Jump to content
  • Donation Box

    Please donate to support the community.
    We appreciate all donations!
  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims


    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
  • Ads

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • Advertisemnt

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

Sponsored Ads

  •  ad-free-subscription-002.jpeg     fund-the-site.jpg

  • Searches Community Forums, Blog and more


Hello everyone, I filed a claim back on November 30th 2015 for Tinnitus, Hearing loss, Vertigo, facial fracture, TMJ and migraine. A month ago, I received a rating of 80 percent and had 4 contentions deferred. Today I received an additional 10 percent for Migraines, rated at (50%) which brought me up to 90 percent. I was denied service connection for hearing, tinnitus and Vertigo. What I did not expect is they inferred a claim of Traumatic Brain injury, (From a motor vehicle accident and domestic violence) for me and awarded me 40 percent for that and 30 percent for a etopic emergency surgery I had forgotten about and 40 percent for TMJ.  In the award for TBI they included the vertigo symptoms. I guess that is a way for them to save money. In any event all that total 90 percent. My question for everyone is, how difficult will it be to try for 100%. If I appeal the non service connection for hearing and tinnitus what will I need to strengthen my claim? I was in communications for my MOS, exposed to noise everyday and I thought it would be an easy claim. Also I was contemplating fighting the vertigo denial. Can I do that if they included the symptoms for the TBI? 

Thank you for your time.

SGT US Army, 8 Years, Not a recruit. 

Anyone know how to change that title? 

Edited by fourpaws2@sbcglobal.net
trying to figure out how to change my title

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Recommended Posts

  • 0

Flat out, its hard to go from 90 to 100 on the schedule.  In simple terms, you would need a 50% disability to get there.  However, you should see what your raw score is before rounding.

You, may be at an actual 85, which is rounded up to 90, or you could be at a 94 which is rounded down to 90.  Big difference.

At 85 raw score, you would need a 60% new disability to get 100, and at 94 raw score you would need a 20% new disability to get to 100.

So, list all your disabilities and the percentage each, without grouping any.  The VA regroups after each addition, as there could also be bilaterals, which add to your total.

Fun with math,


I am currently 80% VA with a raw score of 80.  I have a claim still being resolved and I will either stay the same or get 84 or 87.  So, if it goes my way, it will be 87 rounded up to 90.  Then, I will need a 70 to get to 100, which wont happen.  Schedule of course.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


  • 0

here's a link to our calculator

VA Service Connected Disabilities Rating % Calculator

This is not your mother’s arithmetic and 50 + 50 does not equal 100. It’s also called fuzzy math by some, so plug in your percentages into the calculator and it will tell you what your total percentage is.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

Well that is disheartening. Utilizing the calculator, I'm at 87.4.  I guess even if I appeal my hearing and tinnitus, it wont help.

One other question, How do I change my title? I am not a E-2 recruit. I was a SGT in the Army and spent 8 years in it.

Thanks again

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 0

wait and see what folks say it should put you at 90% and that's not nothing - hang in.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Ads

  • Ad

  • Latest News
  • Our picks

    • Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator
      Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator

      10 + 50 = 50 and other VA math mysteries explained.

      VA Math It’s Not Your Mother’s Arithmetic “VA Math” is the way that the VA computes combined impairment ratings for multiple conditions in a Veteran’s compensation benefits claim – and it requires that you unlearn real math. When a Veteran has multiple medical conditions that are service connected, and the Veterans Affairs rates each at a different percentage, it would seem that they should just add up your percentages to get to a total body impairment rating. Continue Reading

      Use our Ratings Calculator to add your percentages
      • 0 replies
    • I filed for my mitral valve regurgitation heart disease secondary to a service-connected condition on 7-30-18. It was granted on 8-30-18. Since I filed for this heart valve issue and was awarded, can I still file for hypertension ? I have been seeing comments that you should file for hypertension first and file for heart disease as a secondary. Can I file for hypertension as a secondary to my heart disease ? I am alittle confused on this matter.

    • How to Change the Theme - Look and Colors
      How to Change the Theme - Look and Colors
      • 5 replies
    • For Calculating Retro

      VA Disability Compensation Rates 2012 | 2011 | 2010-2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999

      Prior to 1999 check here https://www.hadit.com/va-disability-compensation-rates-historic-for-retro-calculation/
      • 0 replies
    • I am a 100% disabled veteran, At first I was super excited to find out I am getting retro pay for back benefits to 2006. But that was over 2 months ago. I been waiting and waiting and calling to ask them wheres my back pay. They first told me "one month" than I call again. The guy started reading a script of basically "we are malingering on paying you" type crap. I was wondering if there is any number I can call besides that 800-827-1000 number to inquire about my status. I don't know why its taken so long when there is specific information telling them from the judge that VA owes. 

      There was a remanded to see if I was eligible for IU (I get it now since 2014 im actually 90% with 10 of that been IU). I been on SS since 2004. Can Someone help me out? Thank you
      • 6 replies

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines