Top 20 VA Disability Claims and Their Ratings | CCK Law (2022)

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Veterans often experience certain medical conditions at higher rates than their civilian counterparts due to events occurring during military service. Each fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs publishes an Annual Benefits Report listing the most common service-related disabilities among veterans for that year.

According to VA’s 2020 Annual Benefits Report, the following are the top 20 VA disability claims.

1. Tinnitus VA Claims

Generally, tinnitus refers to the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. It is often a symptom of an underlying condition, such as hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder.

Common symptoms of tinnitus include phantom noises in the ears such as ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, and humming.

Veterans do not need a specific diagnosis of tinnitus to be granted service connection. They can provide a subjective report of their symptomatology, which is enough to show they meet the rating criteria.

VA rates tinnitus under 38 CFR § 4.87, Diagnostic Code 6260. The highest schedular rating for tinnitus is 10 percent, which takes both ears into account. It is rare that a veteran receives a higher rating on an extraschedular basis.

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2. Hearing Loss VA Claims

Hearing loss involves muffling of speech and other sounds; difficulty understanding words, trouble hearing consonants; frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly, and loudly; withdrawal from conversations; and avoidance of some social settings. These symptoms can significantly impact a veteran’s quality of life and daily functioning.

Hearing loss is categorized into three main types: conductive (involves outer or middle ear), sensorineural (involves inner ear), and mixed (a combination of the two). Common causes of hearing loss include damage to the inner ear, earwax buildup, ear infection, and ruptured eardrum.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, veterans are 30 percent more likely than non-veterans to have severe hearing impairment.

Ratings for hearing loss are primarily based on two auditory tests, which VA requires to confirm a hearing loss diagnosis:

  • Speech discrimination (Maryland CNC Test)
  • Pure tone threshold (Puretone Audiometric Test)

Ratings can range from 0 to 100 percent; however, most veterans receive between 0 and 10 percent.

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3. Limitation of Flexion of the Knee VA Disability Claims

Limitation of flexion of the knee refers to the range of motion of the knee as the veteran moves it or curls it inward towards the body.

How VA Rates Limitation of Flexion of the Knee

Generally, VA rates this condition as a musculoskeletal condition based on the range of motion that exists as the veteran moves their knee in that direction. VA looks at the range of motion in degrees rather than the pain caused by the motion.

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Limitation of flexion of the knee is rated under 38 CFR § 4.71a, Diagnostic Code 5260, at 0, 10, 20, or 30 percent. The most common rating VA assigns for this condition is 10 percent.

4. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) VA Claims

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that results from experiencing a distressing, shocking, or otherwise traumatic event.

The symptoms and severity of PTSD vary from person to person; however, the most common symptoms include:

  • Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive, distressing recollections of the event, flashbacks, and nightmares
  • Emotional numbness and avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma
  • Increased arousal such as difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily irritated and angered

To establish service connection for PTSD, veterans must verify an in-service stressor that they believe caused their PTSD. This must be corroborated through evidence, such as lay statements detailing the occurrence.

VA rates PTSD under the Schedule of Ratings for Mental Disorders, 38 CFR § 4.130, Diagnostic Code 9411, at 0, 30, 50, 70, or 100 percent. Ratings are based on the level of social and occupational impairment, as well as the frequency, duration, and severity of symptoms.

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5. Lumbosacral and Cervical Strain VA Claims

Veterans often suffer from back pain caused by a variety of back conditions, such as lumbosacral and cervical strains.

Veterans generally attend a to measure how far they can bend forwards, backwards, and side to side using a goniometer. VA determines the severity of a veteran’s back condition based on the range of motion measurements provided by the examiner.

VA rates back conditions, such as lumbar and cervical strains, under 38 CFR § 4.71a, Schedule of Ratings, Musculoskeletal System, and the criteria is based largely on a veteran’s range of motion. Ratings range from 0 to 100 percent.

6. VA Disability Claims for Scars

Veterans can receive service connection for scars that result from their time in military service, or from service-connected conditions that required surgery.

Scar disabilities are rated under 38 CFR §4.118, Diagnostic Codes 7800-7805. Scars are rated based on the number of scars or disfigurements a veteran has, the area of the body affected, their permanence, and the presence of pain or instability.

Scars on the head, face, or neck are rated based on skin loss and how many facial features have been disfigured. Ratings for scars on areas of the body other than the head, face, or neck are generally based on the size of the scar.

