VA Disability Calculator

Created by Łucja Zaborowska, MD, PhD candidate and Arturo Barrantes
Reviewed by Steven Wooding
Based on research by
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Disability Benefits
Last updated: Jul 27, 2022

The VA disability calculator computes the Veteran Affairs compensation rates for:

  • Soldiers who got sick or injured during active military services;
  • Veterans whose existing conditions of health worsened during the service; and
  • Veterans with mental health deterioration that developed before, during, or after service (including the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD).

Our tool calculates your VA disability rates and serves as the detailed VA benefits calculator, presenting the exact amount of money you can get with your VA claim. 💵

[Includes the 2021 update]

About the Veterans disability calculator

Our VA claim calculator allows you to find out the amount of money that the US Department of Veterans Affairs owns you due to the losses or damages suffered during the active service in the military; the VA disability compensation is only one of many granting schemes for Veterans:

  • Housing grants
  • VA nursing homes assisted living, and home health care
  • Fiduciary services
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
  • Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance

We've based the VA rating calculator on official 2021 disability pay charts, presented on the 1st of December 2020, and effective on the very same day.

All of our army-related tools are regularly updated; try it out yourself:

How to use the VA disability pay calculator?

In need of a VA math calculator? You've just found the perfect one! Follow just a few simple steps below to obtain your VA compensation rates.

  1. List your rated disabilities

    • Carefully write down all the disability rankings received for all the conditions - enter them in appropriate fields.
    • As you can see, our tool has a functionality of a VA disability calculator for multiple disabilities - you can enter a maximum of 15 conditions.
  2. Choose your marital status

    If you're married, let our VA calculator know whether your spouse receives the Aid & Attendance or not.

  3. Choose the number of children under 18 years old that are dependent on you

  4. Choose the number of children over 18 that attend a qualifying school program

    • You need to fill the VA Form 21-674, Request for Approval of School Attendance.
    • Discontinuation of this benefit will take place on your child's 23rd birthday.
  5. Choose how many of your parents are dependent on you

Your results are here 🎉

Our VA disability rating calculator displays both the cumulative disability and the disability rating.

💡 Cumulative disability means the raw mathematical results of the calculations.

💡 Disability rating stands for the actual percentage taken into account when calculating your benefits.

How is VA disability calculated?

The VA calculations look differently, depending on the amount of ranked disabilities.

1 disability

This case is straightforward: find the percentage of your disability using the VA disability pay charts presented below.

If your disability equals 30% or more, you should also add additional amounts (in U.S. $):

  • For a spouse receiving Aid and Attendance

  • For each additional child under age 18

  • For each additional child over age 18 in a qualifying school program

2 or more disabilities

Here, the thing gets a little more complicated - we need to calculate the cumulative disability and the disability rating. Our VA compensation calculator uses the following equation:

Cumulative disability = (100 - Greatest disability percentage) * 2nd greatest disability percentage,


  • Greatest disability percentage means your greatest recorded disability, e.g., among disabilities 30%, 60%, 10%, you need to choose 60%.
  • 2nd greatest disability percentage - following the example below, you should choose 30%.
💡 You need to use this equation a few times if your number of disabilities is greater than 2. During the 2nd and further rounds of calculations, use the previously calculated cumulative disability as the value of the greatest disability percentage. The modified equation will look as follows: Cumulative disability(no. 2) = (100 - Cumulative disability) * 3rd greatest disability percentage and so on.

Then, we need to calculate the disability rating.

Our VA disability combined rating calculator, as official advised, rounds the cumulative disability to tens.

44% = 40%,
56% = 60%,
24% = 20%.

Your next step would be looking at the VA disability charts ⤵️ and finding your category, according to the number of your dependents (children, parents, spouse).

Remember to include additional amounts if you have:

  • More than 1 child under 18 years old;
  • More than 1 child over 18 years old, in a qualifying school program; or
  • A spouse receiving Aid & Attendance.

VA disability rating chart

All the VA disability pay charts are taken from the official website.

Dependent status30% disability rating (in U.S. $)40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran alone (no dependents) 441.35 635.77 905.04 1,146.39 1,444.71 1,679.35 1,887.18 3,146.42 
With spouse (no parents or children) 493.35 705.77 992.04 1,251.39 1,566.71 1,819.35 2,044.18 3,321.85 
With spouse and 1 parent (no children) 535.35 761.77 1,062.04 1,335.39 1,664.71 1,931.35 2,170.18 3,462.64 
With spouse and 2 parents (no children) 577.35 817.77 1,132.04 1,419.39 1,762.71 2,043.45 2,296.18 3,603.43 
With 1 parent (no spouse or children) 483.35 691.77 975.04 1,230.39 1,542.71 1,791.35 2,013.18 3,287.21 
With 2 parents(no spouse or children) 525.35 747.77 1,045.04 1,314.391,640.71 1,903.35 2,139.18 3,428.00
Veteran with 1 child only (no spouse or parents) 476.35 681.77 963.04 1,216.39 1,526.71 1,772.35 1,992.18 3,263.74 
With 1 child and spouse (no parents) 532.35 756.77 1,056.04 1,328.39 1,656.71 1,922.35 2,160.18 3,450.32 
With 1 child, spouse, and 1 parent574.35 812.77 1,126.04 1,412.39 1,754.71 2,034.35 2,286.18 3,591.11 
With 1 child, spouse, and 2 parents616.35 868.77 1,196.04 1,496.39 1,852.71 2,146.35 2,412.18 3,731.90 
With 1 child and 1 parent (no spouse) 518.35 737.77 1,033.04 1,300.39 1,624.71 1,884.35 2,118.18 3,404.53 
With 1 child and 2 parents (no spouse) 560.35 793.77 1,103.04 1,384.391,722.71 1,996.35 2,244.18 3,545.32

  • For a spouse receiving Aid and Attendance

  • For each additional child under age 18

  • For each additional child over age 18 in a qualifying school program

Our VA disability back pay calculator is current as of December 2020.

Łucja Zaborowska, MD, PhD candidate and Arturo Barrantes
Disability ranking:
Condition #1
Condition #2
Dependent family members
Marital status
Children under age 18
School children aged over 18
Your total cumulative disability: 10%

Total combined disability rating: 10%

💵 Estimated compensation rate (monthly payments): $144.14
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