 100% rating is awarded through the standard claim process for both VA and DoD. If you are awarded less than 100%, but qualify, you can submit an appeal. For the VA, if your conditions worsen over time to qualify you for a total rating or if you qualify for hospital or convalescent ratings, you can submit a new claim for an increased evaluation. You do have to apply separately for Individual Unemployability.

I qualify for a 100% rating. How much money will I receive monthly?

For the DoD, you can calculate your monthly payment using the equation for medical retirement. For the VA, the exact amount you will receive monthly depends on whether you have dependents and whether you qualify for additional Special Monthly Compensation. See our VA Rating Chart and Special Monthly Compensation page for details on the current rates.

What do I do if I qualify for a Total Rating but was denied?

You can appeal to have your claim reconsidered. Make sure you submit sufficient evidence to refute the reason for denial.

I am rated 100%. Will I still have to go in for VA exams in the future?

Yes, the VA will continue to require periodic exams to track the progress of your conditions unless they declare your conditions Permanent and Total (P&T).

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