Scars can be rated anywhere from 0 to 80 percent, depending on the diagnostic code.

7. VA Claims for Paralysis of the Sciatic Nerve

Sciatica is a nerve condition in which pain radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, traveling from the lower back down through the legs. It occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or pinched.

Common symptoms of sciatica include numbness, tingling, burning sensation, and muscle weakness.

Paralysis of the sciatic nerve, the most severe form of sciatica, is very common amongst veterans, primarily because it is linked to back and neck issues.

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VA rates sciatica under 38 CFR § 4.124a, Schedule of Ratings, Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders. Specifically, paralysis of the sciatic nerve is rated under Diagnostic Code 8520 at 10, 20, 40, 60, or 80 percent.

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8. Limitation of Motion in the Ankle VA Claims

Limitation of motion in the ankle usually develops following an ankle sprain that did not adequately heal or was not rehabilitated completely. Many veterans suffer from ankle injuries due to the physical demands of military training and service.

Limitation of motion in the ankle is usually rated under 38 CFR § 4.71, Schedule of Ratings, Musculoskeletal System, Diagnostic Code 5271, at 10 or 20 percent.

9. VA Claims for Migraines

Migraines are recurring, intense, and frequent headaches that can be completely debilitating. Symptoms can include pain, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, lightheadedness, and blurred vision.

Some factors which may contribute to the higher rate of migraines among veterans include noise exposure, intense or stressful situations, and traumatic brain injury.

VA rates migraine headaches under 38 C.F.R. 4.124a, Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Diagnostic Code 8100. Migraines are rated at 0, 10, 30, or 50 percent depending on the severity and frequency of the migraines.

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10. Limitation of Motion of the Arm Claims

Typically, limitation of motion of the arm develops when an injury in the arm or shoulder has not healed fully or not been rehabilitated adequately. Repeated injuries can further increase instability in the shoulder or arm and limit the range of motion.

Common causes of arm conditions include:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Forms of physical training
  • Scar tissue in muscles
  • A fall, impact, or accident

VA uses 38 CFR § 4.71a, Diagnostic Code 5201, to rate limitation of the arm at a 20, 30, or 40 percent. VA takes into consideration whether the veteran’s dominant or non-dominant arm is affected and how severely it is limited.

11. Sleep Apnea VA Claims

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is repeatedly interrupted during the course of the night. There are three main types:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, occurs when the throat muscles intermittently relax and block the airway during sleep.
  • Central sleep apneaoccurs when the brain does not send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
  • Complex (mixed) sleep apneaoccurs when someone has both obstructive and central sleep apnea.

For mild cases of sleep apnea, doctors may suggest lifestyle changes such as losing weight or quitting smoking, if applicable. In more serious cases, doctors may prescribe the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.

To confirm a sleep apnea diagnosis for VA disability compensation purposes, VA requires that a sleep study be conducted.

Sleep apnea is rated under 38 CFR § 4.97, Diagnostic Code 6847 at 0, 30, 50, or 100 percent depending on the severity.

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12. Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine VA Disability Claims

Degenerative arthritis occurs when the cartilage between joints erodes over time resulting in joint stiffness, limited mobility, and pain. It usually occurs in weight-bearing joints, such as the back, hips, or knees.

Degenerative arthritis is rated based on the limitation of range of motion of the affected joint(s) under 38 CFR § 4.71a at 10 or 20 percent.

13. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) VA Claims

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by many factors – such as a blow to the head or an object penetrating the brain – and may result in brain dysfunction. Common causes include motor vehicle accidents and combat exposure.

Symptoms of TBI may include short-term memory loss, inability to follow directions, headaches, and personality changes.

VA rates TBIs based on the residual symptoms a veteran is currently experiencing due to the trauma under 38 CFR § 4.124a.

Rating criteria for TBI residuals are divided into 10 subcategories to evaluate the condition based on the level of severity and impairment in each area. Ratings range from 0 to 100 percent.

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14. VA Claims for Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)

Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects the way a person thinks, feels, and acts. Symptoms of depression may include feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and hopelessness; lack of motivation or interest; sleep and concentration issues; change in appetite; irritability; and fatigue.

Depression is rated under 38 CFR § 4.130, the General Rating Formula for Mental Health Disorders, at 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, or 100 percent depending on the level of social and occupational impairment.

15. VA Claims for Respiratory Conditions

Respiratory conditions – asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory cancers, and more – are common among veterans due to in-service exposure to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other airborne hazards.

