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Understanding VA disability compensation rates

Every veteran who has served his or her nation with honor and has developed a disability during or in the wake of that service deserves proper care for that disability. Applying for veterans disability benefits can help to ensure that you are properly cared for in the wake of developing your disability. It is important to understand that the Department of Veterans Affairs responds to different kinds of disabilities by classifying them into various ratings. These disability ratings help to determine how much compensation you will receive and whether you will be considered eligible for certain related opportunities.

Essentially, the VA classifies disabilities according to percentages. If you are classified as 10 percent disabled, you will receive less compensation than you would if you were 25, 60 or 100 percent disabled. In addition, certain factors beyond your disability percentage may affect your level of compensation.

For example, if you have minor children you will receive more compensation at your level of disability than a veteran would who does not have minor children. The logic behind this distinction is fairly straightforward. If a veteran is supporting children but cannot work to his or her previous capacity due to disability, he or she needs additional compensation to successfully continue supporting his or her minor children. This is one small way that the VA acknowledges that the wounds of service do not affect veterans alone. They also affect the loved ones of our nation’s servicemen and women.

If you have questions about disability ratings and how your unique circumstances may be classified by the VA, please do not hesitate to speak with an attorney experienced in this area of law.

Source:, “VA Disability Compensation Rates,” Accessed Sep. 19, 2014

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