2024 VA Service-Connected Disability Rates (2024)

Table of Contents
  1. Will Disabled Veterans Get a VA Pay Increase In 2024?
  2. 2024 VA Disability Pay Charts
    1. Veteran Only
    2. VA Disability Rates: 10% – 20% (No Dependents)
    3. VA Disability Rates: 30% – 60% Without Children
    4. VA Disability Rates: 70% – 100% Without Children
    5. VA Disability Rates: 30% – 60% With Children
    6. VA Disability Rates: 70% – 100% With Children
  3. VA Disability Compensation COLA Raises
  4. About VA Disability Ratings and Compensation
  5. What is a Service Connected Disability?
  6. Requirements For Veterans Disability Pay
  7. Applying for VA Compensation Benefits
  8. Disability Ratings are Awarded on a Case by Case Basis
  9. Calculating Multiple VA Disability Ratings
  10. VA Disability Ratings Are Not Always Permanent
  11. A Change in Your Family Status Can Change Your VA Disability Payment
  12. Receive Your VA Disability Check Faster
  13. Who Should I Contact if I Have Questions About My Disability Rating?

The 2024 Cost of Living Adjustment for VA disability compensation comes in at 3.2%. You will see the pay increase beginning with your January VA disability compensation payment.

The following article explains VA Service-Connected Disability Ratings, discusses how VA disability compensation works and shows 2024 VA Disability Pay Rates and previous rates based on the veteran’s disability rating and the number of dependents.

Will Disabled Veterans Get a VA Pay Increase In 2024?

Yes. The current VA disability compensation rate will increase by 3.2%, in line with the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) raise. The increase is lower than the 8.7% raise veterans received in 2023. See the charts below or use the VA disability pay calculator here.

2024 VA Disability Pay Charts

Veteran Only

The following rates cover only the veteran. We have also displayed the previous two years so you can see how your compensation has changed over time. See the charts below if you have a spouse, child(ren), or parents as dependents.

VA Rating2024 Rates2023 Rates2022 Rates
10%$171.23$165.92$152.64
20%$338.49$327.99$301.74
30%$524.31$508.05$467.39
40%$755.28$731.86$673.28
50%$1,075.16$1,041.82$958.44
60%$1,361.88$1,319.65$1,214.03
70%$1,716.28$1,663.06$1,529.95
80%$1,995.01$1,933.15$1,778.43
90%$2,241.91$2,172.39$1,998.52
100%$3,737.85$3,621.95$3,332.06

Veterans: Are you under 90% rated?

Winning approval for military service-connected injuries and illnesses can be a challenging process. Be confident that you’re getting the compensation that you medically, legally, and ethically qualify for.

Answer a few quick questions to get the most accurate veteran disability rating that your conditions warrant here.

VA Disability Rates: 10% – 20% (No Dependents)

Note:If you have a 10% to 20% disability rating, you won’t receive a higher rate even if you have a dependent spouse, child, or parent.

PercentageRate
10%$171.23
20%$338.49

VA Disability Rates: 30% – 60% Without Children

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$524.31$755.28$1,075.16$1,361.88
Veteran with Spouse Only$586.31$838.28$1,179.16$1,486.88
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$636.31$904.28$1,262.16$1,586.88
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$686.31$970.28$1,345.16$1,686.88
Veteran with One Parent$574.31$821.28$1,158.16$1,461.88
Veteran with Two Parents$624.31$887.28$1,241.16$1,561.88
Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance$57$76$95$114

VA Disability Rates: 70% – 100% Without Children

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,716.28$1,995.01$2,241.91$3,737.85
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,861.28$2,161.01$2,428.91$3,946.25
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent$1,978.28$2,294.01$2,578.91$4,113.51
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$2,095.28$2,427.01$2,728.91$4,280.77
Veteran with One Parent$1,833.28$2,128.01$2,391.91$3,905.11
Veteran with Two Parents$1,950.28$2,261.01$2,541.91$4,072.37
Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance$134$153$172$191.14

VA Disability Rates: 30% – 60% With Children

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Child Only$565.31$810.28$1,144.16$1,444.88
Veteran with Spouse and Child$632.31$899.28$1,255.16$1,577.88
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$682.31$965..28$1,338.16$1,677.88
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$732.31$1,031.28$1,421.16$1,777.88
Veteran with One Parent and Child$615.31$876.28$1,227.16$1,544.88
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$665.31$942.28$1,310.16$1,644.88
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$31$41$51$62
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 in a Qualifying School Program$100$133$167$200
Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance$57$76$95$114

