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May 18, 2023

2024 VA Disability Rates (Projected)

Last updated on May 20, 2023

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2024 VA disability rates, which are effective December 1, 2023 (payable January 1, 2024), are estimated to increase by 3.1% based on the latest Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) data. 

The final VA disability rates for 2024 will be released on October 13, 2023.

Veterans can use the tables and charts provided on this page to determine their expected monthly VA disability compensation payment for 2024. 

Note: The 2024 VA disability increase (and new compensation payments) will officially begin on January 1, 2024.

2024 VA Disability Rates (with Estimated 3.1% COLA Increase)

10% – 20% (No Dependents)
30% – 60% (Without Children)
Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$523.80$754.55$1,074.12$1,360.56
Veteran with Spouse Only$585.66$837.03$1,177.23$1,485.31
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$635.15$903.01$1,260.73$1,585.32
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$684.64$969.00$1,344.24$1,685.32
Veteran with One Parent$573.29$820.53$1,157.63$1,460.57
Veteran with Two Parents$622.78$886.52$1,241.14$1,560.57
Additional for A/A spouse$57.74$76.29$95.88$114.44
70% – 100% (Without Children)
Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,714.61$1,993.08$2,239.73$3,734.23
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,859.99$2,159.07$2,426.35$3,942.43
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent$1,976.49$2,292.07$2,575.84$4,109.52
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$2,092.99$2,426.10$2,725.34$4,276.62
Veteran with One Parent$1,831.12$2,126.08$2,389.23$3,901.32
Veteran with Two Parents$1,947.62$2,259.08$2,538.72$4,068.42
Additional for A/A spouse$134.03$152.59$172.18$190.95
30% – 60% (With Children)
Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Child Only$565.04$810.22$1,143.19$1,444.07
Veteran with Spouse and Child$631.02$897.86$1,253.51$1,576.04
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$680.51$963.84$1,337.02$1,676.05
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$730.00$1,029.82$1,420.53$1,776.05
Veteran with One Parent and Child$614.53$876.21$1,226.70$1,544.08
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$664.02$942.19$1,310.22$1,644.08
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$30.93$41.24$51.55$61.86
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18$100.01$133.00$167.02$200.01
Additional for A/A spouse$57.74$76.29$95.88$114.44
70% – 100% (With Children)
Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with one Child (no spouse and no parents)$1,811.53$2,104.43$2,364.49$3,873.47
Veteran with Spouse and Child (no parents)$1,966.18$2,280.73$2,563.47$4,094.91
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and One Child$2,082.68$2,413.73$2,712.96$4,262.00
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$2,199.18$2,546.72$2,862.46$4,429.09
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,928.03$2,237.42$2,513.98$4,040.56
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$2,044.53$2,370.42$2,663.48$4,207.66
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$72.17$82.48$92.79$103.45
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18$233.01$267.03$300.02$334.17
Additional for A/A spouse$134.03$152.59$172.18$190.95

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What is the 2024 VA Disability Pay Increase?

2024 VA Disability Increase

2024 VA disability rates are projected to increase by 3.1% next year. 

Disabled veterans with a 10% VA disablity rating or higher could see a 3.1% COLA increase on their monthly VA compensation payment beginning January 2024.

How are the 2024 VA Disability Rates Determined?

Congress designed the rates to reflect the projected amount of lost income that results from a veteran’s disability.

The rating percentages reflect the severity of the condition, so a 30% rating (they should still be able to work) for a single veteran with no dependents means that a lower rate of pay should cover the economic loss of the disability, while a 100% rating (unlikely that they can work) receives the highest pay rate under the law.

Do My Dependents Qualify for 2024 VA Disability Pay?

Dependents do not qualify for VA disability payments directly; however, they can increase your overall monthly VA disability payment since they are dependent on your income.

The VA disability chart factors in parents, spouses, and children that are legally considered dependents.

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How Can I Calculate My Combined VA Rating Percentage?

After the VA processes your disability claim, they will send you a rating decision letter that will detail each condition’s individual rating and your total combined rating.

Your total combined rating is the rating percentage used to find your payment rate in the chart.

You can also quickly calculate your combined VA rating using our free VA disability calculator.

How Do I Apply to Receive a VA Disability Rating?

To apply for VA disability benefits, or a VA disability increase, simply start a new VA claim and submit it online for FREE at along with medical records for each condition you’re claiming.

The new VA website is like “Turbo-Tax” for VA disability claims: Each screen will provide you with step-by-step instructions and on-screen tips to help you prepare and file your claim online.

If you choose to go this route (which I recommend), select the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) option, and make sure you have the proper evidence for your FDC ready to upload:

  • Nexus Letters (if you weren’t diagnosed in-service or if your STRs lack evidence)
  • Buddy Letters (if your STRs lack evidence of your claimed condition)

How Long Does It Take to Receive VA Disability Benefits?

New claims (first time filer) usually take 4-8 months to process.

Generally, the more conditions you file for, the longer your claim will take.

Increase claims or secondary claims usually take 3-4 months.

Once you get a VA rating decision, you will start receiving payments on the first day the following month.

How Does the VA Assign Rating Percentages?

The VA follows the rules of the VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) to assign rating percentages to veteran’s conditions.

The VASRD is the official rating chart for VA disability (with rating rules for conditions) based on their medical diagnosis by diagnostic code and severity of symptoms in terms of frequency, severity, and duration.

  • Frequency means how often.
  • Severity means how bad.
  • Duration means how long.

Generally, the more severe your symptoms, the higher your rating will be for that condition.

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How Do I Increase My VA Disability Rating?

To qualify for a higher VA pay rate, you must get one or more individual condition ratings increased, which will then increase your total combined rating.

If your conditions have worsened since you last applied and now qualify for a higher rating, you can submit a new claim on by checking the box for an increased evaluation.

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About the Author

Brian Reese
Brian Reese

Brian Reese

Founder & CEO

Brian Reese is a 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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