VA Math: How to go from 90% to 100%?

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I need a little help with VA Math.

I’m trying to figure out what I need to get to 100%. I’m currently, I think 93%, rounded down and rated at 90%.
Will the VA go off the 93% or will they go from the 90%? So my question is, what % will I need to get in order to get to 100%.
I currently have a claim in for Cervical Spine with Radiculopathy, Dyspnea Shortness of Breath both secondary to Ankylosing Spondylitis and an increase for Eye Condition that’s currently rated 0%. So I’m doing the what if scenario…

Here is how I am currently rated for my current 90%

  • 50% MH
  • 50% Ankylosing Spondylitis (Back)
  • 30% Scars on Head
  • 20% Right Shoulder (Bilateral)
  • 20% Left Shoulder (Bilateral)
  • 10% Right Hip (Bilateral)
  • 10% Left Hip (Bilateral)
  • 10% Tinnitus
  • 0% Acne
  • 0% Eye Condition

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Further Reading

If VA finds that a Veteran has multiple disabilities, VA uses the Combined Rating Table to calculate a combined disability rating. Disability ratings are not additive, meaning that if a Veteran has one disability rated 60% and a second disability 20%, the combined rating is not 80%. This is because subsequent disability ratings are applied to an already disabled Veteran, so the 20% disability is applied to a Veteran who is already 60% disabled.

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If you have multiple service-connected conditions — VA will combine them using a process called VA Math. 
Here’s how it works:
  • VA starts with the premise that every veteran is 100 percent efficient or not disabled. 
  • So, if a veteran has a disability rating of 20 percent:
  • VA sees them as 80 percent non-disabled and 20 percent disabled. 
  • To include another disability rating of 10 percent, VA will take 10 percent of the 80 percent non-disabled portion and add it to the existing 20 percent rating. 
  • This brings the veteran’s total disability rating to 28 percent, which will be rounded to 30 percent.
  • This process continues with each disability rating the veteran has.

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