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3,478,892 Veterans Have A Service-Connected Disability

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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a service connected disability is determined by the VA when the Veteran is found to be disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service.  To be eligible for compensation for their service connected disability, the Veteran must have been separated or discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

The information below was compiled from the United States Census Bureau from their 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.  According to the results of the survey, there are 21,263,779 Civilian Veterans (Not Active Duty) 18 years of age and over.  Of those 21 million plus Veterans, 17,784,887 have not reported any service-connected disability rating.  3,478,892 Veterans have reported a rating with the highest number of Veterans having been given a service-connected disability rating of 10-20 percent.

Service-Connected disability rating status and ratings for civilian veterans 18 years and over

United States Veterans
Estimate Margin of Error
Total Number of Veterans 21,263,779 +/-28,339
Veteran with no service-connected disability rating 17,784,887 +/-24,607
Veteran with a service-connected disability rating: 3,478,892 +/-15,807
Veteran with 0 percent rating 225,813 +/-3,057
Veteran with 10 or 20 percent rating 1,195,300 +/-8,945
Veteran with 30 or 40 percent rating 599,065 +/-6,011
Veteran with 50 or 60 percent rating 381,728 +/-4,374
Veteran with 70 percent or higher rating 802,278 +/-6,113
Veterans where rating was not reported 274,708 +/-4,042

According to the VA’s website, the information below is the amount of money Veterans are given as a monthly compensation depending on their rating.

2014 VA Disability Compensation

Disability Rating Monthly Rate
10% $130.94
20% $258.83
30%* $400.93
40%* $577.54
50%* $822.15
60%* $1,041.39
70%* $1,312.40
80%* $1,525.55
90%* $1,714.34
100%* $2,858.24

To learn more about the service-connected disability rating, visit the VA’s Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependants and Survivors handbook covering the service-connected disabilities.

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