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March 22, 2024

2025 VA Disability Rates | New 3.0% COLA Increase Estimate

Last updated on April 21, 2024

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2025 VA Disability Rates are estimated to increase by 3.0% effective December 1, 2025, and payable beginning January 2025.

New government data shows a projected 3.0% COLA increase for 2025 (higher than expected), the Senior Citizens League says, based on new March 2024 inflation data.

Disabled veterans with a 10% VA rating or higher can use the 2025 VA Disability Pay Chart below to estimate their new monthly pay rate with dependents.

2025 VA Disability Rates (Projected)

Here are the estimated 2025 VA disability rates with a 3.0% COLA increase:

VA Rating Percentage10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$176.37$348.64$540.04$777.94$1,107.41$1,402.74$1,767.77$2,054.86$2,309.16$3,849.99
Veteran & 1 Child$176.37$348.64$582.56$835.34$1,178.63$1,488.83$1,867.68$2,169.66$2,437.78$3,993.54
Veteran & 1 Parent$176.37$348.64$591.06$845.97$1,193.51$1,505.84$1,887.88$2,191.98$2,463.29$4,022.26
Veteran & Spouse$176.37$348.64$603.81$862.97$1,213.71$1,531.35$1,917.64$2,226.00$2,501.56$4,064.64
Veteran, 1 Parent, & 1 Child$176.37$348.64$633.58$903.37$1,264.73$1,591.94$1,987.80$2,306.78$2,591.91$4,165.81
Veteran & 2 Parents$176.37$348.64$642.08$914.00$1,279.61$1,608.95$2,008.00$2,329.10$2,617.42$4,194.54
Veteran, Spouse, & 1 Child$176.37$348.64$650.58$925.69$1,292.37$1,624.89$2,027.13$2,351.43$2,642.93$4,221.84
Veteran, Spouse, & 1 Parent$176.37$348.64$654.84$931.00$1,299.81$1,634.46$2,037.76$2,363.12$2,655.69$4,236.92
Veteran, 2 Parents, & 1 Child$176.37$348.64$684.60$971.40$1,350.83$1,695.05$2,107.91$2,443.90$2,746.04$4,338.09
Veteran, Spouse, 1 Parent, & 1 Child$176.37$348.64$701.61$993.72$1,378.47$1,728.00$2,147.24$2,488.55$2,797.06$4,394.12
Veteran, Spouse, & 2 Parents$176.37$348.64$705.86$999.03$1,385.91$1,737.57$2,157.87$2,501.30$2,809.82$4,409.19
Veteran, Spouse, 2 Parents, & 1 Child$176.37$348.64$752.63$1,061.75$1,464.57$1,831.11$2,267.36$2,625.67$2,951.19$4,566.39
Additional Children under 18$0.00$0.00$31.89$42.52$53.15$63.78$74.41$85.04$95.67$106.66
Children 18-23$0.00$0.00$103.11$137.12$172.20$206.21$240.23$275.31$309.32$344.53
Aid and Attendance (A/A) Spouse$0.00$0.00$59.53$78.66$98.86$117.99$138.18$157.32$177.51$196.87


  • The VA disability pay chart 2025 for each school child are shown separately. They are not included with any other pay 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 “Aid and Attendance (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 $138.18 for additional for A/A spouse to the rate for a 70% veteran to calculate the total amount.

What Is the 2025 VA Disability Increase?

The 2025 VA disability increase is currently estimated at 3.0%.

Disabled veterans with a 10% VA disability rating or higher could see a 3.0% COLA boost on their monthly VA disability compensation payment starting January 2025.

2025 COLA Estimate vs. 2024 COLA

The 2025 COLA is calculated using the 3rd quarter data from the CPI-W compared to last year, which we won’t know until October 2025.

The final 2024 COLA increase of 3.2% came in as expected.

Can Dependents Get VA Disability Pay?

Dependents do not qualify for VA disability payments directly; however, they can increase your overall monthly VA disability payment for 2025 since they are dependent on your income.

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

How Can I Calculate My Combined VA Rating Percentage?

After the VA rates 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.

Can I Apply to Receive a Higher VA Disability Rating?

Yes, you can apply for VA disability benefits or a VA disability increase, simply by submitting a new VA claim 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.

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  • 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)

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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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