2019 VA Disability Compensation Rates – Updated Veterans Compensation Benefits Rate Tables

The 2019 VA Disability Compensation Rates are effective as of Dec. 1, 2018. If you receive VA disability pay, you will notice the increased amount in your first check in January 2019. There was a 2.8% increase from 2018, the largest such cost of living adjustment (COLA) since 2012. The government uses the same COLA rates for military retiree pay and several other government benefits.

While 2.8% may not seem like much on the surface, it adds up over time!

2019 VA Disability Compensation Rates

Here are the 2019 VA disability compensation rates.

They are divided into three major sections:

  • 10% – 20% (Having dependents doesn’t impact these compensation rates)
  • Without Children
  • With Children

Having dependents on your VA Disability Claim increases compensation rates for veterans with a disability rating of 30% or greater.

VA Disability Compensation Rates – 10% – 20% (No Dependents)


VA Disability Compensation Rates – 30% – 60% Without Children

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran Alone$428.83$617.73$879.36$1,113.86
Veteran with Spouse Only$479.83$685.73$964.36$1,215.86
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$520.83$739.73$1,032.36$1,297.86
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$561.83$793.73$1,100.36$1,379.86
Veteran with One Parent$469.83$671.73$947.36$1,195.86
Veteran with Two Parents$510.83$725.73$1,015.36$1,277.86
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)$47.00$62.00$78.00$94.00

VA Disability Compensation Rates – 70% – 100% Without Children

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran Alone$1,403.71$1,631.69$1,833.62$3,057.13
Veteran with Spouse Only$1,522.71$1,767.69$1,986.62$3,227.58
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent$1,617.71$1,876.69$2,109.62$3,364.37
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents$1,712.71$1,985.69$2,232.62$3,501.16
Veteran with One Parent$1,498.71$1,740.69$1,956.62$3,193.92
Veteran with Two Parents$1,593.71$1,849.69$2,079.62$3,330.71
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)$109.00$125.00$141.00$156.32

VA Disability Compensation Rates – 30% – 60% With Children

Dependent Status30%40%50%60%
Veteran with Spouse & Child$516.83$735.73$1,026.36$1,290.86
Veteran with Child Only$462.83$662.73$935.36$1,181.86
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$557.83$789.73$1,094.36$1,372.86
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$598.83$843.73$1,162.36$1,454.86
Veteran with One Parent and Child$503.83$716.73$1,003.36$1,263.86
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$544.83$770.73$1,071.36$1,345.86
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$25.00$33.00$42.00$50.00
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a)$82.00$109.00$136.00$164.00
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)$47.00$62.00$78.00$94.00

VA Disability Compensation Rates – 70% – 100% With Children

Dependent Status70%80%90%100%
Veteran with Spouse & Child$1,609.71$1,867.69$2,098.62$3,352.41
Veteran with Child Only$1,482.71$1,722.69$1,935.62$3,171.12
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child$1,704.71$1,976.69$2,221.62$3,489.20
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child$1,799.71$2,085.69$2,344.62$3,625.99
Veteran with One Parent and Child$1,577.71$1,831.69$2,058.62$3,307.91
Veteran with Two Parents and Child$1,672.71$1,940.69$2,181.62$3,444.70
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18$59.00$67.00$76.00$84.69
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a)$191.00$218.00$246.00$273.58
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnote b)$109.00$125.00$141.00$156.32


a. Rates for each school 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, $ 1786.71, and add the rate for one school child, $191.00. The total amount payable is $1977.71.

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 $109.00, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran with dependency code 12, $1,668.71. The total amount payable is $1,777.71.

About VA Service-Connected Disability Ratings

VA Service-Connected Disability Ratings are awarded to veterans on a case by case basis, based upon illnesses or injuries that occurred or were made worse while the member was performing active duty military service. A disability rating can also be awarded to a veteran who was injured or became disabled after receiving VA health care.

VA Service Connected Disability Compensation is Tax-Free

VA Service Connected Disability Compensation is a tax-free benefit which is paid directly to the veteran on a monthly basis. This income does not need to be reported on federal tax returns. Please check with your individual state tax office to determine if this is reportable at the state level.

How VA Disability Compensation Impacts Retirement Pay

Retired military members who are awarded a service-connected disability rating are entitled to receive their disability compensation from the VA. However, military retirees may experience some differences from non-retired veterans.

VA Disability Offset for Military Retirees

There is a federal law on the books which requires military retirees to waive part of their military retirement pay in order to receive VA disability compensation benefits. Military retirees with a disability rating of 40% or less may have their military retirement pay offset by the amount of disability compensation they receive from the VA. In other words, their retirement pay from DFAS will be decreased by the exact amount of money they receive from the VA.