VA Disability Rates: 70% – 100% With Children

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Child Only$1,813.28$2,106.01$2,366.91$3,877.22
Veteran with Spouse and Child$1,968.28$2,283.01$2,565.91$4,098.87
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$2,085.28$2,416.01$2,715.91$4,266.13
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$2,202.28$2,549.01$2,865.91$4,433.39
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,930.28$2,239.01$2,516.91$4,044.48
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$2,047.28$2,372.01$2,666.91$4,211.74
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$72$82$93$103.55
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 in a Qualifying School Program$234$267$301$334.49
Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance$134$153$172$191.14

Do Disabled Veterans Qualify for VA Home Loans?

Disabled veterans who have VA loan entitlement are eligible for a VA home loan. However, all active-duty military and veteran borrowers have multiple requirements to hit in order to fully qualify for a VA home loan, including meeting the service standards and a lender’s specific credit score minimum to residual income and acceptable debt-to-income ratio.

Check if you meet the official VA loan requirements here.

VA Disability Compensation COLA Raises

Note: Increases in VA Service-Connected Disability Rates are tied to the same Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) provided by the Social Security Administration. These are the same rates the government uses for determining the cost of living increases for Social Security recipients, military retirees, and federal civilian retirees.

2014 was the first year the VA included amounts above a flat dollar amount. In previous years, the amount was rounded down to the nearest dollar. This change won’t make a huge difference now, but if the policy remains in place, it will compound over time.

Here are the most recent COLA raises:

YearAnnual Social Security COLA
20243.2%
20238.7%
20225.9%
20211.3%
20201.6%
20192.8%
20182.0%
20170.3%
20160.0%
20151.7%
20141.5%
20131.7%
20123.6%
20110.0%
20100.0%

About VA Disability Ratings and Compensation

If you were injured or became seriously ill while serving in the military, you may be eligible for certain veterans’ benefits, including VA disability compensation. The VA pays this benefit to certain military veterans who became ill or injured while serving on active duty.

Certain veterans may also be eligible for VA health care benefits.

What is a Service Connected Disability?

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Disability Compensation is:

a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.

Department of Veterans Affairs.

If you have a service-connected disability, you may be eligible to receive a monthly compensation payment. You may also be eligible to receive additional compensation if you have a service-connected rating of 30% or higher and have dependents, if you have missing limbs or if your spouse is living with a severe disability.

Requirements For Veterans Disability Pay

To be eligible for VA disability benefits or compensation, you must:

  • Have served on active duty, active duty for training or inactive duty training and have a current illness or injury that affects your mind or body.

Additionally, at least one of the following situations must be true:

  • You got sick or injured while serving in the military and can link this condition to your illness or injury (called an inservice disability claim)
  • You had an illness or injury before you joined the military—and serving made it worse (called a preservice disability claim)
  • You have a disability related to your active-duty service that didn’t appear until after you separated from the military (called a post-service disability claim)
  • You have one of the VA’s “presumed disabilities:”
    • Chronic (long-lasting) illness that appeared within one year of your discharge
    • Illness caused by contact with contaminants (toxic chemicals) or other hazardous materials
    • Illness caused by time spent as a prisoner of war (POW)

When deciding on a disability claim, the VA considers the above eligibility requirements, as well as how your condition affects your daily life, activities and employability.

Applying for VA Compensation Benefits

When applying for VA benefits, you must file a claim. Make sure to supply as much supporting information as possible, including how the injury or illness occurred, any medical treatment you received, current health status, and how your life has been affected by the injury or illness.

You will need to fill out VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension, or apply online using VONAPP. Be sure to provide a copy of your DD Form 214.

Disability Ratings are Awarded on a Case by Case Basis

To rate a disability claim, the VA first tries to determine whether or not you sustained your illness or injury in military service. Then, they assign a rating for each illness or injury.

If the VA determines your injury or illness isn’t related to your military service or didn’t happen while you were in the military, they will deny your claim. If the VA approves your claim, they will assign it a rating between 0% – 100%.

A 0% rating shows there is an illness or injury that is connected to your military service, but it doesn’t warrant compensation at this time. It is still good to get a 0% rating compared to no service-connected link because if the condition worsens at a later date, you can apply to have your disability rating upgraded.

