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Veterans’ Benefits Rating and Rates


Overview of VA disability compensation

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VA benefit payments for Veterans vary depending on a number of factors, including disability ratings and other special circumstances. Your disability rating is determined by the severity of your disability as supported by the evidence submitted in your VA claim or contained in military records, including a VA medical examination in some cases. Disability compensation helps make up for a Veteran’s economic loss resulting from service-related injury or illness. Disability ratings are made in increments of 10 percent, ranging from 0 percent to 100 percent.

Veterans may receive additional Special Monthly Compensation if they have severe disabilities or other special circumstances.

For example, a Veteran with a 30 percent rating …

  • … Who has no dependents would receive $400.93 per month.
  • … Who is married would receive $448.74 per month.
  • … Who is married with one minor child would receive $483.75 per month.

Learn more at about disability ratings page and disability compensation rates page

How to Apply

  • Apply Online

    The fastest and easiest way to get access to your benefits is to apply using your computer or mobile device.

  • Contact an Accredited VSO

    Contact an accredited Veterans Service Organization representative who can assist you in submitting your claim.


Some benefits may also be used by active service members, reservists, and National Guard members as well as eligible spouses, children, and survivors of Veterans and service members. Consult the VA benefits booklet or visit the nearest VA regional office for character of discharge requirements and more detailed information.

Page last updated on July 22, 2021


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