VA presumptive service connection (i.e., Agent Orange presumptions or the new particulate matter presumption) does exist for some respiratory conditions if the veteran meets certain qualifying criteria.

How VA Rates Respiratory Conditions

VA rates respiratory conditions under 38 CFR § 4.97. The range of possible ratings depends on the specific condition and the diagnostic code used.

Asthma, for example, is rated under Diagnostic Code 6602 from 0 to 100 percent. Allergic rhinitis is rated under Diagnostic Code 6522 at 10 or 30 percent.

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16. Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Claims

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that causes a person to experience increased blood glucose levels due to insulin resistance or deficiency.

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Diabetes mellitus type 2 is included in VA’s list of presumptive conditions associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides.

Type 2 diabetes is rated under 38 CFR § 4.119, Diagnostic Code 7913 at 10, 20, 40, 60, or 100 percent.

17. VA Cancer Claims

There are a number of different types of cancers that veterans may develop as a result of their service, including lung cancer, prostate cancer, brain cancer, leukemias, and more.

One of the most common ways that cancer stems from a veteran’s service is due to toxic exposure. Veterans who served during the Vietnam War Era may qualify for presumptive service connection based on Agent Orange exposure. VA outlines the criteria for presumptive service connection for Agent Orange under 38 CFR § 3.309, which includes the following cancers as presumptive conditions:

  • Chronic B-cell leukemia
  • Soft-tissue sarcoma
  • Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma

If a veteran is service connected for an active cancer, VA should automatically assign a 100 percent disability rating. This rating continues for as long as the cancer is active, and for another six months following the successful completion of a treatment program (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery).

After that, VA schedules a C&P exam to evaluate the current status of their condition. If the cancer is in remission, VA evaluates its residuals and grants a disability rating accordingly. Ratings range from 0 to 100 percent for residuals.

18. Pes Planus (Flat Feet) VA Claims

Pes planus, or flat feet, is a common foot deformity in which the arch of the foot is flattened to the point where it touches, or nearly touches, the ground.

Most of the time, those with flat feet do not experience serious symptoms and treatment may not be necessary. However, those with more severe cases may experience symptoms such as:

  • Feet tiring out easily
  • Aches or pains in the areas of the arches or heels
  • Foot swelling
  • Difficulty performing certain foot movements, such as standing on your toes
  • Leg and back pain

VA rates veterans with flat feet under 38 CFR § 4.71a, Diagnostic Code 5276 at 0, 10, 20 30, or 50 percent.

19. Anxiety Claims

Anxiety is defined as intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Symptoms can include restlessness, trouble concentrating, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, and more.

VA uses the General Rating Formula for Mental Health Disorders under 38 CFR § 4.130 to assign a rating at 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, or 100 percent based on social and occupational impairment.

20. Secondary Conditions for Service Connection

Many veterans are service-connected on a secondary basis for conditions stemming from an already service-connected condition.

Secondary conditions can include any number of conditions. Some common secondary conditions are:

  • Radiculopathy secondary to back pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy secondary to diabetes mellitus type 2
  • Hypertension secondary to PTSD
  • Depression secondary to Parkinson’s disease or cancer

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FAQs

What is the most approved VA disability? ›

A 100% VA Disability Rating is the highest combined rating a veteran can receive for VA Disability. It is also known as a Total Rating.

What does 80% disability get you in VA? ›

About 80 Percent VA Disability Ratings

Veterans that obtain an 80 percent VA Disability rating receive $1,778.43 a month from the Veterans Administration. Eligible disabled veterans may also be able to receive extra monthly compensation for dependent children and parents.

How do I get 100 percent VA disability? ›

A key component impacting the rating is how much the conditions affect a veteran's ability to work. Attaining a 100 percent disability rating means that you must prove that you are physically and/or mentally impaired to such a degree that it is impossible for you to maintain a substantially gainful occupation.

Is sleep apnea a permanent VA disability? ›

Can the VA Take Away My Sleep Apnea Rating? Since the condition is not considered a permanent VA disability, you can have your rating taken away by the VA. If the condition resolves over time, and you are reevaluated to not have sleep apnea any more, you will no longer be able to claim that rating for compensation.

How far back does VA disability back pay go? ›

This is within the 1-year mark, so his date of eligibility for VA Disability Back Pay is his date of separation. It takes another 9 months before the VA's Rating Decision is reached. Ben will receive VA Disability Back Pay for the entire 18 months between his date of separation and the VA's rating decision.