Veterans: Are you under 90% rated?

Winning approval for military service-connected injuries and illnesses can be a challenging process. Be confident that you’re getting the compensation that you medically, legally, and ethically qualify for.

Answer a few quick questions to get the most accurate veteran disability rating that your conditions warrant here.

Calculating Multiple VA Disability Ratings

The VA uses a special method for calculating multiple disabilities.

Here is a simplified example:

Example: If you have a 30% disability rating, the VA would multiply that against100%, which is assumed to be good health. This gives you 30%. Subtract that from 100% which leaves you with 70% (consider this your new starting point for your health rating). Thensubtract 70%from 100% and you are left with 30%. If that is your only disability, then your final VA Service-Connected Disability Rating is 30%.

If you have multiple ratings, you continue with the process, using your final number each time as your starting point. Continuing with our example, if your next rating is 10%, you would multiply 10% against 70%, which is 7%. You subtract that from 70%, which leaves you with 63%. Subtract 63% from 100% and you get 37%. Your disability rating is 37%, which rounds up to 40%.

It can get complicated quickly, so I have an in-depth article and podcast that explains how the VA calculates combined disability ratings. I highly recommend reading and/or listening to get a good idea of how the process works!

VA Disability Ratings Are Not Always Permanent

Many disability ratings are temporary. The VA retains the right to reexamine your disability rating at any time. If they wish to reexamine you, you will receive a Notice of Reexamination letter in the mail which will include a scheduled appointment date.

Make sure you attend this appointment or reschedule, as the VA can reduce or terminate your benefits rating if you fail to attend this scheduled appointment. After the VA reexamines your condition(s), it will make a recommendation to increase, decrease, or leave your benefit at its current rating.

There are times when your ratings may be protected, based on the type of disability, how long you have held the rating, your age or other factors.

Here’s more information on VA disability reexaminations and benefits reductions.

A Change in Your Family Status Can Change Your VA Disability Payment

Remember to contact the VA whenever you have a change in family status as your rates may change as well.

If you have a 30% disability rating or higher and you are also supporting qualified dependents such as a spouse, child, or parent, you may be eligible to receive a higher VA disability payment.

If your disability rating is 20% or lower, changes in your family status should not affect your VA disability payment rates.

The VA will not know when there is a change in your family status, so you will need to inform them immediately when something changes, like a birth, wedding, a parent moving in with you, divorce, a child coming of age, or the death of a qualified dependent.

Inform the VA of a change as soon as possible.

The VA will sometimes backdate payments to make up for any shortfalls, like if you had to wait for your child to receive a social security number to report a new dependent.

In the case of the loss of an eligible dependent, your payment may decrease. The VA can recoup overpayments if you failed to notify the VA of a change in family status in a timely manner.

Receive Your VA Disability Check Faster

When you file your disability claim, be sure to give the VA the routing number to your bank so you can enroll in direct deposits. This is faster and more secure – and a requirement as of March 1, 2013. I recommend using a high yield savings account so you can earn more money through interest.

Call or visit your regional VA medical center with specific questions related to VA benefits.

There are many organizations that specialize in helping veterans with their benefits and claims.

The first place to start is with the VA. VA representatives have access to your records and are the best source for up-to-date information.

However, the VA isn’t always the best place to get assistance with your claim, especially if you are filing an appeal after the VA denied your claim. In that case, I recommendcontacting a veteran benefits counselor at your county VA office, or an organization such as the DAV, AMVETS, VFW, American Legion, or a similar Veteran Service Organization.

You can also use the Physical Evaluation Board Forum to anonymously ask questions about VA disabilities, ratings and the military medical board process.

If that doesn’t work, consider hiring a lawyer who specializes in VA disability claims. I don’t have any specific recommendations for lawyers, so please do your research before hiring a law office to represent you. At the minimum, you will want to ensure they specialize in military law, VA disability claims, social security disability claims, or similar types of law. As with all legal agreements, also make sure you understand the compensation structure.

Please note that while I have a solid understanding of how the VA disability system works, I am unable to answer specific questions regarding one’s VA disability claims or specific medical conditions. These questions should be addressed by the VA, your medical professionals, or a veterans benefits counselor.

Thank you for understanding, and thank you for your service!

