Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as a chronic knee condition, as well as a mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Disability Compensation is paid in 10% increments they round down.
All disabilities that the VA compensates for are listed in 38CFR4.1 The CFR is the Code of Federal Regulations also known as Title 38
Let’s take a moment and explain a few acronyms having to do with Veterans Affairs law. Below is a list of Laws, Manuals, etc. It can be confusing just remember the U.S.C. is the law, the C.F.R. is how they interpret the law and last but certainly not least is the V.A. adjudication manuals that is how they apply the law.
U.S.C. United States Code – United States Code is the law and the U.S.C. is the governments official copy of the code.
U.S.C.A. United States Code Annotated – U.S.C.A. contain everything that is printed in the official U.S. Code but also include annotations to case law relevant to the particular statute.
U.S.C.S. U.S. Code Service – Like the U.S.C.A., the U.S.C.S. contains everything that is printed in the official U.S. Code but also include annotations to case law relevant to the particular statute.
C.F.R. Code of Federal Regulations – The C.F.R. is the interpretation of the law.
U.S.C. is the law, the C.F.R. is how they interpret the law and last but certainly not least is the V.A. adjudication manuals that is how they apply the law. The section of the law that covers the veterans benefits is Title 38 in the U.S.C. in the C.F.R. is usually written 38 C.F.R. or something similar, V.A. frequently requested manuals are listed below.
VA M-21 Compensation and Pension Manual
VA M-21-4 C & P Authorization Procedures
VA M28-3 Vocational Rehabilitation Internal Control in Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling
VA M29-1 VBA Insurance Operations Manual
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