The end result is the same gross payment. However, the VA compensation is tax-free, resulting in a larger overall net payment.

Concurrent Receipt

Military retirees with a disability rating of 50% or greater may be eligible to receive both their full disability income and the full military retirement pay with no offset. This is called Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay (CRDP), or concurrent receipt.

Combat Related Special Compensation

There is another program called Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC), or CRSC (10 U.S. Code § 1413a).

CRSC Benefits replace the VA disability offset for military retirees with combat-related disabilities, allowing military retirees to receive both their full disability compensation and retirement pay, without any offset. This can be applied even at a VA disability rating of less than 50%.

CRSC is only awarded to military members who have a combat-related disability rating. Members must apply through their branch of service to be awarded CRSC.

Note: Concurrent Retirement Disability Pay and Combat Related Special Compensation are often a source of confusion and contention among many veterans. We recommend working directly with the VA, DFAS, or your branch of service to handle any specific questions or issues you may have with either of these programs.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to answer any specific questions regarding an individual VA disability claim or compensation.

Having Dependents May Impact Your Disability Compensation Payments

Veterans who have a disability rating of 30% or higher may receive increased disability compensation payments from the VA. This does not apply to veterans with a disability rating of 20% or lower.

Veterans must add their dependents to their VA disability claim and inform the VA of any changes to dependency status. This is important any time there is a change such as a marriage, divorce, birth, legal adoption, death, minor entering into the majority, a parent becoming a dependent, or other qualifying changes to dependency status.

Children are no longer eligible to be claimed as a dependent once they reach age 18 unless they are still attending school. To continue receiving benefits for your dependent after they reach age 18, the VA requires the veteran to submit supporting documentation proving the child is attending a qualified school.

Promptly Inform the VA of Changes to Dependents’ Status

The VA will provide back pay from the time you file the paperwork to add a dependent to your claim. However, they may also claw back overpayments you received should you fail to inform the VA that your status has changed. This is important when there is an event that may decrease your compensation, such as a child no longer being eligible for benefits, a divorce, or a death.

You can find historical rates here.

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  1. if i die will my wife still get any compensation? 90%, out for 16 years, married 10 years.

  2. I am a disabled veteran. I got hurt in 1974 and 1975 and I received a disability rating of 10%.

    How can I improve my disability rating? Can you point me in the right direction and the right person?

    • Hector, I’d start by visiting a Veteran Service Officer for a review of what’s been done and what needs to be done. You could start with a copy of your VA claim file (if you have your C-file) and your DD-214 discharge paper, and later add your service & medical records.

      You can find a VSO at a local VA clinic or local chapters of the American Legion, the DAV, the VFW, or even MOAA. You might also be able to get help from your state’s veterans benefits agency– state benefits as well as the VA’s federal benefits.

      The “Related Content” links up in that post have more information about submitting a claim and updating it.

  3. What qualifies as a dependent parent? My wife’s mother is now living with us.

    • That’s a tough question, Tom, and I can’t find a straightforward answer. You’ll need to consult a Veteran Service Officer, a JAG, or a lawyer who’s familiar with veteran’s benefits.

      Your parent is a dependent when you’re supporting them, but the financial qualifications for additional disability compensation are based on both income and assets. In addition, there’s a separate program of Dependents and Indemnity Compensation for the parents of a deceased veteran. Both are mentioned in the Code of Federal Regulations for Title 38 of U.S. Code:
      but it’s hard to tell which sections apply to veteran’s disability compensation (with dependent parents) or the surviving parents’ DIC of a deceased veteran.

      The basic definition is on the VA’s website:
      “Parents, who are in your direct care and whose income and net worth are below the limit set by law.”

      A parent’s application is not handled by eBenefits but rather has to be filed with VA Form 21P-509.
      Before you spend the time filling out the form, it’s possible that a VSO (or the lawyers) will have the latest guidelines on accounting for the parent’s income & assets.

  4. I didnt see an increase in the 2019 chart. It has the same amount From 2018. Am I missing something

    • Jorge, what 2018 chart are you comparing the rates to? The rates on this post’s 2019 tables are at least 2.8% higher than the 2018 rates.

      In 2018 my VA disability compensation (30% rating, no kids) was $466.15. In 2019 it’s going up to $479.83.

      What disability rate are you searching for? How much was your last compensation deposit?

  5. Great roll-up on the 2019 VA compensation and a good over all explanation of how disability works with military retirement. I’m not quite there yet but know some guys who are. I’ll pass it on.

    Comment? Question? What's on your mind?