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2024 VA Service-Connected Disability Rates (2024)

FAQs

What will the 2024 VA disability rate be? ›

2024 VA DISABILITY RATES WITHOUT CHILDREN
Veteran AloneVeteran with Spouse
100%$3,737.85$3,946.25
90%$2,241.91$2,428.91
80%$1,995.01$2,161.01
70%$1,716.28$1,861.28
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How much will VA disability increase in 2025? ›

If your are wondering if it will increase for the next period, the answer is yes. The current 2025 Cost Of Living Adjustment increase estimate is a 3.0% and in case you forgot, it will come in effect come December 1, 2024, payable beginning January 1, 2025.

How much is the VA DIC for 2024? ›

How Much Is DIC? The basic monthly tax-free DIC benefit will increase from $1,562.74 for 2023 to $1,612.75 for 2024, with additional amounts also seeing the 3.2% increase.

What is the new VA proposal for 2024? ›

The 2024 mandatory funding request is $182.3 billion, an increase of $13.6 billion or 8.1% above 2023. 2024 mandatory funding includes $160.0 billion in traditional benefits to Veterans, plus $1.9 billion for construction and $20.3 billion for the Cost of War Toxic Exposures Fund (TEF).

When my husband dies, will I get his VA disability? ›

Unfortunately, your spouse cannot receive your VA disability compensation after you die. However, they may get a monthly allowance if they qualify for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation. If you lived in government housing, VA might also allow them to stay in residence for up to a year.

What are the SMC rates for 2024? ›

2024 Special Monthly Compensation Pay Chart
SMC CategoryLM ½
Veteran & 2 Parents$4,985.58$5,820.13
Veteran, Spouse, & 1 Child$5,012.08$5,846.63
Veteran, Spouse, & 1 Parent$5,026.72$5,861.27
Veteran, 2 Parents, & 1 Child$5,124.95$5,959.50
8 more rows
Mar 19, 2024

What is the 8 year rule for DIC? ›

Under the flat rate plan, an additional allowance is payable for those veterans rated totally disabled due to service connected condition(s) for 8 or more years at the time of their death with the surviving spouse having been married to the veteran for 8 or more years immediately preceding the death.

How much does the widow of a 100% disabled veteran receive? ›

Benefits for the Surviving Spouse of a 100% Disabled Veteran

If your spouse dies with a 100% disability rating, you may be entitled to Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). For 2024, the base rate of compensation for a surviving spouse is $1,612.75/month.

What is the 8 year rule? ›

What is the 8 Year Rule for DIC Benefits? If the veteran was rated as “totally disabled” for 8 continuous years immediately before their death, and the spouse was married to the veteran for those same 8 years, the spouse may be eligible for additional DIC benefits.

What is the 2024 veterans check? ›

The VA administration has been delivering a variety of benefits to eligible ex-military, ex-navy or ex-air force personnel. However $3737 Stimulus Checks 2024 are primarily intended for those beneficiaries that are suffering due a disability they gained during their service years while being deployed.

What is the new VA Pact Act 2024? ›

Accelerating health care eligibility for veterans: As of March 2024, VA opened up eligibility for toxic exposed veterans to enroll in VA Health Care without first having to prove a service-connected disability and regardless of their deployment location, nearly ten years earlier than called for in the PACT Act.

What is the 5 year rule for VA disability? ›

The VA 5-year rule protects your disability claim by not allowing the VA to reduce your disability rating unless your condition has significantly improved over time. This rule pertains to a rating that has been in effect for five years or longer. After a five-year period, the rating is considered a stabilized rating.

What is the VA payment schedule for 2024? ›

VA Pay Schedule 2024
MonthPay Date
SeptemberOctober 1, Tuesday
OctoberNovember 1, Friday
NovemberNovember 29, Friday
DecemberDecember 31, Tuesday
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How much is the VA homebound pay in 2024? ›

Eligible veterans can get an extra $446.00 per month with VA housebound benefits via SMC(s). For example, in 2024, a housebound veteran at the single rate (no dependents) gets $4,183.85 per month whereas a 100% disabled veteran without housebound status gets $3,737.85 per month.

What is the 70-40 rule for VA disability? ›

To be eligible for schedular TDIU benefits, a veteran must have either: a single service-connected condition with a rating of at least 60 percent; or. (the 70/40 rule) at least two service-connected conditions with a combined rating of at least 70 percent, with at least one of the conditions rated 40 percent or higher.

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