Nutritional Deficiencies Overview
The VA awards disability compensation for each Nutritional Deficiency that is service-connected. The DoD will also rate service-connected Nutritional Deficiencies as long as they also make the service member Unfit for Duty. For Reservists, the Nutritional Deficiency must have occurred in or resulted from an injury in the Line of Duty to qualify.
Nutritional Deficiencies occur when the body does not receive enough nutrients to properly function. Nutritional Deficiencies are fairly rare due to our plentiful diets. However, Nutritional Deficiencies can often occur as the result of a disease or condition that affects the bodies’ ability to absorb or use the nutrients.
The VASRD offers rating options for Nutritional Deficiencies based on the type of deficiency and the resulting symptoms.
To honor the Pyramiding Principle, only a single rating can be given for multiple Nutritional Deficiencies unless it is possible to distinctly separate the symptoms. In most cases, the VA will rate multiple Nutritional Deficiencies using all of the symptoms combined together, and choose the single code they feel best defines the dominant disability. (see The Nutritional Deficiency Ratings page for details).
Ratings for Nutritional Deficiencies
The VASRD offers ratings for the following Nutritional Deficiencies:
If a Nutritional Deficiency is not directly listed, it is rated under the code that best describes it or its dominant symptoms. See the Nutritional Deficiency Ratings page.