Many veterans wonder, “How long do VA disability payments last?” This is an important question if you receive these benefits or plan to apply for them. The VA does not place an arbitrary time limit on disability benefits. Veterans can continue to receive this compensation for as long as they meet the eligibility requirements, whether that’s for several months or a lifetime.
Veterans qualify for VA disability benefits if:
If you qualify, you have to apply for these monthly payments. You won’t automatically receive benefits. Veterans need to back up their claim by providing service records, medical records, buddy statements, and other documentation.
The VA disability compensation rates are based on two factors: your disability rating and if you have any dependent family members.
VA disability ratings are expressed as percentages, from 10% to 100%. The criteria for these ratings is found in the Code of Federal Regulations (Title 38, Chapter I, Part 4: Schedule For Rating Disabilities). The VA’s assessment of your condition may differ from how another organization rates your disability.
If you have more than one service-connected disability, the VA will calculate a combined rating. Your combined rating will not exceed 100%, as you cannot be considered more than 100% able-bodied.
You can receive a higher monthly benefit if (1) your disability rating meets a certain threshold and (2) your spouse, parents, or children meet the VA’s definition of “dependent.”
Certain life changes can affect your benefit eligibility or amount.
You should let the VA know if you experience any of these life changes:
A change in your family status will likely affect your monthly benefit amount.
The amount of your monthly benefits can go up if:
Cost-of-living adjustments happen automatically. However, you will need to notify the VA if you add a dependent, your disability worsens, or you are diagnosed with a new disability that you believe should be service-connected.
As you can see, there is no one answer to this question. How long you receive benefits is unique to you and your situation.
When you do receive disability payments, the VA expects you to notify them if:
In addition, the VA routinely re-evaluates disability ratings. You may be asked to submit documentation or attend a doctor’s visit. If you fail to comply, you could lose your benefits.
To say that the VA system is difficult to navigate is an understatement. Many veterans struggle to find answers about their eligibility, how to apply, and how to pursue an appeal. They want to contact an attorney, but are concerned about the cost.
Our lawyers do not charge any upfront fees. It costs you nothing to find out if you’re eligible and to have us review your case. We only collect a fee if the VA approves your benefits. Contact our office if:
As VA-accredited attorneys, we’ve represented thousands of veterans throughout the country.
At VetLaw, our sole focus is to help our fellow veterans pursue their VA disability benefits. We’re here to answer your questions like, “How long do VA disability payments last?” and “Can I appeal a VA claim denial?” Give us a call today or contact us online to get started.