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December 31, 2018

2019 VA Disability Compensation Pay Rates

Last updated on April 21, 2021

Hi Veterans, I’ve got some BAD news and some GOOD news for you about 2019 VA disability compensation pay dates!

The BAD news: Part of the Federal government is shut-down…

The GOOD news, however, is that the Department of Veterans Affairs is fully-funded, and Veteran’s medical care and disability compensation payments will continue unhindered!

Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increase

In 2019, Veteran’s get a nice 2.8% increase based on a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) increase.

The 2019 VA disability rates are effective as of December 1, 2018.

You’ll begin seeing the new pay rates in your January 2019 disability compensation payment.

You may also qualify for a variety of Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) categories, which for simplicity sake, were not included here.

Eligible veterans with disabilities can receive up to $3,625.99 per month as a tax-free monetary benefit.

Service Connected Disabilities

Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated at 10% or higher can use the following 2019 VA disability pay infographic to determine how much tax-free compensation you’ll get each month.

Veterans with a rating of 10-20% do not receive any extra compensation for dependents, and thus, are paid at the single rate, which is why those rates weren’t included on the chart.

A 10% VA disability rating for 2019 is: $140.05/month

A 20% VA disability rating for 2019 is: $276.84/month

2019 VA Disability Compensation Pay Rates Chart

2019 VA Disability Compensation Pay Rates

Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated at 10% or higher can use the following 2019 VA disability pay chart to determine how much tax-free compensation you’ll get each month.

This chart shows a veteran’s combined VA disability rating and compensation pay rates, for veterans with a service-connected disability at 10% or higher, as well as the difference between what a veteran received in 2018 versus what a veteran will get in 2019:

2018 versus 2019 VA Pay Rates

va pay chart 2019

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About the Author

Brian Reese
Brian Reese

Brian Reese

Founder & CEO

Brian Reese is VA benefits expert, author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned, and founder of VA Claims Insider – “The Most Trusted Name in Education-Based Resources for Veterans.”

His frustration with the 8-step VA disability claims process led him to create “VA Claims Insider,” which provides U.S. military veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned for successfully submitting or re-submitting a winning VA disability compensation claim.

Brian is also the CEO of Military Disability Made Easy, which is the world’s largest free searchable database for all things related to DoD disability and VA disability claims and has served more than 4,600,000 military members and veterans since its founding in 2013.

His eBook, the “9 Secrets Strategies for Winning Your VA Disability Claim” has been downloaded more than 300,000 times in the past three years and is the #1 rated free VA disability claims guide for veterans.

He is a former active duty Air Force officer with extensive experience leading hundreds of individuals and multi-functional teams in challenging international environments, including a combat tour to Afghanistan in 2011 supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Brian is a Distinguished Graduate of Management from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO and he holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, Stillwater, OK, where he was a National Honor Scholar (Top 1% of Graduate School class).

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