As of December 1, 2019, a 100 percent VA disability for a single veteran with no dependents is $3,106.04 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 dependent parents.
A 100 percent schedular rating signifies a total disability. In order to receive benefits at this level, you must submit compelling evidence of a disability sufficient to meet the 100 percent criteria as established by the VA for your condition or have multiple service-connected conditions that combine to 100 percent. A VA disability lawyer can help you with this. For a free case evaluation, call (888) 392-5392.
What Your VA Disability Rating Means
The 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.
The 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 percent in increments of 10. A 100 percent 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 slightly over $3,000 per month.
When you submit your application for review, the person who decides to approve your appeal 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.
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How Much Compensation Can I Receive Without a 100 Percent Disability Rating
The VA disability compensation schedule runs a broad gamut. With a 0 percent 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 percent rating, you can receive free VA healthcare for your service-connected condition and other ancillary perks.
The 2019 VA disability compensation schedule for a veteran alone is as follows:
- 10 percent rating: $142.29 per month
- 20 percent rating: $281.27 per month
- 30 percent rating: $435.69 per month
- 40 percent rating: $627.61 per month
- 50 percent rating: $893.43 per month
- 60 percent rating: $1,131.68 per month
- 70 percent rating: $1,426.17 per month
- 80 percent rating: $1,657.80 per month
- 90 percent rating: $1,862.96 per month
- 100 percent rating: $3,106.04 per month
How to Receive a 100 Percent Disability Rating
To have the best chance of receiving a 100 percent disability rating, you must convince the VA of the severity of your condition.
The more persuasive evidence and supporting documentation you submit, the stronger you can make this case. The best types of evidence to include with your appeal are, among others, medical records, personal statements from your doctor, lab test results and statements from yourself, your family, friends, manager or co-workers.
Equally important is showing you’re receiving regular medical care for your condition. If you have not been to the doctor in six months or a year, the VA may find it hard to believe your condition is severe enough to warrant a 100 percent rating.
Qualifying for 100 Percent VA Disability Based on Unemployability
Many veterans find it challenging to qualify for a 100 percent VA disability based on the rating schedule. Fortunately, VA offers a way to receive 100 percent 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. To show this you must prove that you are unable to get OR keep substantially gainful employment. But you also have to meet certain rating requirements. If you have a single disability and cannot work because of that disability, you can receive TDIU if your condition rates at 60 percent or higher. If you have two or more disabilities and can’t work because of those disabilities, you can receive TDIU if your conditions have a combined rating of 70 percent or higher with one having a 40 percent rating or higher on its own.
If you’re unemployable yet still do not meet TDIU’s reduced rating requirements, you can see if you might qualify for extraschedular TDIU. In order to receive extraschedular TDIU, you prove that you are unable to get AND keep substantially gainful employment because of your service-connected conditions. A lawyer can help you make this case.
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