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Department of Veterans Affairs: Disability Compensation Math

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The Department of Veterans Affairs stuck it to me again lol. So for starters, if the VA just used simple math to decide their disability ratings my combined service connected disability rating would be for 80%. I receive a VA rating of 30% for PTSD, 20% for a metal plate in my leg, 10% for tinnitus, 10% for right knee issues, and 10% for migraines. If you add all of those disabilities up that equals an 80% disability rating through the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

This is where many veterans with multiple disabilities run into an issue with the VA. Like I said my combined disability rating ads up to an 80% service connected disability rating. However I only get paid for a 60% according to the VA! What? Does the Department of Veterans Affairs even know how to add? So I got ticked off and I called the VA toll free customer service number seeking an explanation of this BS. To his credit, the Veterans Affairs customer service rep tried to explain the VA Math the best he could to me.

 In the middle of his explanation I busted out laughing. I couldn’t help myself. I asked him to stop and realize how ridiculous what he was saying sounded. It was the biggest load of crap I had ever heard come out a Department of Veterans Affairs worker. He went on to explain than when a veteran has multiple disability rating that there is a formula that used to calculate the combined rating.

 The VA representative said, yes Chad you do have several disabilities that add up to an 80% service connected disability rating, but…he went on to explain that with the VA formula I would only be paid for 60%. I hit the roof! I did understand the explanation the Veterans Affairs representative gave me. That doesn’t mean I have to agree with the VA’s messed policy of calculating VA disability claims and it also doesn’t mean I have to like it.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs 1+1 doesn’t equal 2…it equals 0! Let me know what your thoughts are on the VA’s claim process.


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