2016-17 VA Disability Rates

2016 VA disability rate tables for veterans with a disability rating of 10 percent or higher.  Eligible veterans with disabilities can receive up to $3,423.98 per month as a tax free monetary benefit. Veterans with disabilities can use the following VA disability charts to determine how much financial assistance they are eligible for.

2016 VA disability rates are the same as 2015 as the inflation measure used by the Social Security Administration showed a negative inflation rate. However, benefits cannot be decreased despite a negative inflation measurement. VA disability rate increases are determined by Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA).

2017 VA Disability rates are currently projected to see a small increase.  Based on inflation data through July & August the COLA increase would be at 0.3%. There is one month left in the comparison period where a higher inflation could occur.

To calculate the 2016 VA disability rate increase, if any, the average of the indices of July, August, and September 2015 are compared with the 2014 3rd quarter average.
2017 COLA Effective & Payment Dates:
  • Retired military veterans, VA rates for compensation and pension for disabled veterans and surviving families will go into effect on December 1, 2016 and will be reflected on the first check to be paid on December 31, 2016.
  • Social Security benefits did not increase for 2016.
  • Federal SSI payment levels will be effective for payments made for January 2017.

As tax reminder, do not include VA disability benefits as gross income on income tax statements.

2016 VA Disability Rates (2017  disability rates will be released in late October 2016)

Rates below were effective 12/1/2014.

Basic Rates – 10% – 100% Combined Degree Only.

10% – 20% (No Dependents)
Percentage Rate
10% $133.17
20% $263.23

 

30% – 60% Without Children
Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60%
Veteran Alone $407.75 $587.36 $836.13 $1,059.09
Veteran with Spouse Only $455.75 $651.36 $917.13 $1,156.09
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $494.75 $703.36 $982.13 $1,234.09
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $533.74 $755.36 $1,047.13 $1,312.09
Veteran with One Parent $446.75 $639.36 $901.13 $1,137.09
Veteran with Two Parents $485.75 $691.36 $966.13 $1,215.09
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $44.00 $59.00* $74.00 $89.00

 

70% – 100% Without Children
Dependent Status 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran Alone $1,334.71 $1,551.48 $1,743.48 $2,906.83
Veteran with Spouse Only $1,447.71 $1,680.48 $1,888.48 $3,068.90
Veteran with Spouse and One Parent $1,538.71 $1,784.48 $2,005.48 $3,198.96
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $1,629.71 $1,888.48 $2,122.48 $3,329.02
Veteran with One Parent $1,425.71 $1,655.48 $1,860.48 $3,036.89
Veteran with Two Parents $1,516.71 $1,759.48 $1,977.48 $3,166.95
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $104.00 $118.00 $133.00 $148.64

 

30% – 60% With Children
Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60%
Veteran with Spouse and Child $491.75 $699.36 $976.13 $1,227.09
Veteran with Child Only $439.75 $630.36 $890.13 $1,124.09
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $530.75 $751.36 $1,041.13 $1,305.09
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $569.75 $803.36 $1,106.13 $1,383.09
Veteran with One Parent and Child $478.75 $682.36 $955.13 $,1202.09
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $517.75 $734.36 $1,020.13 $1,280.09
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $24.00 $32.00 $40.00 $48.00
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $78.00 $104.00 $130.00 $156.00
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $44.00 $59.00 $74.00 $89.00

 

70% – 100% With Children
Dependent Status 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran with Spouse and Child $1,530.71 $1,775.48 $1,995.48 $3,187.60
Veteran with Child Only $1409.71 $1,637.48 $1,840.48 $3,015.22
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $1,621.71 $1,879.48 $2,112.48 $3,317.66
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $1,712.71 $1,983.48 $2,229.48 $3,447.72
Veteran with One Parent and Child $1,500.71 $1,741.48 $1,957.48 $3145.28
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $1,591.71 $1,845.48 $2,074.48 $3,275.34
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $56.00 $64.00 $72.00 $80.52
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $182.00 $208.00 $234.00 $260.13
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b) $104.00 $118.00 $133.00 $148.64

FOOTNOTES:

a. Rates for each school-aged child are shown separately. They are not included with any other compensation 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, $ 1,642.71, and add the rate for one school child, $182.00. The total amount payable is $1,824.71.

b. Where the veteran has a spouse who is determined to require A/A, add the figure shown as “additional for 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 $104.00, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran with dependency code 12, $1,586.71. The total amount payable is $1,690.71.

Historical Rate Tables

2014
2013

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