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Hospital Treatment

Temporary Ratings (Hospitalization)

Veterans who are hospitalized for more than 21 days for a service-connected disability may receive a temporary 100% disability compensation rating.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a Veteran
  • You must be hospitalized for more than 21 days in a Department of Veterans Affairs or an approved hospital for a service-connected disability, OR
  • Be under hospital observation at Department of Veterans Affairs expense for a service-connected disability for a period in excess of 21 days.

Evidence Requirements:

  • Evidence such as a discharge summary that shows the length of hospitalization to be more than 21 days, AND
  • That the hospitalization is or was due to a service connected disability, AND
  • That the hospitalization is or was in an approved VA hospital.

If the hospitalization is at a VA facility, simply tell us when you apply and we will obtain the records for you.


A Veteran is considered 40% disabled for his service-connected diabetes mellitus is taken by ambulance to a VA hospital after lapsing into a diabetic coma. He recovered, but required over 21 days of hospitalization due to the coma and infection. His rating was raised to 100% due to hospitalization and then returned to 40%.

How to Apply

For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page.