What are high value VA claims? ›

Therefore, mental health conditions, including PTSD, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, somatic symptom disorder, among others, are “high-value” claims. We call mental health conditions high-value claims because they have a very high likelihood of getting rated at 30% or more.

Is erectile dysfunction secondary to PTSD? ›

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Secondary to PTSD

Some veterans can experience ED as a result of the emotional stress caused by their PTSD, while others may find ED to be a side effect of PTSD medication. There is no specific disability rating for erectile dysfunction. Instead, VA rates the condition under 38 C.F.R.

What VA disability is easy to get? ›

Limitation of Motion of the Arm – 661,045

Of these, Tinnitus is by far the easiest VA disability claim to get approved, with a total of 2,327,387 veterans service connected for the condition.

At what age does VA disability stop? ›

When veterans reach age 67, all VA disability payments would revert to the amount associated with the rated disability level; veterans age 67 or older who are already receiving IU payments would no longer receive them after the effective date of the option.

What happens to my VA disability when I turn 65? ›

Even after veterans reach full retirement age, VA's disability payments continue at the same level. By contrast, the income that people receive after they retire (from Social Security or private pensions) usually is less than their earnings from wages and salary before retirement.

Can a 100 disabled veteran work? ›

Veterans rated with a 100% Permanent and Total VA disability rating do not face any restrictions on work activity, unless the veteran was awarded this rating through Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).

How do I maximize my VA disability? ›

How Do I Increase My VA Disability Rating?
  1. Filing an appeal within VA's deadlines.
  2. Filing a new claim for an increased rating.
  3. Filing for TDIU, or total disability based on individual unemployability.
  4. Filing for secondary service connection.

How much is social security for disabled veterans? ›

The average SSDI benefit in April 2022 was $1,361 a month. VA disability compensation is determined by the rating the agency assigns to your condition. In 2022 payments for a veteran with no spouse or children can range from $152.64 per month for a 10 percent disability to $3,332.06 for a 100 percent disability.

How does a VA disability go from 60 to 100? ›

If veterans are trying to get a 100 percent VA disability rating, and they do not have a 100 percent rating for any one service-connected condition, the only way to get there is to reach a combined disability rating of 95 percent or higher according to VA math.

What is the average VA rating for sleep apnea? ›

The most common rating for service-connected sleep apnea is 50 percent based on needing a CPAP.

Is snoring a VA disability? ›

While snoring alone is not enough to get you VA benefits, it may be a symptom of a more significant problem. Snoring is included as one of the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a compensable claim under the Code of Federal Regulations. Some other OSA symptoms include: Daytime fatigue.

What is the highest VA rating for sleep apnea? ›

How Sleep Apnea VA Ratings Are Decided. VA rates sleep apnea for veterans' disability under 38 CFR § 4.97, Diagnostic Code 6847. With the highest possible rating being 100% and the lowest being 0%.

What is the 55 year old rule for VA disability? ›

What is the VA 55-year-old rule? Veterans who receive VA disability benefits for service-connected conditions are exempt from periodic future examinations once they turn 55 years old. This includes veterans who will be 55 by the date of a future examination, according to the VA Adjudication Procedures Manual.

How long before VA disability becomes permanent? ›

Your condition is static (unchanging); Your condition has “persisted without material improvement for a period of five years or more” (i.e., stabilized rating); The “disability from disease is permanent in character and of such nature that there is no likelihood of improvement;”

Is VA disability back pay paid in a lump sum? ›

Is VA Disability back pay paid in a lump sum? Yes. The lump sum payment for benefits that have been accumulating since the filing of a granted claim is known as back pay or retroactive compensation. After the receipt of benefits, retroactive payments come in a single amount, typically in one payment at once.

What is the average VA rating for depression? ›

70% VA Rating

Those who receive this rating are almost always in a state of disabling panic or depression. Veterans at this level of disability often struggle to control their emotions, leading to frequent violent outbursts and conflicts with other people.

Is erectile dysfunction a service connected disability? ›

Erectile dysfunction is a condition that can stand in the way of a happy, fulfilling life. If you developed erectile dysfunction during or after your military service, you may qualify to receive VA disability benefits.

What do I say to get 70 PTSD compensation? ›

If you think you deserve a PTSD increase from 50% to 70%, you'll want to write a strong and truthful personal VA statement in support of a claim, focusing on your current mental health symptoms and how those symptoms affect you in negative ways.

