As of December 2018, 100% VA disability is $3,057.13 per month. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adjusts this amount each year, typically raising it to account for increases in the cost of living. In addition to your base monthly compensation, you may also be eligible for additional money on behalf of dependents living in your household. This includes your spouse, children, or elderly parents.
How Much is 100 Percent Disability from the VA
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What Your VA Disability Rating Means
Unlike other disability programs, VA distributes benefits on a sliding scale based on your level of disability. The more disabling your medical condition, the more money you’ll receive in compensation.
VA uses the disability rating system to put a number on what it perceives as your level of disability. The rating schedule runs from 0 to 100%, in increments of 10. A 100% rating is the top of the schedule, indicating total disability. With this rating, you’re eligible for the maximum VA schedular benefit, which, as of 2019, is just over $3,000 per month.
When you submit your application for review, the person who decides to approve your claim also assigns you a disability rating. The more compelling the supporting documentation in your file, the better chance you have of receiving a higher rating.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive Without a 100% Disability Rating
The VA disability compensation schedule runs a broad gamut. With a 0% rating — which signifies a minor disability that has a minimal impact on your ability to work — you’re not eligible for any monthly compensation. But even with a 0% rating, you can receive free VA healthcare for your service-connected conditions and other ancillary perks.
The 2019 VA disability compensation schedule is as follows:
- 10% rating: $140.05 per month
- 20% rating: $276.84 per month
- 30% rating: $428.83 per month
- 40% rating: $617.73 per month
- 50% rating: $879.36 per month
- 60% rating: $1,113.86 per month
- 70% rating: $1,403.71 per month
- 80% rating: $1,631.69 per month
- 90% rating: $1,833.62 per month
- 100% rating: $3,057.13 per month
How to Receive a 100% Disability Rating
To have the best chance of receiving a single 100% disability rating, you must convince VA of the severity of your condition. The best types of evidence to include with your appeal are medical records, personal statements from your doctor, lab test results, and statements from your manager or co-workers and from your friends and family regarding your symptoms. Depending on your condition, different criteria must be met in order to establish entitlement to a 100% disability rating.
The different criteria you may need to meet can be found in VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities.
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Qualifying for 100% VA Disability Based on Unemployability
Many veterans find it challenging to qualify for 100% VA disability based on the rating schedule. Fortunately, VA offers a way to receive 100% benefits based on your inability to work. The program is called Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).
The most important criterion to receive TDIU is that you’re unemployable. But you usually still have to meet certain rating requirements. If you have a single disability and cannot work, you can receive TDIU if your condition rates at 60% or higher. If you have two or more disabilities and can’t work, you can receive TDIU if your conditions have a combined rating of 70% or higher with one having a 40% rating or higher on its own.
If you’re unemployable yet still do not meet TDIU’s basic rating requirements, you can see if you might qualify for extraschedular TDIU. You must show you have an extenuating circumstance or special situation that the rating schedule is incapable of capturing. The law requires that you must be unable to secure and follow a substantially gainful occupation by reason of your service-connected conditions. A lawyer can help you make this case.