Disability Compensation Fact Sheet
This Department has three accredited staff members to assist you in applying for VA Disability Compensation. Counselors will assist you in the preparation, completion, filing and monitoring of you claim for benefits with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
Keep in mind that if you are currently service connected for a disability or disease and that condition has increased in severity it may be in your best interest to request an increase for your service connected disability.
If you are hospitalized for a period of more than 21 days for a service connected condition you are eligible for a total disability rating of 100%.
If you have surgery on a service connected disability that necessitates at least one month convalescence you are eligible for a total disability rating of 100% for the convalescence period.
On original claims for compensation, VA will make a determination if your claimed condition is considered “service connected” and then rate that condition on a scale of 0% to 100%. If you have more than one service connected rating a combined rating will be determined (not by adding the individual ratings). The combined rating is then paid based on VA Rate Tables. An additional monetary award is granted for those veterans who have dependents and are rated 30% or greater.
38 CFR Book C - Schedule for Rating Disabilities – is the guidelines that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs uses to grant the percentage of disability for each specific condition that is grant service connection.
VA Rate Tables – these are the “pay charts” that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs uses to determine how much a veteran is paid. Note that if a veteran has more than one disability, these disabilities are combined using a formula (not added) to determine what is called a combined rating.
If your service connected disability rating is less than 100% and it prevents you from gainful employment you may be eligible for Total Disability Individual Unemployability (TDIU)
. TDIU or IU for short will pay a veteran at the 100% rate even through their rating or combined rating is less than 100%. Note that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs uses only disabilities that are rated service connected for consideration of the TDIU benefit.