VA Disability Rates for 2023

The 2023 VA disability rates increased by 8.7% based on the Social Security Administration’s 2023 Cost of Living Adjustment increase. The monthly payment amount depends on the veteran’s disability rating, number of dependents, and other factors.

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2023 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Disability Rates

The annual Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation rates for disability benefits were recently updated to adjust for inflation, rising consumer goods prices, and increasing gas prices. The disability payment rate for each veteran is determined individually based on disability rating and other factors like dependents.

The Social Security Administration increased the rates from 2022 by 8.7%, which went into effect December 1, 2022. See the table below for the breakdown of monthly payment amounts with or without dependents.

10% to 20% Disability Rating and Monthly Compensation Amount

The disability rating system assigns percentages based on the severity of your disability. Disability claims involving less severe injuries could result in ratings between 10% and 20%. Veterans with a 10% to 20% disability rating don’t receive additional compensation for dependents.

Rating Monthly compensation amount (USD)
10% $165.92
20% $327.99

30% to 100% Disability Rating Compensation Rates

If you have a disability rating of 30% or higher, the VA disability compensation varies based on dependent status, including spouses, children, and parents. Qualified dependents increase your monthly disability payment, as explained below.

Veterans With a Dependent Spouse or Parent and No Children

The rating percentage reflects the severity of the disability and is assigned by the VA. See the 2023 VA disability pay chart for ratings between 30% and 60% below.

Dependent Status 30% rating compensation in USD 40% rating compensation in USD 50% rating compensation in USD 60% rating compensation in USD
Veteran with no dependents $508.05 $731.86 $1,041.82 $1,319.65
Veteran with spouse only $568.05 $811.86 $1,141.82 $1,440.65
With a dependent spouse and 1 parent $616.05 $875.86 $1,222.82 $1,537.65
With a dependent spouse and 2 parents $664.05 $939.86 $1,303.82 $1,634.65
With 1 parent only $556.05 $795.86 $1,122.82 $1,416.65
With 2 parents $604.05 $859.86 $1,203.82 $1,513.65

Some benefits receive additional payments with their disability. See below the 30% to 60% rating for veterans with spouses eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefits.

Dependent Status 30% rating compensation in USD 40% rating compensation in USD 50% rating compensation in USD 60% rating compensation in USD
Spouse receives Aid and Attendance $56.00 $74.00 $93.00 $111.00

The chart below reflects the 2023 VA disability pay chart for veterans with ratings between 70% and 100%.

Dependent Status 70% rating compensation in USD 80% rating compensation in USD 90% rating compensation in USD 100% rating compensation in USD
Veteran with no dependents $1,663.06 $1,933.15 $2,172.39 $3,621.95
Veteran with spouse only $1,804.06 $2,094.15 $2,353.39 $3,823.89
With a dependent spouse and 1 parent $1,917.06 $2,223.15 $2,498.39 $3,985.96
With a dependent spouse and 2 parents $2030.06 $2,353.15 $2,643.39 $4,148.03
With 1 parent only $1,776.06 $2,062.15 $2,317.39 $3,784.02
With 2 parents $1,889.06 $2,191.15 $2,462.39 $3,946.09

The 70% and 100% ratings for veterans with spouses eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefits:

Dependent Status 70% rating compensation in USD 80% rating compensation in USD 90% rating compensation in USD 100% rating compensation in USD
Spouse receives Aid and Attendance $130.00 $148.00 $167.00 $185.21

With Dependents (Including Children)

The 2023 VA disability pay chart for ratings between 30% and 60% is listed below for veterans with dependent children.

Dependent Status 30% rating compensation in USD 40% rating compensation in USD 50% rating compensation in USD 60% rating compensation in USD
Veteran with 1 dependent only (child) $548.05 $785.86 $1,108.82 $1,400.65
Veteran with 1 child and spouse $612.05 $870.86 $1,215.82 $1,528.65
With 1 child, a spouse, and 1 parent $660.05 $934.86 $1,296.82 $1,625.65
With 1 child, a spouse, and 2 parents $708.05 $998.86 $1,377.82 $1,722.65
With 1 child and 1 parent only $596.05 $849.86 $1,189.82 $1,497.65
With 1 child and 2 parents only $644.05 $913.86 $1,270.82 $1,594.65

Children and a spouse may qualify a veteran for added amounts to monthly payments, including:

Dependent Status 30% rating compensation in USD 40% rating compensation in USD 50% rating compensation in USD 60% rating compensation in USD
Added amount for each additional child under 18 years old $30.00 $40.00 $50.00 $60.00
Each additional child over age 18 in a qualifying school program $97.00 $129.00 $162.00 $194.00
Spouse receives Aid and Attendance $56.00 $74.00 $93.00 $111.00

The 2023 VA disability pay chart for ratings between 70% to 100% is listed below for veterans with dependent children.

Dependent Status 70% rating compensation in USD 80% rating compensation in USD 90% rating compensation in USD 100% rating compensation in USD
Veteran with 1 dependent only (child) $1,757.06 $2,041.15 $2,293.39 $3,757.00
Veteran with 1 child and spouse $1,907.06 $2,212.15 $2,486.39 $3,971.78
With 1 child, a spouse, and 1 parent $2,020.06 $2,341.15 $2,631.39 $4,133.85
With 1 child, a spouse, and 2 parents $2,133.06 $2,470.15 $2,776.39 $4,295.92
With 1 child and 1 parent only $1,870.06 $2,170.15 $2,438.39 $3,919.07
With 1 child and 2 parents only $1,983.06 $2,299.15 $2,583.39 $4,081.14

Veterans who qualify for added amounts for dependent children and a spouse can see the compensation rates below.

Dependent Status 70% rating compensation in USD 80% rating compensation in USD 90% rating compensation in USD 100% rating compensation in USD
Added amount for each additional child under 18 years old $70.00 $80.00 $90.00 $100.34
Each additional child over age 18 in a qualifying school program $226.00 $259.00 $291.00 $324.12
Spouse receives Aid and Attendance $130.00 $148.00 $167.00 $185.21

Filing for VA Benefits

If you served as a member of the armed forces or National Guard, there are many ways to receive benefits from the VA. Disability compensation is a tax-free monthly payment to Veterans who were sickened or injured while serving, or if their service made an existing condition worse. Veterans can apply for VA disability benefits directly on the Veterans Affairs website.

Your monthly benefit amount can increase if you develop a new service-related condition or your preexisting illness worsens after service. Veterans diagnosed with service-related illnesses may be eligible to receive additional financial assistance through legal compensation.

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