About How Much Disability Compensation Can You Expect?

If you are a veteran who became disabled during active duty, then disability compensation is perhaps one of the most important terms for you. Before applying to receive this benefit, you want to know how much money you can expect and also if you can count on disability payments for the rest of your life.

Amount of Disability Compensation

The amount of the compensation is based on the nature of the disability. Depending upon the severity of the injury or disease, the Department of Veteran Affairs assigns a rating, from 0 to 100 percent, for the disability. The higher the rating, the more compensation you're awarded. According to 2010 rates, a veteran (alone) can receive from $123 to $2,673 per month. Extra amounts can be allotted for a spouse, children or parents who are dependent. In addition to the regular compensation payments, veterans can also receive special monthly compensation (SMC) if, during military service, they lost an organ or the ability to use it.   

Does Compensation Continue Forever?

It is important to note that, except for with certain specific conditions, the compensation does not always continue for a lifetime. The VA schedules re-certifications generally every 2 to 5 years from the last exam. Based on the results, it decides to continue, reduce or discontinue the monthly payments.

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