Can You Make Too Much Money to Get VA Disability Benefits?

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We all owe a debt of gratitude to United States veterans. When many of us were at home, making a living and enjoying daily tasks, these brave men and women were often overseas protecting our freedoms. 

Yet, with all that being said, veterans are often some of the most humble people that you will meet in life. They usually do not care to talk about their time in service, and consider it all a part of the job, even though it was often rather extraordinary. 

Given that veterans are always thinking of others before themselves, they often fail to understand some of the benefits available to them. This is often the case with benefits available from the VA for anyone suffering from an injury or illness related to their service. And often, veterans may feel they aren’t qualified to receive benefits from the VA. 

Can You Make Too Much Money to Get VA Benefits? 

One of the reservations that veterans often have in relation to receiving benefits from the VA is feeling that they already are in good financial standing without them. In addition, they may be of the misunderstanding that their current finances play into whether or not they will be approved for benefits. 

In addition to the service connection of their injury potentially factoring into approval from the VA, this can also apply to existing conditions that became worse due to being on active duty. The veteran may have been well enough to participate in service with their pre-existing condition, and the active-duty made it worse, causing the need for them to receive benefits after their service. 

This is not the case, as there are no income restrictions to receiving VA disability benefits. This means that it is impossible to make too much money to get VA benefits. They are available to any veteran who the VA has determined has a service-related condition hindering their health. Since current income has no role in determining a service-related issue, it does not come into play. 

As for what a veteran can expect to receive in terms of payments in 2021, the rates and different scenarios are explained below. For 2022, the cost of living adjustment (COLA) is expected to cause as much as a 6.2% increase in payment amounts, so all figures below would be adjusted to cover that. 

Veterans Disability Payment Rates for 2021

The amount of money a veteran receives in disability payments depends on a lot of factors. Primarily, it relies on the disability rating they’ve received and their family situation.

10% Disability Rating (Same amount no matter family situation) – $144.14

20% Disability Rating (Same amount no matter family situation) – $284.93

Veteran with a dependent spouse or parent, but no children

Veteran Alone (no dependents)

30% Disability Rating – $441.35

40% Disability Rating – $635.77

50% Disability Rating – $905.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,146.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,444.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,679.35

90% Disability Rating – $1,887.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,146.42

Veteran With Spouse (no parents or children)

30% Disability Rating – $493.35

40% Disability Rating – $705.77

50% Disability Rating – $992.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,251.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,566.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,819.35

90% Disability Rating – $2,044.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,321.85

Veteran With Spouse and 1 Parent (no children)

30% Disability Rating – $535.35

40% Disability Rating – $761.77

50% Disability Rating – $1,062.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,335.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,664.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,931.35

90% Disability Rating – $2,170.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,462.64

Veteran With Spouse and 2 Parents (no children)

30% Disability Rating – $577.35

40% Disability Rating – $817.77

50% Disability Rating – $1,132.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,419.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,762.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,931.35

90% Disability Rating – $2,170.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,603.43

Veteran with 1 Parent (no spouse or children)

30% Disability Rating – $483.35

40% Disability Rating – $691.77

50% Disability Rating – $975.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,230.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,542.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,791.35

90% Disability Rating – $2,013.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,287.21

Veteran with 2 Parents (no spouse or children)

30% Disability Rating – $525.35

40% Disability Rating – $747.77

50% Disability Rating – $1,045.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,314.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,640.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,903.35

90% Disability Rating – $2,139.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,428.00

Veteran with dependents, including children

Veteran With 1 Child (no spouse or parents)

30% Disability Rating – $476.35

40% Disability Rating – $681.77

50% Disability Rating – $963.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,216.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,526.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,772.35

90% Disability Rating – $1,992.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,263.74

Veteran With 1 Child and Spouse (no parents)

30% Disability Rating – $532.35

40% Disability Rating – $756.77

50% Disability Rating – $1,056.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,328.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,656.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,922.35

90% Disability Rating – $2,160.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,450.32

Veteran With 1 Child, Spouse and 1 Parent

30% Disability Rating – $574.35

40% Disability Rating – $812.77

50% Disability Rating – $1,126304

60% Disability Rating – $1,412.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,754.71

80% Disability Rating – $2,034.35

90% Disability Rating – $1,286.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,450.32

Veteran With 1 Child, Spouse and 2 Parents

30% Disability Rating – $616.35

40% Disability Rating – $868.77

50% Disability Rating – $1,196.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,496.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,852.71

80% Disability Rating – $2,146.35

90% Disability Rating – $2,412.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,731.90

Veteran With 1 Child and 1 Parent (no spouse)

30% Disability Rating – $518.35

40% Disability Rating – $737.77

50% Disability Rating – $1,033.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,300.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,624.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,884.35

90% Disability Rating – $2,118.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,404.53

Veteran With 1 Child and 2 Parents (no spouse)

30% Disability Rating – $560.35

40% Disability Rating – $793.77

50% Disability Rating – $1,103.04

60% Disability Rating – $1,384.39

70% Disability Rating – $1,722.71

80% Disability Rating – $1,996.35

90% Disability Rating – $2.244.18

100% Disability Rating – $3,545.32

Additional Amounts

Each Additional Child Under 18

70% Disability Rating – $61

80% Disability Rating – $69

90% Disability Rating – $78

100% Disability Rating – $87.17

Each Additional Child Over 18 in a Qualifying School Program

70% Disability Rating – $197

80% Disability Rating – $225

90% Disability Rating – $253

100% Disability Rating – $281.57

Spouse Receiving Aid and Attendance

70% Disability Rating – $113

80% Disability Rating – $129

90% Disability Rating – $145

100% Disability Rating – $160.89

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