Does Viagra work for PTSD? ›

Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that sildenafil citrate treatment for ED in PTSD patients was accompanied with improvement of ED symptoms and was found to be significantly better than placebo.

Why do veterans have erectile dysfunction? ›

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction for Veterans

ED may be considered a service-connected disability for the following reasons: It is a secondary effect of a service-connected condition such as PTSD. It is a side effect of a medication used to treat a service-connected condition such as depression, anxiety, or diabetes.

What kind of trauma causes ED? ›

Erectile dysfunction can happen after trauma, particularly with vertebral, pelvic, or perineal injuries. Penile Doppler ultrasonographic (US) findings in these patients are various, from normal to serious arterial impairment, according to the severity and type of injury.

Is obesity a VA disability? ›

Rather, so long as the condition results in “functional impairment of earning capacity,” it is a disability that can be service-connected. Therefore, veterans can now be service-connected for obesity, pain even in the absence of a diagnosis or identifiable cause, or other conditions not included in the rating schedule.

What is VA rating for insomnia? ›

Therefore, the disability will be rated by analogy to mental health disorders. 38 C.F.R. § 4.20 (2013). In an October 2012 rating decision, the RO granted an increased disability rating of 10 percent for insomnia, effective July 9, 2012.

Why does the VA deny so many claims? ›

The Veteran Affairs website reports that 75 percent of all initial applications for VA benefits are denied. These applications are often denied because they have incomplete information or lack necessary documentation. Other reasons for denial include: Not enough evidence to support your disability.

Do I get my husband's VA benefits if he dies? ›

A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans who meet certain income and net worth limits set by Congress. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

Can my wife take my VA disability in a divorce? ›

Federal law is very clear that VA disability benefits are not a marital asset. That legal guidance is found in the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act (USFSPA), which exempts VA disability benefits from being considered marital property.

Can a 70 disabled veteran get Social Security? ›

The veteran would have to be insured for disability in order to qualify for Disability Insurance ( DI ) worker benefits and could not be engaged in substantial gainful activity ( SGA ).
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VA disability rating2014 monthly compensation level ($)
40%578
50%822
60%1,041
70%1,312
7 more rows

Why are there so many disabled veterans? ›

Less restrictive and more liberal laws have led to the explosion of disability claims by veterans. During the Revolutionary War, disability payments came only when a service man lost a limb, but now, problems stemming from diabetes and sleep apnea, just to list two examples, are basis for disabled veterans claims.

Can you live off of VA disability? ›

Yes, it is possible to receive VA disability benefits for life. However, you are not guaranteed VA disability benefits for life.

Can disabled veterans get Social Security? ›

To be approved for Social Security benefits, you must meet Social Security's definition of "disability." To be found disabled: You must be unable to do substantial work because of your medical condition(s); and. Your medical condition(s) must have lasted, or be expected to last, at least one year or to result in death.

Do 100 disabled veterans pay federal income tax? ›

Disability benefits you receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aren't taxable. You don't need to include them as income on your tax return. Tax-free disability benefits include: disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to veterans or their families.

Do spouses of 100% disabled veterans get benefits? ›

Spouses and children of disabled veterans may be eligible for reimbursement for inpatient and outpatient services, prescription medications, medical equipment, nursing care, and mental health care as long as the following remains true: The veteran and their spouse remain married.

Can the VA take away 100 permanent and total disability? ›

Yes, the VA can take away a 100 permanent and total disability rating!

What is the most approved VA disability? ›

A 100% VA Disability Rating is the highest combined rating a veteran can receive for VA Disability. It is also known as a Total Rating.

What does 80 VA disability get you? ›

Veterans that obtain an 80 percent VA Disability rating receive $1,778.43 a month from the Veterans Administration. Eligible disabled veterans may also be able to receive extra monthly compensation for dependent children and parents.

Is High Blood Pressure a VA disability? ›

Hypertension as a VA Disability

Hypertensive vascular disease (hypertension and isolated systolic hypertension) is considered a potential VA disability under the Federal Schedule for Rating Disabilities, Code 7101 (Diseases of the Heart).

Can veterans fly for free? ›

Service members and their families can use Space-Available flights – formally known as Military Airlift Command or MAC flights – to travel around the country and world at little or no cost.

Is there really a $16728 Social Security bonus? ›

You can receive as much as a $16,728 bonus or more every year. A particular formula will determine the money you'll receive in your retirement process. You must know the hacks for generating higher future payments.

How many veterans have a 100% disability rating? ›

Number of veterans who had a 100 percent disability rating: 1,180.

