Veterans who are injured or disabled during military service are eligible to be financially “compensated” by the Veterans Administration. The “degree” of disability is defined by the VA, and used to reach a financial benefit determination.

Benefit Scale for Veteran Disability Compensation:
There is a scale gradient concerning military service connected disability. The determined benefit amount is graduated according to the degree of the Veteran’s disability. This is plotted on a scale range from 10 % to 100 % (in increments of every 10 %). Compensation may also be paid for disabilities that are considered related or secondary to disabilities occurring in service and for disabilities presumed to be related to circumstances of military service, even though they may arise after service. Generally, the degrees of disability specified are also designed to compensate for considerable loss of working time from exacerbation’s or illnesses.

If you have dependents, an additional allowance may be added if your combined disability is rated 30% or greater. On the other hand, your compensation may be offset if you already receive military retirement pay, disability severance pay, or separation incentive payments.

The claimant is categorized by family status and grade of disability. Here are some quick examples of disability compensation…Example # 1): A Veteran with no dependents, and 10% disability, is eligible for $130.94 /per month. Example # 2): A Veteran with spouse, two parents and a child; and who is 100% disabled, is eligible for $3390.10/per month.

There is also increased compensation for any additional children under age 18. (It should also be noted, the surviving spouse of a Veteran receiving disability compensation may be eligible to receive spousal pension benefits through Aid & Attendance.)

To learn more about Veteran disability compensation, visit: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/
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– John D. Miller is the owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz ; or online at: www.homecarepartnersma.com

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