Compensation For Service Connected Disabilities
If a Veteran can establish a service connection to his or her disability, the monthly level of payments is based upon the percentage of disability assigned, using the Schedule for Rating Disabilities. Multiple disabilities are combined using the Table of Combined Disabilities.
The current level of payments is as follows:
- 10% rating=$123.00 per month.
- 50% rating=$770.00 per month.
- 100% rating-$2,673.00 per month.
Disability compensation is not taxable by either Federal or State entities. Additional compensation, called Special Monthly Compensation, is available for Veterans requiring aide and attendant care or other special circumstances.
Some Veterans are eligible for monthly disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though the Schedule for Rating disabilities is less than 100%. This special situation is known as Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU). If a Veteran is unable to engage in what is known as "substantial gainful employment," TDIU may become available. The Veteran must have a minimum disability rating of 60%. Additionally, the educational and occupational background of the Veteran must be considered, to determine whether there is employability. A "marginal" or sporadic job, would not disqualify a Veteran from being awarded TDIU.
The disability rating of a Veteran and entitled to Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability, are common issues heard by the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Veterans Disability Attorney and Lawyer, Randy Zeldin, Esq., represents Veterans from all 50 States before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims regarding disability ratings and Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability.
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