You may be eligible for VA disability benefits if your military service has left you with a medical condition or disability. If you fall within this bracket, it's a good idea to be familiar with the procedures for receiving VA disability pay.
With the help of this guide, you'll learn about VA disability compensation eligibility, the amount of benefits you may anticipate, and when the VA pay dates for 2022 are.
Who Is Qualified To Get Veteran Disability Payments?
In order to get Veterans disability payments, you must be service connected for the condition or conditions.
To establish service connection, you must show:
- An in-service event (something happened in service)
- A current disability (this must be a chronic disability); and
- A link or nexus between the in-service event and the current disability
It is essential that you be able to link your present medical condition to your prior military service.
What Is the VA Disability Compensation Program for Veterans?
The VA disability compensation is a tax-free government program that provides compensation for Veterans who have service-connected medical problems and impairments. Your medical condition and severity affect the rating and thus the amount of money you'll receive in VA compensation each month.
According to the VA disability payment schedule, which we'll go through in the section below, they can also change based on how many dependent family members a Veteran has, such as a surviving spouse.
What Factors Go Into the VA’s Payment Benefits Calculations?
It is common that the VA will schedule an assessment with a VA C&P examiner, who will examine each of your service-related medical issues. The VA disability rating schedule will subsequently be used to evaluate your medical condition(s). VA disability ratings range from 0% to 100% based on your doctor's findings.
For numerous service-related conditions, your doctor will utilize the VA rating schedule to determine a combined disability rating. In any case, the more evidence you can provide that demonstrates your symptoms, the more likely you are to earn a higher disability rating and hence a greater VA disability benefit.
How Much Will Your VA Disability Benefit Be?
The amount of money you get from the Veterans Administration will be determined by the level of impairment for which you qualify. From December 1st, 2021, the following VA payment amounts will be available each month:
- $152.64 per month for 10% disability.
- $301.74 per month for 20% disability.
- $467.39 per month for 30% disability.
- $673.28 a month for 40% disability.
- $958.44 a month for 50% disability.
- $1,214.03 a month for someone with a 60% disability.
- $1,529.95 a month for someone with a 70% disability.
- $1,778.43 a month for someone with a 80% disability.
- $1,998.52 a month for someone with a 90% disability.
- $3,332.06 a month for someone with a 100% disability.
A 0% VA disability rating is something to keep in mind. If this is the case, you cannot receive VA disability benefits in the form of money. There are additional advantages, such as VA health care, that you may be able to take advantage of.
In addition, a 0 percent rating still means that VA recognizes that the condition is service connected, and you can always file later to increase that rating. Filing for an increased rating is easier because you do not have to prove service connection. You only need to prove a higher level of impairment for an increased VA rating.
The VA's 2022 Pay Schedule
The first business day of the next month is when disability benefits for the previous month are paid out. However, when the first business day of the month is a weekend or holiday, VA benefits are paid on the last business day of the prior month.
Below is the VA pay schedule for the year 2022.
- January - Tuesday, Feb. 1
- February - Tuesday, Mar. 1
- March - Friday, Apr. 1
- April - Friday, Apr.29
- May - Wednesday, June 1
- June - Friday, July 1
- July - Monday, August 1
- August - Thursday, September 1
- September - Friday, September 30
- October - Tuesday, November 1
- November - Tuesday, December 1
- December - Friday, December 30
When Can I Expect To Receive My Retroactive VA Disability Benefits?
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, within 15 days following a decision approving retroactive benefits, Veterans should receive VA back pay either by direct deposit or a check. These are the rules on receiving retroactive or past due benefits awards of VA compensation benefits. However, it is not uncommon for the VA to wait several months to send your back pay and retroactive benefits.
In addition, if you are already receiving monthly VA compensation by electronic deposit, VA will electronically deposit the retroactive money into your account. If, however, you have never received VA compensation before, and the retroactive award would represent the first payment of VA compensation you have ever received, then VA will either send you a check or contact you to obtain your banking information so that it can electronically deposit the back pay award and then electronically deposit future monthly VA compensation.
VA Disability Benefits: Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)
To keep pace with rising costs of living, the federal government changes VA disability benefits each year. When it comes to a COLA adjustment, it's usually announced in October, which is the beginning of the federal fiscal year. On December 1, the modification takes effect. So, this means that VA pay raises for cost of living increases would be received by December 1st. That is when you would see an increase in your VA compensation check show up in your bank account.
My Veteran Disability Claim Has Been Denied. What Now?
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of your Veterans Disability claim, you have three options under the Appeals Modernization Act or AMA: Board appeal, higher-level review, or supplemental claim. Experienced Veteran disability lawyers can help you choose the best of these three choices and maximize your chances of a favorable conclusion.