Disabled American Veterans
VA Benefits for Disabled American Veterans
DoD Benefits for Disabled American Veterans
Receiving Both DoD and VA Benefits for Disabled American Veterans
Increasing Disability Benefits for Disabled American Veterans
Military Disability Benefits for Disabled American Veterans are given for both VA Disability and DoD Disability. The DoD only gives benefits to Disabled American Veterans for the service-connected conditions that make them Unfit for Duty. The VA, however, will give VA Disability Benefits for every service-connected condition Disabled American Veterans have.
Both the VA and the DoD assign Military Disability Ratings to all of the Disabled American Veteran’s conditions that qualify for disability. These ratings determine the exact type and amount of Military Disability Benefits the Disabled American Veteran receives.
VA Benefits for Disabled American Veterans:
The monetary amount of the monthly VA Disability Benefits that are given to Disabled American Veterans is the same across the board for everyone, but does change if the veteran has dependents, is married, etc. Our VA Disability Chart outlines all the current VA Disability Rates.
The VA also gives Special Monthly Compensation to seriously Disabled American Veterans who qualify.
DoD Benefits for Disabled American Veterans:
The exact type and amount of benefits Disabled American Veterans receive for DoD Disability depends on whether Disabled American Veterans are medically separated or medically retired.
If Disabled American Veterans are given a Total Combined Military Disability Rating of 0%, 10%, or 20% from the DoD, it constitutes being medically separated.
Disabled American Veterans with a 0% rating receive no compensation or benefits from the DoD at all.
In the case of 10% or 20% ratings, Disabled American Veterans are given a one-time payment for compensation. This payment for medical separation equals basic pay for 2 months for each year of service for a max of 12 years. So, if the service member put in 15 years, he’d still only get 12-years worth.
For example, if Sheila was in the military for 5 years and her basic pay when she left the military was $500/month, she would receive $5,000 (2 months = $1,000, for 5 years = $5,000).
If Disabled American Veterans are given a Total Combined Military Disability Rating of 30% or higher, then they are medically retired. All medically retired Disabled American Veterans receive full medical coverage in addition to a monthly payment for life.
To figure out the amount of the monthly payment, first find the average monthly salary the veteran received during his last three years in the military. Then find the percentage of that average based on the veteran’s rating percentage.
So, if Jared’s monthly average salary for his last 3 years in the military is $500, and he was given a total rating of 50%, he will receive $250/month for life (50% of $500 = $250).
Receiving Both DoD and VA Benefits for Disabled American Veterans:
Disabled American Veterans cannot receive monetary benefits from both the DoD and the VA. Instead, whatever money they receive from the VA will decrease the amount of the money they receive from the DoD (this includes both disability and retirement).
While it may not seem quite fair, there is a definite benefit for Disabled American Veterans: VA money is not taxable, while DoD money is. So, taxable money is being replaced by non-taxable.
If Disabled American Veterans qualify for Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay (CRDP) or Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC), they can receive the full compensation from both the DoD and the VA.
Increasing Disability Benefits for Disabled American Veterans:
This website is specifically designed to enable this process. Once they fully understand the DoD Disability Process and the VA Disability Process, Disabled American Veterans can take control of their disability by Finding Their Conditions on our site to discover the exact information that Rating Authorities need to rate the conditions. With all this information, Disabled American Veterans should then be able to compile all the evidence needed to submit an appeal to have their ratings increased.