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Friday, December 9, 2016

2017 Rate Increase for VA Compensation

Every few years, Congress updates the rates given for VA Disability and Special Monthly Compensation based on the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) that reflect the rate of inflation throughout the nation.

The last COLA adjustment was 1.7% in December 2014. This year’s increase, however, is significantly lower at only 0.3%.

Over the last 10 years, the average COLA adjustment was 1.7% per year.  This average has decreased from the previous decade’s 2.6% per year, and is nowhere near the highest COLA average of 7.3% per year during the decade from 1975-1984. This shows that the country’s rate of inflation has significantly slowed over the past 40 years.

This year’s increased rates went into effect December 1, 2016. The new amounts can be found on our VA Disability Chart and Special Monthly Compensation Rates pages. 

The increases are automatic, and you should have already seen them in your December disability checks. If not, contact your local VA office.

5 comments:

  1. I wanted to know if you have degenerative arthritis can you only be rated for this if your knees are unstable? I thought this was suppose to rated separately for instability

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    1. Arthritis can be rated no matter what. And you are correct that instability can be rated separately. They are not dependent on each other. Check out our arthritis blog:

      http://blog.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/2014/05/rating-arthritis-for-military-disability_12.html

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  2. If the VA has you on narcotic pain meds and mussel relaxers is this a factor for your disability rating?

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    1. Not unless the condition they treat is rated on treatment methods or if they cause additional conditions. Any conditions they cause will be eligible for rating.

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  3. Dr why is the pinhole exam done on C and P exams and I am nearsided and was exposed to battery acids while working in supply as a USAF airman. Is this common and I am in a work in process on battery acid claims

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