The Scars Overview
The VA awards disability compensation for each Scar condition that is service-connected. The DoD will also rate service-connected Scar conditions as long as they also make the service member Unfit for Duty. For Reservists, the Scar condition must have occurred in or resulted from an injury in the Line of Duty to qualify.
Scars can occur anywhere on the outside of the body and cause various levels of disability depending on their size and severity. Internal scars are not rated using the Scars rating system. Instead, they are rated on how they affect the functioning of the affected internal organs.
Applying the Pyramiding Principle to Scar conditions is tricky. A single scar affecting a small area presents with a very different disability than a single scar covering the majority of the body, and multiple scars in the same area would cause symptoms that are impossible to separate for rating purposes.
Because of this, the VASRD offers specific instructions with each scar code on whether or not multiple ratings can be given or not. In general, the VASRD breaks the body down into areas, and each area can receive a single Scar rating. All scars in that area are combined and rated together as one. See the Scar Ratings page for specific details and exceptions.
Skin conditions and scars caused by those conditions cannot be rated separately unless specifically noted (see The Skin Condition Ratings page).
The VASRD offers ratings for the following Scar conditions:
All Scars fit into one or more of these categories. Read the codes carefully to ensure that each scar is rated appropriately (see the Scars Ratings page).