The Blood Overview
The VA awards disability compensation for each Blood condition that is service-connected. The DoD will also rate service-connected Blood conditions as long as they also make the service member Unfit for Duty. For Reservists, the condition must have occurred in or resulted from an injury in the Line of Duty to qualify.
The Blood is responsible for carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout the entire body while removing waste. If the Blood malfunctions, then the body could be deprived of necessary nutrients or wastes could build up. The Spleen is the organ responsible for filtering the waste from the Blood, and the Lymph Nodes plays a vital role in helping the blood fight infection (and more). Thus, ratings for both the Spleen and Lymph Nodes are included in the Blood codes.
Because the composition and purpose of the Blood is fairly complex, the VASRD offers rating options for Blood conditions that cover a wide range of complications.
To honor the Pyramiding Principle, only a single rating can be given for multiple Blood conditions unless it is possible to clearly and definitively separate the symptoms of multiple conditions. In most cases, Blood conditions will be rated using all of the symptoms combined together, and the VA will choose the single code they feel best covers the overall Blood disability (see The Blood Ratings page).
Blood Condition Ratings
The VASRD offers ratings for the following conditions of the Blood:
- Blood Cell Conditions
- Platelet Conditions
- Conditions of the Spleen
- Tuberculosis of the Lymph Nodes
- Cancer of the Blood and Lymph Nodes
- Primary amyloidosis
If a Blood condition is not directly listed, it is rated under the code that best describes it or its dominant symptoms.