It’s a new year which means the 2021 VA disability compensation rates have changed. Wondering what this means? VA disability compensation is a tax-free benefit paid to veterans with a disability. In order to get a condition service-connected, your disability must have either developed or worsened. Therefore, it must be a direct result of serving in the military.
Are you a Disabled Veteran looking to file a VA claim? You may be eligible for Service-Connected disability pay too.
What Counts as a VA Disability?
If you are trying to determine whether you qualify for Service-Connected disability pay, you might be wondering what counts as a VA disability?
Conditions covered by the VA typically include:
- Physical disabilities – such as hearing loss, chronic back pain, asthma, and cancers which were a direct result of contact with toxic chemicals
- Mental disabilities – such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
The VA Disability Rating System
For every disability claim, the VA determines a severity rating ranging from 0-100%. This rating moves in increments of 10% increments based on service treatment records, VA medical records, and private medical records directly relating to the disability.
In addition, you may also receive additional benefits if you have:
- Severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
- A spouse, child(ren), or dependent parents
- A disabled spouse