How Do You Calculate VA Disability Compensation?


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The Veterans Affairs website includes a current benefits rate chart that provides rates for each combination of disability percentage and number and type of dependents. According to the website, disability compensation depends on the percentage of disability and number of dependents.

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  1. Go to the Veterans Affairs website

    Perform a Web search for Veterans Affairs, or go directly to benefits.va.gov.

  2. Locate the veterans compensation benefits rate tables

    Conduct a search on the Veterans Affairs website for the current compensation benefits rate tables. Alternately, skip step 1, do a Web search for "VA compensation benefits rate tables," and follow the link to the Veterans Affairs website, which generally should be the first non-sponsored search result.

  3. Locate the compensation rate on the rate table

    The rate table is separated into sections based on the percentage of disability and whether the disabled individual has dependents. Different rate tables exist for disabled individuals with and without children. For both categories, rates vary based on the number and type of dependents, including whether the dependents include a spouse or parents. Find the correct line on the chart based on disability amount and dependent status. The corresponding box on the chart contains the current compensation rate. As rates change, Veterans Affairs updates the chart.

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