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Veterans Law: Disability - Compensation and Pension


How VA Calculates Compensation Rates

The amount of basic benefits paid ranges depending on how disabled you are. The VA makes a determination about the severity of your disability based on the evidence you submit as part of your claim, or the evidence the VA obtains from your military records. VA rates disability from 0% to 100% in 10% increments (e.g. 10%, 20%, 30% etc.). See the Combined Ratings section below for information about how VA calculates disability percentage for multiple disabilities.

You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, if:

  • You have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
  • You have a spouse, child(ren), or dependent parent(s)
  • You have a seriously disabled spouse


Veterans Benefits Information