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March 18, 2024

What is the Max VA Disability Benefit?

Last updated on March 21, 2024

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Did you know the max VA disability benefit is much higher than a 100% VA rating?

Yep, it’s true.

The max VA disability benefit in 2024 is for Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) R.2/T, which has a minimum monthly payment of $10,697.23 and can exceed $11,000 per month with dependents.

Alright, let’s explore more about the maximum VA disability payment for 2024 in more detail.

What is the Max VA Disability Payment?

The max VA disability payment for most disabled veterans occurs with a 100 percent VA rating.

In 2024, that amounts to a minimum of $3,737.85 for a veteran alone and can exceed $4,000 per month with dependents.

But that’s not the end of the story…

VA disability payments can far exceed those in the scheduler disability system by going extra-scheduler based on special circumstances.

For example, the max VA disability payment in 2024 is for SMC R.2/T with a minimum monthly payment of $10,697.23, which can exceed $11,000 per month with dependents.

Note: SMC-R is reserved for veterans who require the daily Aid and Attendance of another person.

What is the Max Pay for 100 VA Disability?

The maximum 100 percent VA disability compensation rate reaches up to $4,433.39 per month in 2024.

This highest pay rate is reserved for veterans with the most severe disabilities and who have a number of dependents, including children, spouse, and dependent parents.

The actual amount a veteran is eligible to receive is based on a combination of their disability rating, which can range from 0% to 100% in 10% increments, and their specific family circumstances.

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Can I Get More Than 100% VA Disability?

No, you can’t receive higher than a 100% VA disability rating.

However, you can receive much higher than 100% VA disability pay via various categories of SMC.

  • SMC-K: $132.74
  • SMC-L: $4,651.06
  • SMC-L ½: $4,891.50
  • SMC-M: $5,132.92
  • SMC-M ½: $5,485.61
  • SMC-N: $5,839.08
  • SMC-N ½: $6,182.55
  • SMC-O/P: $6,526.64
  • SMC-R1: $9,326.07
  • SMC-R2/T: $10,697.23
  • SMC-S: $4,183.85


  • SMC-K is a higher rate of pay that is added to your current VA disability pay rate
  • All other SMC categories are paid in lieu of VA disability compensation pay (you don’t get both)
  • SMC pay rates will be higher than listed above with eligible dependents

Can I Get 200 Percent VA Disability?

No, you can’t get 200 percent VA disability.

Generally, the maximum VA disability benefit occurs with a 100 percent VA rating.

However, VA SMC benefits can far exceed that depending on the unique circumstances of a veteran.

But, even with the highest possible SMC benefit, you still don’t have a 200% VA disability rating.

How Do I Maximize My VA Disability?

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There are four (4) essential elements you must prove to get your VA disabilities service connected, rated, or increased.

We call it: The VA Claims Insider Golden Circle

  • (#1) Medical diagnosis of a disability condition in a medical record
  • (#2) Evidence of an in-service event, injury, disease, or aggravation
  • (#3) Nexus (link or connection) between #1 and #2 via competent medical evidence, such as a Nexus Letter
  • (#4) “Severity of Symptoms” in terms of frequency (how often), severity (how bad), and duration (how long)

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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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