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Disability Compensation

VA pays a monthly monetary benefit to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated in the line of duty during active military service. The amount of compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of dependents. Currently, the compensation amounts range from $115 monthly for a 10-percent disability to $2,471 monthly for a 100-percent disability, with additional amounts payable for special circumstances associated with the disability. VA disability compensation is tax-free. Last year, more than 2.7 million veterans and dependents received disability compensation or survivors benefits.

Congress acts annually to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in disability and dependency and indemnity compensation benefits. Congress has provided increases in these rates for every fiscal year since 1976. The COLA is set to the amount increased by the Social Security Administration, and is effective December 1 of each year. The COLA for 2006 was 3.3 percent.

Certain disabled servicemembers and veterans may be eligible for up to $11,000 to purchase an automobile or other conveyance. VA will also provide each person the adaptive equipment necessary to operate the automobile or other conveyance.

Fiduciary matters for veterans

Public Law 108-454 addressed the needs of our more vulnerable veterans, those who require a fiduciary to handle – on the veteran’s behalf – monetary benefits received by VA. VA is now required to conduct an inquiry or investigation as to the fitness of the fiduciary prior to appointment, as well as conduct periodic on-site reviews. If it is determined a misuse of benefits is due to the Secretary’s failure to investigate or monitor a fiduciary, the Secretary would be required to repay the misused benefits to the veteran.


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