VA Compensation 2016 Increase

If you are a Veteran, or know someone who is on the Veteran's Affairs plan, important information is available regarding the 2016 compensation increase. For veterans who are disabled, there are no adjustments attainable during this time due to the various calculations for cost of living and inflation indicating a zero percent increase in expenses. Therefor, the VA Compensation 2016 increase amount is 0%.

Disability Rating

To be eligible for VA compensation, a veteran must have a disability rating of no less than 10%. Depending on disability, a veteran may be able to receive up to $3,434.98 per month. There are VA Disability charts, which can help determine a veteran's eligibility for financial assistance. This assistance is tax-free and not to be included as income on income taxes. This is true for the years aside from the VA Compensation 2016 increase, when benefits may increase by percentage amounts. There is a line on your income taxes dealing with the VA Compensation benefit.

What Constitutes a Service-Related Disability?

While on active service within the military, if you have been injured or became very ill, the VA may assess you to be eligible for certain benefits, including the VA disability compensation. The payment is made based on any sickness or injuries occurring while you are on active duty.

How Are Disability Ratings Decided?

This year, there is no VA Compensation 2016 increase. When rating disability, cases are handled on an individual basis. This means that each case is examined in its entirety before any decision is made. The first information the VA will want to establish is whether or not the injury or illness occurred while in active service. Second, the injury or illness must be rated based on severity and how it affects the ability to lead daily life. Some injuries are determined to be unrelated to active duty or too low a rating (such as 0%) to be considered for compensation at this time.

The good news is, if the condition changes, you can re-apply for compensation. While a 0% disability rating may seem pointless, it is an indicator in your file that you have had a service-related disability, and it means that if you re-apply to have your disability rating upgraded, there is generally less paperwork because you are already in 'the system'. Although there is no monetary VA Compensation 2016 increase, having a record of your illness or injury as it progresses can save you a lot of time when looking into future benefits.

How Often are VA Compensation Benefits Issued?

The compensation payments are monthly. There are situations where you may qualify for multiple levels of compensation, this usually happens if your disability rate is 30% or higher, and you are supporting dependents such as a spouse, parents, or children. Other circumstances where additional benefits may be applied include the loss of any limbs, or if you have a severely disabled spouse.

If You Want to Apply to the VA for Disability Compensation

Start by gathering as much supporting information as possible. This includes things such as how the injury or illness happened, medical treatment received, your current health status as per your doctor, and how your life was changed by this change in condition in your health. You can fill out VA Form 21-526, or you can apply online using VONAPP. You will need a copy of your DD Form 214, and should make copies of any documents submitted so that you have a record of everything you have sent in your application. There are generally social agencies, which can help you if you have difficulty understanding or filling in the forms. The zero VA Compensation 2016 increase is only one of four incidents of benefit years without adjustments made upwardly for monthly benefits.

Who Is Affected By a VA Compensation 2016 Increase

Those persons receiving: