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80% Disability Ratings


A Veterans Affairs (VA) disability rating of 80% signifies a significant level of impairment due to service-connected disabilities. In the United States, veterans who have incurred injuries or developed medical conditions as a result of their military service may be eligible for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. These benefits are intended to provide financial compensation and support to veterans who suffer from disabilities that affect their ability to work and perform daily activities.

When a veteran applies for disability benefits, their conditions are evaluated by the VA to determine the extent of their impairment. The VA uses a rating system, ranging from 0% to 100%, in increments of 10%, to assess the severity of each service-connected disability. A rating of 80% means that the veteran’s impairments are considered substantial, significantly impacting their overall functional capacity.

To reach an 80% disability rating, veterans typically have multiple service-connected conditions, each rated at varying levels of severity. These conditions may include physical injuries, such as musculoskeletal disorders or traumatic brain injuries, as well as mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression. The cumulative effect of these disabilities results in a significant limitation of the veteran’s ability to work and engage in daily activities.

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80% Veterans Disability Pay

The amount of compensation a veteran receives for an 80 percent VA disability rating depends on various factors, including their marital status, number of dependents, and any additional benefits they may be entitled to.

VA Disability Compensation – 80% disability rating (2024 Rates)

Dependent status

  • Veteran with child only (no spouse or parents) – $2,106.01
  • With 1 child and spouse (no parents) – $2,283.01
  • With 1 child, spouse and 1 parent – $2,416.01
  • With 1 child, spouse and 2 parents – $2,549.01
  • With 1 child and 1 parent – $2,239.01
  • With 1 child and 2 parents (no spouse) – $2,372.01

Added amounts for 80%

  • Each additional child under age 18 – $82.00
  • Each additional child over age 18 in a qualifying school program – $267.00
  • Spouse receiving Aid and Attendance – $153.00

VA Disability Percentage Chart


80% VA Disability Benefits Beyond Pay

Veterans with an 80% disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be eligible for a range of benefits to support them in various aspects of their lives. Here are some of the key benefits veterans with an 80% disability rating may receive:

  1. Healthcare Benefits: Veterans with an 80% disability rating are typically eligible for comprehensive healthcare benefits through the VA. These benefits may include access to VA hospitals, clinics, medical services, and prescription medications at little to no cost. Additionally, veterans may receive specialized care for their service-connected disabilities. Learn more
  2. Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services: The VA provides vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find, and maintain suitable employment. These services may include job training, career counseling, educational assistance, and support with job placement. Learn more
  3. Education Assistance: Veterans with an 80% disability rating may be eligible for educational assistance programs such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, or Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA). These programs provide financial support for education and training expenses, including tuition, fees, books, and housing allowances. Learn more
  4. Home Loan Guaranty Program: The VA’s Home Loan Guaranty program offers eligible veterans with service-connected disabilities access to home loan benefits, including favorable loan terms, reduced or waived funding fees, and assistance with purchasing, building, repairing, or adapting a home. Learn more
  5. Special Monthly Compensation (SMC): Veterans with particularly severe service-connected disabilities may be eligible for Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) in addition to their regular disability compensation. SMC provides additional financial assistance to veterans who require aid and attendance or have certain disabilities, such as loss of use of limbs or organs. Learn more
  6. Adaptive Housing Grants: Veterans with service-connected disabilities may qualify for grants to adapt their homes to accommodate their disabilities. These grants, such as the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) or Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grants, can help cover the costs of modifying or purchasing an accessible home. Learn more

Here are a few more benefits that may be useful:

Individual Unemployability – If you are rated at 80 percent VA disability but you are unable to work.

Travel Allowance for VA Appointments

Direct Hire Authority

Access to Commissary and Exchanges

Veteran Benefits Banking Program

Concurrent Military Retirement Pay and VA Disability Pay

These benefits are designed to provide support and assistance to veterans with service-connected disabilities, helping them improve their quality of life, access necessary medical care, pursue educational and employment opportunities, and achieve greater independence. Eligibility for specific benefits may vary based on factors such as the nature and severity of the veteran’s disabilities, length of military service, and other criteria. Veterans are encouraged to the VA website to learn more about their eligibility for benefits and how to apply.

How to Increase Your VA Disability from 80% to 100%

Increasing a VA disability rating from 80% to 100% involves a process of demonstrating to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that the veteran’s service-connected disabilities have worsened or that new disabilities have developed, resulting in a higher level of impairment.

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How Chad Barr Law Can Help

Navigating the process of obtaining the VA disability rating you rightfully deserve can often feel overwhelming and complex. It involves understanding the intricacies of VA regulations, compiling extensive documentation of your medical history and conditions, and effectively advocating for your case. At Chad Barr Law, we handle that for you.

Our team has significant experience in assisting veterans with disability appeals, guiding them through each step of the process to ensure they receive the appropriate rating and VA disability compensation for their service-connected disabilities. We understand the importance of obtaining a fair and accurate rating to secure the benefits and support you need to address your healthcare needs and improve your quality of life.

Our dedicated team can help you navigate the complexities of the VA system, gather compelling evidence to support your claim, and effectively present your case to the VA. Whether you’re seeking to increase your current disability rating or appealing a denied claim, we’re here to advocate on your behalf and fight for the rating you deserve.

Don’t wait any longer to pursue the benefits you’re entitled to. Call us today to schedule a free case evaluation with our team. During this consultation, we’ll review your case, discuss your options, and provide personalized guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. Let us be your allies in this journey towards obtaining the VA disability rating you deserve.

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