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May 16, 2022

2023 VA Disability Rates (Official): HUGE 8.7% COLA Increase Approved by SSA!

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[BREAKING NEWS!] 2023 VA disability rates will increase by 8.7% as announced by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adjusts VA disability compensation rates each year based on the SSA’s annual COLA increase.

The final VA disability rates 2023 are based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report of September 2022 inflation data, which is officially set to increase by 8.7% for 2023!

2023 VA Disability Rates Increase by 8.7%

What’s the bottom line?

Veterans will see a gigantic 8.7% COLA increase this year due to rising inflation in the economy caused by increasing consumer demand and decreasing supply (supply chain shortages), which has led to a significant increase in the cost of consumer goods and services.

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VA Disability Pay Raise 2023: Will Disabled Veterans Get a Pay Increase This Year?

Official 2023 Pay Chart for VA Disability

Yes, disabled veterans with a 10% VA rating or higher will see an 8.7% COLA increase on their monthly VA compensation payment beginning January 2023.

The official 8.7% COLA increase to VA disability rates in 2023 is the largest boost in 40 years!

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What is the Effective Date of VA Disability Rates 2023?

VA disability rates 2023

The new VA disability rates 2023 will be effective December 1, 2022.

Disabled veterans will get an 8.7% COLA increase starting on their January 1, 2023 VA compensation payment.

For example, if you were previously getting $1,000 per month tax-free, an 8.9% VA pay increase is $89, so a veterans VA disability compensation pay in 2023 would go up to $1,089 per month.

Did you know 80% of Veterans (8/10 of you reading this right now…) are being shortchanged nearly $1,000/month tax-free on your 2023 VA disability pay?

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2023 VA Disability Rates Without Dependents (OFFICIAL)

Final 2023 VA Disability Rates Without Dependents

The OFFICIAL 2023 VA disability pay chart along with footnotes is shown below for reference.

These rates include the final 8.7% VA disability compensation increase for 2023.

10% – 20% VA Rating (No Dependents)

VA Rating2023 VA Disability Compensation Rates
20% $327.99

30% – 60% VA Rating (Without Children)

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$508.06$731.85$1,041.83$1,319.65
Veteran with Spouse Only$567.53$812.32$1,142.11$1,439.76
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$615.34$876.45$1,222.57$1,536.54
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$663.15$940.59$1,303.03$1,633.33
Veteran with One Parent$555.87$795.99$1,122.29$1,416.44
Veteran with Two Parents$603.68$860.13$1,202.75$1,513.22
Additional for A/A spouse$55.97$73.46$93.29$111.95

70% – 100% VA Rating (Without Children)

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,663.05$1,933.16$2,172.39$3,621.95
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,804.15$2,094.08$2,353.14$3,823.89
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent$1,917.26$2,223.52$2,498.90$3,985.96
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$2,030.37$2,352.95$2,644.66$4,148.02
Veteran with One Parent$1,776.17$2,062.59$2,318.16$3,784.01
Veteran with Two Parents$1,889.28$2,192.03$2,463.92$3,946.07
Additional for A/A spouse$129.44$148.09$166.75$185.20

2023 VA Disability Rates With Dependents (OFFICIAL)

2023 VA Disability Rates With Dependents

30% – 60% VA Rating (With Children)

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$613.01$871.79$1,216.74$1,529.55
Veteran with Child Only$547.70$785.50$1,108.29$1,400.11
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$660.82$935.92$1,297.20$1,626.33
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$708.63$1,000.06$1,377.66$1,723.12
Veteran with One Parent and Child$595.51$849.63$1,188.76$1,496.90
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$643.32$913.77$1,269.22$1,593.68
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$29.15$39.65$50.14$59.47
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18$96.79$129.44$160.92$193.57
Additional for A/A spouse$55.97$73.46$93.29$111.95

70% – 100% VA Rating (With Children)

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Spouse and Child$1,907.93$2,213.02$2,487.24$3,971.78
Veteran with Child Only$1,757.51$2,040.44$2,293.67$3,756.99
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$2,021.05$2,342.46$2,633.00$4,133.84
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$2,134.16$2,471.89$2,778.76$4,295.90
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,870.62$2,169.87$2,439.43$3,919.06
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$1,983.73$2,299.31$2,585.19$4,081.12
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$69.97$79.29$89.79$100.34
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18$226.22$258.87$291.52$324.13
Additional for A/A spouse$129.44$148.09$166.75$185.20
  • The official 2023 VA disability 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.
  • 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 $129.68 for additional for A/A spouse to the rate for a 70% veteran to calculate the total amount.


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Fellow Veterans: Thank you for wearing the uniform of our country and defending freedom—for that—I salute you and stand alongside you forever.

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2023 VA Disability Pay Rates – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

2023 VA Disability Pay Rates

#1. Will VA disability compensation benefits increase in 2023?

Yes, VA disability compensation benefits will increase by 8.7% in 2023. 

On October 13, 2022, the SSA announced its official Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 8.7% for 2023, which affects 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.

#2. 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.

#3. How Do I Increase My VA Disability Rating?

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#4. 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.

Click HERE to learn more about this hidden benefit.

#5. 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.

#6. How Do I Apply for VA Disability Compensation Benefits?

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

When applying for VA disability benefits in 2023, 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 will be automatically adjusted with your January 2023 VA disability payment.

#7. 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.

#8. Where Can I Find a List of VA Regional Offices by 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.

Click HERE to search for and find the VA Regional Office in your state.

#9. How Do I Find VA Locations Near Me?

Veterans can now search for VA locations near you with the VA’s new facility locator tool.

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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About the Author

Brian Reese
Brian Reese

Brian Reese

Brian Reese is one of the top VA disability benefits experts in the world and bestselling author of You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned (Second Edition).

Brian’s frustration with the VA claim process led him to create VA Claims Insider, which provides disabled veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned to win their VA disability compensation claim, faster, even if they’ve already filed, been denied, gave up, or don’t know where to start. 

As the founder of VA Claims Insider and CEO of Military Disability Made Easy, he has helped serve more than 10 million military members and veterans since 2013 through free online educational resources.

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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