2020 VA Disability Rates – The Complete Guide

VA Disability Rates 2020

The 2020 VA disability rates were released on October 10, 2019, with the implementation of the Social Security Administration’s announcement of a 1.6% increase in the 2020 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).

2020 VA disability rates are effective December 1, 2019, and disabled veterans will see the new 1.6% increase on their January 1, 2020 VA compensation payment.

This means Disabled Veterans with a current VA disability rating of 10% of higher will receive a 1.6% increase in their VA disability pay rate for 2020.

For example, if you were previously getting $1,000 per month tax-free, a 1.6% VA pay increase is $16, so a veterans VA disabiltiy compensation pay in 2020 would go up to $1,016 per month.

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The complete 2020 VA disability pay rates table along with footnotes is shown below.

2020 VA Disability Rates Table

10% – 20% VA Rating (No Dependents)    
VA PercentageVA Pay Rate   
10% VA Pay Rate in 2020$142.29   
20% VA Pay Rate in 2020$281.27   
30% – 60% VA Rating (Without Children)    
Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$435.69$627.61$893.43$1,131.68
Veteran with Spouse Only$487.51$696.70$979.79$1,235.31
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$529.16$751.57$1,048.88$1,318.63
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$570.82$806.43$1,117.97$1,401.94
Veteran with One Parent$477.35$682.48$962.52$1,214.99
Veteran with Two Parents$519.00$737.34$1,031.61$1,298.31
Additional for A/A spouse $47.75$62.99$79.25$95.50
70% – 100% VA Rating (Without Children)    
Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,426.17$1,657.80$1,862.96$3,106.04
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,547.07$1,795.97$2,018.41$3,279.22
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent$1,643.59$1,906.72$2,143.37$3,418.20
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$1,740.11$2,017.46$2,268.34$3,557.18
Veteran with One Parent$1,522.69$1,768.54$1,987.93$3,245.02
Veteran with Two Parents$1,619.21$1,879.29$2,112.89$3,384.00
Additional for A/A spouse $110.74$127.00$143.26$158.82
30% – 60% VA Rating (With Children)    
Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$525.10$747.50$1,042.78$1,311.51
Veteran with Child Only$470.24$673.33$950.33$1,200.77
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$566.76$802.37$1,111.87$1,394.83
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$608.41$857.23$1,180.96$1,478.14
Veteran with One Parent and Child$511.89$728.20$1,019.41$1,284.08
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$553.55$783.06$1,088.50$1,367.39
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$25.40$33.53$42.67$50.80
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 $83.31$110.74$138.18$166.62
Additional for A/A spouse $47.75$62.99$79.25$95.50
70% – 100% VA Rating (With Children)    
Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$1,635.47$1,897.57$2,132.20$3,406.05
Veteran with Child Only$1,506.43$1,750.25$1,966.59$3,221.86
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$1,731.99$2,008.32$2,257.17$3,545.03
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$1,828.51$2,119.06$2,382.13$3,684.01
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,602.95$1,861.00$2,091.56$3,360.84
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$1,699.47$1,971.74$2,216.53$3,499.82
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$59.94$68.07$77.22$86.05
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 $194.06$221.49$249.94$277.96
Additional for A/A spouse $110.74$127.00$143.26$158.82
  1. Rates for each school child are shown separately. They are not included with any other compensation rates. All other entries on this chart reflecting a rate for children show the rate payable for children under 18 or helpless. To find the amount payable to a 70% disabled veteran with a spouse and four children, one of whom is over 18 and attending school, take the 70% rate for a veteran with a spouse and 3 children and add the rate for one school child.
  2. Where the veteran has a spouse who is determined to require Aid and Attendance (A/A), add the figure shown as “additional for A/A spouse” to the amount shown for the proper dependency code. For example, veteran has A/A spouse and 2 minor children and is 70% disabled. Add $110.74, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran to calculate the total amount.

VA Compensation Rates 2020

VA Disability Rates 2020 Chart
VA Disability Rates 2020 Chart

VA Disability Pay – Frequently Asked Questions

Is VA Disability Pay Tax Free?

VA Disability Pay is a tax-free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury that was caused or made worse during active duty military service.

Compensation benefits require that your disability be service connected.

You must also have separated or been discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions.

Compensation may also be paid for post-service disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service.

Generally, the degrees of disability specified are also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbations or illnesses.

At VA Claims Insider, we refer to this as “severity of symptoms,” meaning Veterans must explain HOW their disabilities are negatively impacting their work, life, and/or social functioning.

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What is Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monetary benefit generally payable to a surviving spouse, child, or parent of service members who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training or survivors of Veterans who died from their service-connected disabilities.

DIC for parents is an income-based benefit.

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What is VA Special Monthly Compensation?

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to Veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses and parents.

For Veterans, Special Monthly Compensation is a higher rate of compensation paid due to special circumstances such as the need of aid and attendance by another person or a specific disability, such as loss of use of one arm or leg.

For spouses and surviving spouses, this benefit is commonly referred to as aid and attendance and is paid based on the need of aid and attendance by another person.

Click HERE to read about Special Monthly Compensation from A to Z.

How to Apply for VA Disability Compensation

The easiest way to apply for VA disability compensation is by obtaining an eBenefits or VA.gov account and applying online.

When applying for VA disability benefits in 2020, you must have access to the following information:

  • Discharge or separation papers (DD 214 or equivalent)
  • Medical evidence (service treatment records, VA medical records, and/or private medical records)
  • Dependency records (marriage and children’s birth certificates)

Alternatively, you may print and mail-in VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits or call VA at 1-800-827-1000 to have the form mailed to you.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) VA Form 21P-534EZ, Application for DIC, Death Pension, and/or Accrued Benefits and mail it to your nearest VA regional office in your state.

How to Apply for VA Special Monthly Compensation

The VA will automatically award Special Monthly Compensation if your disability qualifies.

To apply for SMC if you are housebound or required the aid and attendance of someone to perform daily living functions complete VA Form 21-2680 and mail it to your nearest VA Regional Office in your state.

How to Find the VA Regional Office in Your State

If you’ve ever tried to search for a “VA Regional Office Near Me” you’re in the right place Veterans!

Each state has a VA Regional Office in a specific city.

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How to Find VA Locations Near Me

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You can search for your nearest VA medical center as well as other health facilities, benefit offices, cemeteries, community care providers and Vet Centers.

You can also filter your results by service type to find locations that offer the specific service you’re looking for.

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