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VA Disability Retroactive Pay: Understanding and Calculating: VA Historical Compensation Rates 1974 - Current


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This reference will help you calculate your retroactive pay.

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VA Disability rates listed below are used to calculate your retroactive pay once you win your claim. For example, if you were awarded 50% from 1997 to the present, you will be paid at the 50% rate for the corresponding years.
 
VA disability compensation (pay) offers a monthly tax-free payment to Veterans who got sick or injured while serving in the military and to Veterans whose service made an existing condition worse. You may qualify for VA disability benefits for physical conditions (like a chronic illness or injury) and mental health conditions (like PTSD) that developed before, during, or after service. Find out how to apply for and manage the Veteran’s disability benefits you’ve earned.
 

Quick Reference

 
VA Claims Are Ruled by Law 38CFR.
 
CFR 38 or Title 38 is how the USC 38 is interpreted. Then, the VA has manuals that tell the VA how to apply the law in CFR 38.
 
FYI:
  • C.F.R. Code of Federal Regulations - The C.F.R. is the interpretation of the law.
  • VA Manuals - Manuals interpret the law from the Code of Federal Regulations and tell the VA how to apply it.
  • U.S.C. - The United States Code is the law, and the U.S.C. is the government’s official code copy.
 
First, your disability is listed in the law 38CFR4 Schedule for Rating Disabilities. This document is dry reading but read it anyway. It will list your disability/diagnosis and tell you what symptoms equal what percentage.
 
Now, the compensation and pension exam doctor will examine you and make notes indicating your disability and limitations. Then, a VA rater will look at the doctor’s results, look at the evidence, look at your claim (contentions) look at the law and then make a decision. So, the moral of the story is to spend some time looking at the 38CFR4 Schedule for Rating Disabilities. This will provide valuable information on how the VA views and rates your disability.
 
While I’m here, check out the side effects of any medications you are on for your service-connected condition. Those can be claimed as secondary to your service-connected disability. You are your best advocate.

For Current VA Disability Compensation Rates, Click Here

Past VA Disability rates: Calculate your retroactive pay after you win.

 
The research was unable to find rates for 1983 and 1999
 
Effective
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
Effective
5/1/74
$32
$59
$89
$122
$171
5/1/74
8/1/75
$35
$65
$98
$134
$188
8/1/75
10/1/76
$38
$70
$106
$145
$203
10/1/76
10/1/77
$41
$75
$113
$155
$216
10/1/77
10/1/78
$44
$80
$121
$166
$232
10/1/78
10/1/79
$48
$88
$133
$182
$255
10/1/79
10/1/80
$54
$99
$150
$206
$291
10/1/80
10/1/81
$58
$107
$162
$232
$328
10/1/81
10/1/82
$62
$114
$173
$249
$352
10/1/82
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4/1/84
$64
$118
$179
$258
$364
4/1/84
12/1/84
$66
$122
$185
$266
$376
12/1/84
12/1/85
$68
$126
$191
$274
$388
12/1/85
12/1/86
$69
$128
$194
$278
$394
12/1/86
12/1/87
$71
$133
$202
$289
$410
12/1/87
12/1/88
$73
$138
$210
$300
$426
12/1/88
12/1/89
$76
$144
$220
$314
$446
12/1/89
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/1/91
$80
$151
$231
$330
$470
1/1/91
12/1/91
$83
$157
$240
$342
$487
12/1/91
12/1/92
$85
$162
$247
$352
$502
12/1/92
12/1/93
$87
$166
$253
$361
$515
12/1/93
12/1/94
$89
$170
$260
$371
$529
12/1/94
12/1/95
$91
$174
$266
$380
$542
12/1/95
12/1/96
$94
$179
$274
$391
$558
12/1/96
12/1/97
$95
$182
$279
$399
$569
12/1/97
12/1/98
$96
$184
$282
$404
$576
12/1/98
12/1/99
$98
$188
$288
$413
$589
12/1/99
12/1/00
$101
$194
$298
$427
$609
12/1/00
12/1/01
$103
$199
$306
$439
$625
12/1/01
12/2/02
$104
$201
$310
$445
$633
12/1/02
12/1/03
$106
$205
$316
$454
$646
12/1/03
12/1/04
$108
$210
$324
$466
$663
12/1/04
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Effective
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Effective
5/1/74
$211
$250
$289
$325
$584
5/1/74
8/1/75
$236
$280
$324
$364
$665
8/1/75
10/1/76
$255
$302
$350
$393
$707
10/1/76
10/1/77
$272
$322
$373
$419
$754
10/1/77
10/1/78
$292
$346
$400
$450
$809
10/1/78
10/1/79
$321
$380
$440
$495
$889
10/1/79
10/1/80
$367
$434
$503
$566
$1,016
10/1/80
10/1/81
$413
$521
$604
$679
$1,130
10/1/81
10/1/82
$443
$559
$648
$729
$1,213
10/1/82
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4/1/84
$459
$579
$671
$755
$1,255
4/1/84
12/1/84
$474
$598
$692
$779
$1,295
12/1/84
12/1/85
$489
$617
$713
$803
$1,335
12/1/85
12/1/86
$496
$626
$724
$815
$1,355
12/1/86
12/1/87
$516
$652
$754
$849
$1,411
12/1/87
12/1/88
$537
$678
$784
$883
$1,468
12/1/88
12/1/89
$562
$710
$821
$925
$1,537
12/1/89
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/1/91
$592
$748
$865
$974
$1,620
1/1/91
12/1/91
$614
$776
$897
$1,010
$1,680
12/1/91
12/1/92
$632
$799
$924
$1,040
$1,730
12/1/92
12/1/93
$648
$819
$948
$1,067
$1,774
12/1/93
12/1/94
$666
$841
$974
$1,096
$1,823
12/1/94
12/1/95
$683
$862
$999
$1,124
$1,870
12/1/95
12/1/96
$703
$887
$1,028
$1,157
$1,924
12/1/96
12/1/97
$717
$905
$1,049
$1,181
$1,964
12/1/97
12/1/98
$726
$916
$1,062
$1,196
$1,989
12/1/98
12/1/99
$743
$937
$1,087
$1,224
$2,036
12/1/99
12/1/00
$769
$969
$1,125
$1,266
$2,107
12/1/00
12/1/01
$790
$995
$1,155
$1,299
$2,163
12/1/01
12/2/02
$801
$1,008
$1,171
$1,317
$2,193
12/1/02
12/1/03
$817
$1,029
$1,195
$1,344
$2,239
12/1/03
12/1/04
$839
$1,056
$1,227
$1,380
$2,299
12/1/04
 

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