San Diego VA Regional Office - Compensation and Pension Benefits
What is VA Disability Compensation?
Disability Compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free.
Who Is Eligible?
You may be eligible for Disability Compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
How Much Does VA Pay?
The amount of basic benefit paid ranges from $127 to $2,769 per month, depending on how disabled you are.
$127 should be $129 if referring to 10% rate with no dependents.
$2,769 should be $2,816 if referring to 100% with no dependents.
You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, if:
- you have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s)
- you have a spouse, children, or dependent parent's
- you have a seriously disabled spouse.
How Can You Apply?
You can apply by filling out VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation Or Pension. If you have any of the following material, attach it to your application:
- Discharge or separation papers (DD214 or equivalent)
- Dependency records (marriage & children's birth certificates)
- Medical evidence (doctor & hospital reports)
Priority Medical Care
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance
Grants for Specially Adapted Housing
Automobile Grant & Adaptive Equipment
Federal Employment Preference
State/Local Veterans Benefits
Military Exchange & Commissary Privileges