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May 25, 2021

2022 VA Disability Rates Explained: The Insider’s Guide (with Estimated 4.7% COLA Increase)

Last updated on June 10, 2021

2022 VA disability rates will be released in October 2021 with the implementation of the Social Security Administration’s Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase for 2022, which is estimated to be 4.7%.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adjusts its VA compensation rates effective December 1 of each year based on the yearly change in the cost of living as determined by the Social Security Administration (final COLA is based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report of September 2021 inflation data).

Will veterans get a VA disability pay increase in 2022?

2022 VA Disability Pay Increase

Yes, veterans are projected to get a 4.7% VA disability pay increase beginning January 2022, which would be the largest pay increase since 2008.

Brian Reese a Veteran Benefits expert predicts a 4.7% COLA increase for 2022, primarily because of rising inflation, increasing prices of consumer goods as the economy re-opens, as well as higher energy and gas prices.

Mary Johnson, Social Security and Medicare policy analyst at The Senior Citizens League, released her first official estimate for 2022 on May 12, 2021, indicating there could be a 4.7% COLA increase next year.

Finally, Kiplinger is forecasting that the annual cost-of-living adjustment for 2022 will be 4.5%, the largest increase since 2008, when benefits rose 5.8%. 

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2022 COLA Increase Estimate is 4.7%

2022 VA Disability Rates

The new 2022 VA disability rates will be effective December 1, 2021.

Disabled veterans with a VA disability rating of 10% or higher could see a 4.7% COLA increase on their January 1, 2021 VA compensation payment.

For example, if you were previously getting $1,000 per month tax-free, a 4.7% VA pay increase is $47, so a veterans VA disability compensation pay in 2022 would go up to $1,047 per month.

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2022 VA Disability Rates (Estimated)

The estimated 2022 VA disability pay chart, along with footnotes, is shown below for reference.

10% – 20% VA Rating (No Dependents)
PercentageVA Pay Rate
10% VA Pay Rate $150.92
20% VA Pay Rate $298.32
30% – 60% VA Rating (Without Children)
Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$462.10$665.65$947.58$1,200.27
Veteran with Spouse Only$516.19$738.83$1,038.79$1,309.52
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$559.67$797.17$1,111.98$1,397.55
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$603.16$855.50$1,185.16$1,485.58
Veteran with One Parent$505.58$723.98$1,020.76$1,288.30
Veteran with Two Parents$549.07$782.32$1,093.95$1,376.33
Additional for A/A spouse $50.91$66.82$84.85$101.82
70% – 100% VA Rating (Without Children)
Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,512.61$1,758.28$1,975.88$3,294.30
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,640.95$1,904.65$2,140.27$3,477.98
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent$1,743.82$2,022.37$2,272.85$3,625.38
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$1,846.70$2,140.10$2,405.42$3,772.78
Veteran with One Parent$1,615.49$1,876.01$2,108.45$3,441.70
Veteran with Two Parents$1,718.37$1,993.74$2,241.03$3,589.11
Additional for A/A spouse $117.73$134.70$151.67$168.45
30% – 60% VA Rating (With Children)
Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$557.55$792.92$1,106.67$1,391.18
Veteran with Child Only$498.16$714.44$1,008.04$1,273.45
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$601.04$851.26$1,179.86$1,479.21
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$644.52$909.59$1,253.04$1,567.24
Veteran with One Parent and Child$541.64$772.77$1,081.22$1,361.49
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$585.13$831.11$1,154.40$1,449.52
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$26.52$36.06$45.61$54.09
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 $88.03$117.73$146.36$176.06
Additional for A/A spouse $50.91$66.82$84.85$101.82
70% – 100% VA Rating (With Children)
Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$1,735.34$2,012.83$2,262.24$3,612.48
Veteran with Child Only$1,598.52$1,855.86$2,086.18$3,417.13
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$1,838.22$2,130.56$2,394.82$3,759.89
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$1,941.10$2,248.28$2,527.39$3,907.29
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,701.40$1,973.58$2,218.76$3,564.53
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$1,804.28$2,091.31$2,351.33$3,711.94
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$63.64$72.12$81.67$91.27
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 $205.76$235.46$265.15$294.81
Additional for A/A spouse $117.73$134.70$151.67$168.45

These rates include the projected 4.7% VA disability compensation pay increase over the 2021 VA disability rates.

  1. VA disability rates 2022 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 $117.73 for additional for A/A spouse to the rate for a 70% veteran to calculate the total amount.

2022 VA Disability Compensation Rates – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will VA disability benefits increase in 2022?

Yes, VA disability benefits are expected to increase by an estimated 4.7% in 2022. 

The SSA will make its official Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) announcement in October 2021, affecting more than 75 million Americans who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, VA disability and pension benefits, military retirement pay, and other government benefits.

Is VA Disability Pay Tax Free?

Yes! VA disability pay is tax free at both the federal and state level.

VA disability compensation 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.

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What is Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)?

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (aka, 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?

VA 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 Do I Apply for VA Disability Compensation Benefits?

The easiest way to apply for VA disability compensation is by creating a free VA.gov account and applying online.

When applying for VA disability benefits in 2022, 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.

If you do receive a VA disability rating of 10% or higher, the new VA disability rates for 2022 will be automatically adjusted in your January 2022 VA disability pay.

How Do I 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.

List of VA Regional Offices by State

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Brian Reese
Brian Reese

Brian Reese

Founder & CEO

Brian Reese is VA disability 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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