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Benefit Levels

The level or percentage of your service-connected disability will affect the benefits you are entitled to receive.  Veterans Compensation Benefits Rate Tables are available on the Department of Veteran Affairs website.

0% and Greater Disability 
If veterans are considered 0 percent disabled or greater, they are eligible for the following:

  • Free VA Medical ID Card (Once service connected will be identified on VA Card)
  • Free mass transit in metro area if service connected.  (Will be identified on bottom of VA Card)
  • Free  National Park access
  • Home Loan Guaranty Certificate of Eligibility
  • Service Disabled Veterans Life Insurance.  You must apply within two years from initial notice of service connection of a disability. Call 1-800-669-8477 for more information about waiver of National Service Life Insurance premiums and National Service Life Insurance total disability income provisions.
  • Outpatient treatment for service connected condition and for all medical conditions if enrolled in VA healthcare program.  Co-payment for treatment may apply for non-service connected conditions.
  • Travel allowance for scheduled appointments for care of the service connected condition that the VA Medical Centers and VA Out- Patient Clinics.  Eligibility based on veteran's family income.
  • 10-Point Federal Civil Service Preference.  (10 points added to Federal Civil Service test score) Private companies may elect to utilize veterans preference in hiring. 
  • Clothing Allowance for veterans who use or wear a prosthetic or orthopedic appliance (artificial limb, braces, wheelchair) or use prescribed medications for skin condition which tend to wear, tear or soil clothing.
  • 100 percent payment on hospitalization for a service connected disability necessitating at least one month of convalescence or immobilization by cast, without surgery of one major joint or more.
  • Dental treatment for service connected dental condition, follow-up dental treatment which was begun while hospitalized at a VA Medical Center, or a former Prisoner of War with 90 or more days consecutive days of confinement.  Some restrictions may apply based on availability of services.


10% and Greater Disability
If veterans are considered 10 percent disabled or greater, they are eligible for all of the above benefits as well as the following:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation, which includes full medical and dental if needed.  (Chapter 31)
  • Funding fees waived for Home Loan Guaranty.


30% and Greater Disability
If veterans are considered 30 percent disabled or greater, they are eligible for all of the above benefits as well as the following:

  • Additional compensation for dependents.  (Spouse, children, dependent parents)
  • Additional allowance for a spouse who is a patient in a nursing home.  (Either helpless, blind, or so nearly helpless as to require the aid and attendance of another person.)


40% and Greater Disability
If veterans are considered 40 percent disabled or greater, they are eligible for all of the above benefits as well as the following:

  • Automobile Assistance.  (One-time payment up to $8,000). Veteran must have service connected loss of one or both hands or feet, or permanent loss of use, or permanent impairment of vision of both eyes.  (For information, contact Prosthetics, Minneapolis VAMC)
  • Special Adaptive Automobile Equipment.  Veteran must have service connected immobility of one or both knees, or one or both hips.


50% and Greater Disability
If veterans are considered 50 percent disabled or greater, they are eligible for all of the above benefits as well as the following:

  • VA Medical out-patient treatment for any condition (except dental). 
  • Preventative health care services.
  • No co-payments for treatment at a VA Medical Center and CBOCS.
  • No co-payments on prescription drugs for service connected disabilities.  Includes prescriptions written by a non-VA physician providing care under an authorized fee basis agreement with the VA Medical Center.  A co-payment will be charged if the prescription is not for a service connected disability.
  • Hospital care and medical services in non-VA facilities under an authorized fee basis agreement.


60% and Greater Disability
If veterans are considered 60 percent disabled or greater, they are eligible for all of the above benefits as well as the following:

  • Increased compensation (100%) based on Individual Unemployability. This applies to veterans who are unable to obtain or maintain gainful employment due to their service connected disability.


70% and Greater Disability
If veterans are considered 70 percent disabled or greater, they are eligible for all of the above benefits as well as the following:

  • Minnesota Property Tax Exclusion. Up to $150,000 exemption.  Veterans between 70-100% who are not permanently and totally disabled must reapply annually for the exemption.


100% Disability
If veterans are considered 100 percent disabled, they are eligible for all of the above benefits as well as the following:

  • Dental treatment
  • Department of Defense Commissary/Exchange privileges.  Must request a letter from the VA specifying veteran is in receipt of 100% disability, and then apply for a military ID card at the nearest ID card issuing facility.
  • Veterans employment preference for spouse.
  • Emergency treatment in non-VA facilities if VA facilities are not available.
  • Waiver of premium for National Service Life Insurance.
  • National Life Insurance total disability income provisions.
  • Specially adapted housing for veterans. 
  • Special home adaptation grant for those who don’t qualify for Specially Adapted Housing.

100% Permanent and Total Disability
For veterans considered permanently 100 percent disabled, they are eligible for all of the above benefits as well as the following:

  • Civilian Health and Medical Program for dependents and survivors (CHAMPVA)
  • Survivors and dependents education assistance under Chapter 35 (Title 38 USC).
  • Special Compensation: Veteran must be rated for Special Compensation due to the loss of limbs, eyesight, aid and attendance, housebound, or two separate medical conditions that are rated 60% each or 100% each.

Last updated: 2/12/2013 2:43 AM