Why is 100 VA disability so hard? ›

As you might expect, it is difficult to obtain a 100% VA disability rating with just one service-connected disability. Most veterans who receive a 100% rating have two or more disabling conditions. Often, these conditions have a secondary service connection.

What are high value VA claims? ›

Disabling mental health conditions are generally regarded as “high-value” claims. This is because mental health issues are much more likely than neurological, skin, auditory, or most musculoskeletal conditions to receive a disability rating of 30% or higher.

How do I get 70% disability? ›

Individual Unemployability

To qualify, a veteran either needs to have one service-connected disability rated at least at 60% or two or more service-connected disabilities with at least one disability rated at 40% or more with a combined rating of at least 70%.

How many veterans rated 100 disabled? ›

Number of veterans who had a 70 to 90 percent disability rating: 2,420. Number of veterans who had a 100 percent disability rating: 1,180.

What is the average VA disability payment? ›

50 percent disability rating: $958.44 per month. 60 percent disability rating: $1,214.03 per month. 70 percent disability rating: $1,529.95 per month. 80 percent disability rating: $1,778.43 per month.

What is the average disability rating for veterans? ›

The average combined VA disability rating for all veterans, across all demographics, is currently 10%, which equates to $140.05/month in 2019.

What percent of VA disability claims are approved? ›

You've been waiting for months to qualify for VA disability benefits, and then you get the news: the VA has denied your claim. The VA denies around 30% of disability claims each year. It can be frustrating to learn that your claim for VA compensation was denied.

What age does VA disability stop? ›

When veterans reach age 67, all VA disability payments would revert to the amount associated with the rated disability level; veterans age 67 or older who are already receiving IU payments would no longer receive them after the effective date of the option.

Why is 100 VA disability so hard? ›

As you might expect, it is difficult to obtain a 100% VA disability rating with just one service-connected disability. Most veterans who receive a 100% rating have two or more disabling conditions. Often, these conditions have a secondary service connection.

Can a 70 disabled veteran get Social Security? ›

The veteran would have to be insured for disability in order to qualify for Disability Insurance ( DI ) worker benefits and could not be engaged in substantial gainful activity ( SGA ).
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VA disability rating2014 monthly compensation level ($)
40%578
50%822
60%1,041
70%1,312
7 more rows

Does VA disability count as income? ›

VA Disability Benefits

Disability benefits you receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aren't taxable. You don't need to include them as income on your tax return. Tax-free disability benefits include: disability compensation and pension payments for disabilities paid either to veterans or their families.

What is the 55 year old rule for VA disability? ›

What is the VA 55-year-old rule? Veterans who receive VA disability benefits for service-connected conditions are exempt from periodic future examinations once they turn 55 years old. This includes veterans who will be 55 by the date of a future examination, according to the VA Adjudication Procedures Manual.

What is the average rating for PTSD? ›

What is the Average VA Disability Rating for PTSD? On average, most veterans who receive VA disability for their service-connected PTSD are rated at the 70 percent level.

Can a 100 disabled veteran work? ›

Veterans rated with a 100% Permanent and Total VA disability rating do not face any restrictions on work activity, unless the veteran was awarded this rating through Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).

What percentage of VA appeals are successful? ›

Historically, the VA disability appeal success rate for veterans has been considered relatively low. According to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2021 recorded a 32% acceptance rate for legacy decisions and 38.1% for AMA decisions.

How can I maximize my VA disability? ›

How Do I Increase My VA Disability Rating?
  1. Filing an appeal within VA's deadlines.
  2. Filing a new claim for an increased rating.
  3. Filing for TDIU, or total disability based on individual unemployability.
  4. Filing for secondary service connection.

Why does the VA deny so many claims? ›

The Veteran Affairs website reports that 75 percent of all initial applications for VA benefits are denied. These applications are often denied because they have incomplete information or lack necessary documentation. Other reasons for denial include: Not enough evidence to support your disability.

Can the VA deny a nexus letter? ›

If you seek VA disability benefits, you must have a medical nexus letter. This letter connects your current medical condition and either a service-connected condition or an event related to your military service. Without this letter, your claim may be denied.

Why do PTSD claims get denied? ›

One of the most common reasons the VA gives for denying PTSD claims is lack of evidence. Obtaining the evidence the VA wants to see to approve a claim can be a challenge; however, it is possible. A knowledgeable PTSD appeals attorney can help veterans present a compelling application while saving them time and stress.

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