Compensation Basics

The Basics of Veterans Compensation

Under the Department of Veterans Affairs, compensation is offered to veterans based on an illness or injury that was acquired or made worse due to one’s service in the military, provided there was no dishonorable discharge.

The amount paid to a veteran is based on a percentage of disability and can range anywhere from 10-100% and even more in some extreme and special circumstances. This compensation figure is arrived at using a Compensation Rate Table maintained by the department.

Compensation can vary from $154 a month to more than $3332 a month, depending on how many dependents you have and your level of disability.

You may be paid higher amounts if you have a spouse, child or dependent parent; severe disabilities or loss of limb; or a seriously disabled spouse.

You can apply for compensation by filling out VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation or Pension. It is necessary to provide with your application doctor and hospital reports documenting your disability or illness, and also dependency records such as marriages and children’s birth certificates.

It is important that the medical evidence of your current condition be connected to the in-service event, which is often referred to as the “service connection.” Without this “service connection,” it is virtually impossible to receive compensation.


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- Tanya

Attorney David Magann is a Marine Corps Veteran with a Criminology Degree from The University of South Florida and a Law Degree from The University of Miami. He will be your advocate working to get the benefits you have earned under the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Five stars


I was at my wits end when I hired [David] to help with my VA appeals. At the time I was unaware that I also qualified for SSDI, which he filed for and won my case fairly quickly. As far as the VA , the process is a lot slower but he got me to the right doctors and had them fill out the proper DBQs, Nexus Letters and IMOs to help win my cases. I went from 40% to 60% , 60% to 80% , and 80% to 100% Permanent and Total. I’m fortunate to have another veteran help me prevail when I was so close to giving up.

- Julio

Finally completed my VA claim after 10 years. It all worked out with Mr. Magann's help! I could have never done it without you and your great staff! Great representation with both my VA and Social Security claim. It helps to have a fellow veteran represent me against the Veterans Administration. Semper Fi!

- Robert

Mr. Magann is a veteran that cares about the well-being of all veterans. And will go the distance for all clients needing help with Social Security claims. I highly recommend if you are in need of an attorney for VA or SSI Benefits.

- George

First off, let me start by saying the level of professionalism from this firm should be the industry standard. Every question I had, from start to finish, was answered in a timely manner, the whole process, from start to finish was transparent and laid out in front of me. David Magann deserves every accolade coming to him now, and in the future. David, my family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.

- J

David Magann is the real deal. He helped my son with a VA problem going back over ten years and denied by the VA. Thanks.

- Alex