Disability Living Allowance – Living With Disability

The VA Disability Pay Chart is the (Department of) Veteran’s Affairs Disability Pay Chart, indicative of the benefits available to servicemen who have incurred a disability in the course of duty for the United States Military.

The rates on the VA Disability Pay Chart vary based upon whether or not one has parents living, a spouse, or children (rates for veterans with children also vary based upon age of the child.) Additionally, there are some types of disability pay that are specific to certain wars (i.e., “Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Born with Certain Birth Defects.”)

As of 2004, it is possible to receive both VA Disability pay and military retirement benefits; this concurrent receipt is referred to as CRDP (Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay.) However, in order to qualify for Concurrent receipt, one must have served for twenty years.

In addition to standard disability compensation (for conditions incurred while serving), the United States government also offers an Improved Pension (or Non-Service Connected Pension.) This is paid for conditions and disabilities incurred after serving with the US Military. It is limited to low-income veterans who have more severe disabilities.

As quoted from Military.com, “If you are military veteran with a service-related disability you may qualify for over $3,100 in monthly benefits. These benefits are paid to veterans who have 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. These benefits are tax-free.”

It is important to apply for disability pay at the first sign of a problem, and a look at the VA Disability Pay Chart can give you a good indication of the amount you may be entitled to receive from the government. As the Vermont Veterans Services Directory at veterans.vermont.gov states:

“The bottom line: If you have a current physical or mental condition, and it is related to your military service, then apply for Disability Compensation. Even if the condition seems minor now, don’t wait to apply. When you’re 25, that “bum” left knee may just be a minor inconvenience; when you’re 55, the early onset arthritis you developed in that knee because of your service may mean you can barely walk. You should apply regardless of your income and regardless of your ability to find work.”

Finally, there are separate benefits that servicemen and servicewomen can access through Social Security. Note that these benefits require a different application from the VA benefits (the Social Security Disability Application), and the Social Security Disability Requirements differ from the VA Disability Requirements. Expedited processing of Social Security Disability applications is available for veterans who became disabled as a result of active duty on or after October 1, 2001. If you are a veteran with a disability, it is certainly advantageous for you to explore the various options in disability funding that may be available to you. If you are not eligible for VA Disability pay, you may still be eligible for Social Security Disability pay, and vice versa.