For veterans who have served their country and are grappling with disabilities, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plays a crucial role in providing support.
One significant aspect of this support is the disability compensation program, which offers financial assistance to veterans based on the severity of their disabilities.
A 90% VA Disability Rating brings many benefits, including compensation and access to priority healthcare. Let’s delve into the details.
The Base Rate: $2,172.39
The baseline for a 90% disability compensation rating from the VA is $2,172.39 monthly. However, this is just the starting point.
The actual compensation can vary based on the veteran’s family situation, considering factors like the presence of children, a spouse, parents, and whether the beneficiary’s partner receives Aid and Assistance benefits.
The VA employs a comprehensive approach to determine the appropriate level of compensation. Let’s take a typical case: a veteran with a 90% compensation rate, a spouse receiving Aid and Attendance, and three children under 18. In this scenario, the breakdown of the compensation would look like this:
- $2,486.39 introductory rate (1 spouse, one child)
- +$90 (second child under 18)
- +$90 (third child under 18)
- +$167 (the spouse who receives Aid and Attendance)
The total monthly compensation would be $2,833.39.
Variations in Compensation
The compensation amounts can differ significantly based on the veteran’s family structure. Here are some examples of a 90% compensation rate:
- Veteran alone (no dependents): $2,172.39
- With spouse (no parents): $2,353.39
- With spouse and one parent: $2,498.39
- With spouse and two parents: $2,643.39
- With one parent (no spouse): $2,317.39
- With two parents (no spouse): $2,462.39
The presence of children adds another layer of variation. Here are compensation examples for a beneficiary with children at a 90% rate:
- Veteran with a child only (no spouse or parents): $2,293.39
- With one child and spouse (no parents): $2,486.39
- With one child, spouse, and one parent: $2,631.39
- With one child, spouse, and two parents: $2,776.39
- With one child and one parent: $2,438.39
- With one child and two parents (no spouse): $2,583.39
Additional benefits include extra amounts for dependents:
- Each other child under 18: $90.00
- Each other child over 18 in a qualifying school program: $291.00
- Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance: $167.00
Access to Priority Healthcare and More
A 90% VA Disability Rating brings not only financial support but also access to vital healthcare services.
Veterans in this category are eligible for VA Health Care Priority Group 1, the highest priority group.
This entitles them to various healthcare services, including preventive care, in-patient services, mental health care, medical equipment, dental care, glasses, hearing aids, and emergency care at non-VA facilities.
Additionally, on a case-by-case basis, beneficiaries with a 90% rate may be eligible for a tax-free VA pension and concurrent retired and disability pay (CRDP).
They can also benefit from a VA Home Loan Guarantee, Vocational Readiness and Employment (VR&E) benefits, as well as access to commissaries, exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) facilities.