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VA compensation rates rise

VA compensation rates rise

Nearly 3 million service-connected disabled veterans and their survivors will receive a 4.1 percent increase in VA disability and survivor benefits.

The increase in disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation and pensions for 2006 matches the cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security and in military and federal civilian retired pay.

As in past years, the increases are to be rounded down to the next lower whole-dollar amount.

Those affected by the increase include veterans receiving compensation for disabilities sustained or made worse during their military service, as well as wartime veterans who are totally disabled from civilian-life causes and who receive a pension under an income-based program. The increase also applies to survivors of veterans who died in service or from a service-connected condition and those who are served by an income-based program for survivors of wartime veterans.

Service-Connected Disability Basic Compensation Rates

Monthly

Disability Rate

Rating 2005 2006

10% $ 108 $ 112

20 210 218

30 324 337

40 466 485

50 663 690

60 839 873

70 1,056 1,099

80 1,227 1,277

90 1,380 1,436

100 2,299 2,393

Monthly

Special Rate

Monthly

Compensation 2005 2006

K $ 84 $ 87

L 2,860 2,977

M 3,155 3,284

N 3,590 3,737

O or P 4,012 4,176

R1 5,734 5,968

R2 6,576 6,845

S 2,573 2,678

Clothing $ 616 $ 641

Allowance

Survivors’ DIC Rates

(Effective Dec. 1, 2005)

Monthly

Rate

Veteran’s

Pay Grade 2005 2006 *

E-1-E-6 $ 993 $1,033

E-7 1,027 1,069

E-8 1,084 1,128

E-9 1,131 1,177

W-1 1,049 1,092

W-2 1,091 1,135

W-3 1,123 1,169

W-4 1,188 1,236

0-1 1,049 1,092

0-2 1,084 1,128

0-3 1,160 1,207

0-4 1,227 1,277

0-5 1,351 1,406

0-6 1,523 1,585

0-7 1,645 1,712

0-8 1,805 1,879

0-9 1,931 2,010

0-10 2,118 2,204

* Surviving spouses of veterans who died on or after Jan. 1, 1993,

receive $1,033 a month. For a spouse entitled to DIC based on the

veteran’s death prior to Jan. 1, 1993, the amount paid is based on

the veteran’s military pay grade. Add $221

a month to the basic rate if the deceased veteran had been

entitled to receive 100% service-connected compensation for at least

eight years immediately preceding death and the surviving spouse

was married to the veteran for those same eight years. Additionally

the monthly allowance rate for each dependent

child under age 18 is $257.

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