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2022 VA Rates for Pension and Disability Compensation

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published the pension and disability compensation rates for veterans for 2022 (effective Dec. 1, 2021).

December 17, 2021 — by Cozen O'Connor Elder Law

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has published the pension and disability compensation rates for veterans for 2022 (effective Dec. 1, 2021). The monthly payment amounts are based on veterans’ disability ratings and their dependent family members (spouse, children or parents). Your basic rate is the point at which your disability rating and dependent status meet. Please see the tables below or go to www.va.gov for more information. The tables below are reprinted from www.va.gov.

2022 Disability Compensation for Veterans

10% to 20% Disability Rating

Note: If you have a 10-20% disability rating, you won’t receive a higher rate even if you have a dependent spouse, child, or parent.

Disability Rating

Monthly Payment ($US)

10%

$152.64

20%

$301.74

30% to 60% Disability Rating

Dependent status

30% disability rating (in $U.S.)

40% disability rating (in $U.S.)

50% disability rating (in $U.S.)

60% disability rating (in $U.S.)

Veteran alone (no dependents)

$467.39

$673.28

$958.44

$1,214.03

With spouse (no parents or children)

$522.39

$747.28

$1,050.44

$1,325.03

With spouse and 1 parent (no children)

$566.39

$806.28

$1,124.44

$1,414.03

With spouse and 2 parents (no children)

$610.39

$865.28

$1,198.44

$1,503.03

With 1 parent (no spouse or children)

$511.39

$732.28

$1,032.44

$1,303.03

With 2 parents (no spouse or children)

$555.39

$791.28

$1,106.44

$1,392.03

 

Veteran with 1 child only (no spouse or parents)

$504.39

$722.28

$1020.44

$1,288.03

With 1 child and spouse (no parents)

$563.39

$801.28

$1,118.44

$1,407.03

With 1 child, spouse, and 1 parent

$607.39

$860.28

$1,192.44

$1,496.03

With 1 child, spouse, and 2 parents

$651.39

$919.28

$1,266.44

$1,585.03

With 1 child and 1 parent (no spouse)

$548.39

$781.28

$1,094.44

$1,377.03

With 1 child and 2 parents (no spouse)

$592.39

$840.28

$1,168.44

$1,466.03

 

Added amounts

Dependent status

30% disability rating (in U.S. $)

40% disability rating (in U.S. $)

50% disability rating (in U.S. $)

60% disability rating (in U.S. $)

Each additional child under age 18

$27.00

$36.00

$46.00

$55.00

Each additional child over age 18 in a qualifying school program

$89.00

$119.00

$149.00

$178.00

Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance

$51.00

$68.00

$86.00

$102.00

70-100% Disability Rating

Note: The VA is required by law to match the percentage of cost-of-living adjustments made to Social Security benefits. These adjustments help to make sure that the purchasing power of your benefits keeps up with inflation. Get the latest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) information on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website

Dependent status

70% disability rating (in U.S. $)

80% disability rating (in U.S. $)

90% disability rating (in U.S. $)

100% disability rating (in U.S. $)

Veteran with child only (no spouse or parents)

$1,615.95

$1,877.43

$2,109.52

$3,456.30

With 1 child and spouse (no parents)

$1,754.95

$2,035.43

$2,287.52

$3,653.89

With 1 child, spouse and 1 parent

$1,858.95

$2,154.43

$2,421.52

$3,802.99

With 1 child, spouse and 2 parents

$1,962.95

$2,273.43

$2,555.52

$3,952.09

With 1 child and 1 parent

$1,719.95

$1,996.43

$2,243.52

$3,605.40

With 1 child and 2 parents (no spouse)

$1,823.95

$2,115.43

$2,377.52

$3,754.50

 

Added amounts

Dependent status

70% disability rating (in U.S. $)

80% disability rating (in U.S. $)

90% disability rating (in U.S. $)

100% disability rating (in U.S. $)

Each additional child under age 18

$64.00

$73.00

$83.00

$92.31

Each additional child over age 18 in a qualifying school program

$208.00

$238.00

$268.00

$298.18

Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance

$119.00

$136.00

$153.00

$170.38

For more details, please visit https://www.va.gov/disability/compensation-rates/veteran-rates/.

2022 Pension Rates for Veterans

Veterans who qualify for pension benefits will receive the payment amount that is the difference between your countable income (how much you earn including your Social Security benefits, investment and retirement payments and any income your dependents receive) and the Maximum Annual Pension Rate or MAPR (an amount that Congress sets based on how many dependents you have, if you are married to another Veteran who qualifies for a pension, and if your disabilities qualify you for Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits). Effective Dec. 1, 2021-Nov. 30, 2022, the net worth limit to be eligible for Veterans Pension benefits is $138,489.

For Veterans with no dependents:

If you have no dependents and…

Your MAPR amount is (in $U.S.)

You don’t qualify for Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits

$14,753

You qualify for Housebound benefits

$18,029

You qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits

$24,610

Note: If you have medical expenses, you may deduct only the amount that’s above 5% of your MAPR amount ($737 for a Veteran with no spouse or child).

For Veterans with at least 1 dependent spouse or child:

If you have 1 dependent and…

Your MAPR amount is (in $U.S.)

You don’t qualify for Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits

19,320

You qualify for Housebound benefits

$22,596

You qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits

$29,175

Note:

  • If you have more than one dependent, add $2,523 to your MAPR amount for each additional dependent.
  • If you have a child who works, you may exclude their wages up to $12,950.
  • If you have medical expenses, you may deduct only the amount that’s above 5% of your MAPR amount ($966 for a Veteran with 1 dependent).

For 2 Veterans who are married to each other:

If you’re 2 Veterans who are married to each other and…

Your MAPR amount is (in $U.S.)

Neither of you qualifies for Housebound or Aid and Attendance benefits

$19,320

One of you qualifies for Housebound benefits

$22,596

Both of you qualify for Housebound benefits

$25,870

One of you qualifies for Aid and Attendance benefits

$29,175

One of you qualifies for Housebound benefits and one of you qualifies for Aid and Attendance benefits

$32,443

Both of you qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits

$39,036

Note:

  • If you have more than one dependent, add $2,523 to your MAPR amount for each additional child.
  • If you have a child who works, you may exclude their wages up to $12,950.
  • If you have medical expenses, you may deduct only the amount that’s above 5% of your MAPR amount ($966 for a Veteran with 1 dependent).

Cozen O’Connor’s attorneys help veterans, their family members or surviving spouses of veterans understand how to obtain long-term care benefits through planning for the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit. This benefit can provide money to pay for home care, assisted living or nursing home care for veterans or their spouses.

For more information about how the VA defines net worth and assets, and additional information about eligibility, penalties, the lookback period and more, please visit the VA’s website.

For details about how our attorneys can assist you with planning for the VA Aid and Attendance Benefit, contact us today or call 1-800-ELDERLAW or (561) 750-3850.

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