The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers compensation to veterans who have a disability that was caused by their military service or made worse by their military service. When you are awarded VA disability compensation, you receive an award letter that contains a percentage rating at which the VA rates your disability condition(s). Your VA disability percentage rating determines how much you will receive each month in benefits from the VA.
Look at your reward letter to see what disability percentage rating the VA assigned you.
Navigate to the compensation rate tables located at the VA's website (see Resources).
Determine your dependency status (e.g. veterans without children or veterans with children).
Locate the table that contains your disability percentage rating under the dependency category that best describes you (e.g. veteran alone without children rated at 60 percent).
Look below the column that contains your disability percentage rating and the row that contains your dependency status to find the amount that you will receive each month. For example, a veteran who has no children and is rated at 80 percent would receive $1,427 each month (as of 2011).
Veterans with a spouse or dependent children and parents receive more each month than veterans alone.
Things You'll Need
Compensation rate table
The monthly benefit amount changes from year to year, so ensure that you are looking at the most recent compensation rate table.