REFORM THE VA DISABILITY COMPENSATION FORMULA
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Currently the VA rates disabled Vets in increments of 10 percent. Each service-connected disability is rated separately. The problem lies with what they do with those ratings when figuring the amount of compensation a disabled Vet will receive
.Example- a veteran receives the following ratings: 70% PTSD, 30% spinal stenosis, 10% rt ankle, 10% rt hip, 10% rt leg. These percentages add up to 130%. The VA then goes to the Compensation Table (https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?rgn=div5;node=38:188.8.131.52.5#se38.1.4_125 and using their formula, the Veteran would be classified and compensated at 90% disabled.
The theory behind this table basically says that they take the highest rating, in this example 70% and subtract it from 100%. This leaves the Veteran with 30%. Then they take the next highest rating, in this example 30% and multiply it by the remaining 30%, which adds just under 10% to his 70% rating. This formula continues with the remaining disability ratings so that in the end 130% disability=90% disability for compensation purposes.
This method is used no matter what the numbers are. There are Veteran's who, when added individually, have 50% disabilities, but are compensated at the 40% rate. There are Veteran's that wait 5-7 years to find their rating increased by 10%, but receive no increase in compensation.
This formula makes no sense whatsoever. If a Veteran has separate service-connected disabilities with various percentage ratings, the total compensable rating should equal the sum of all the ratings. The Table the VA uses means that for a Veteran to receive 100% disability, they would need the separately rated problems to add up to 160% or even more.
To make matters worse, the difference in compensation between a 90% disabled Veteran and a 100% disabled Veteran is a whopping $1100.00 per month.
WE ASK THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN'S AFFAIRS, IN RECOGNITION TO OUR VETERAN'S SERVICE AND SACRIFICE TO OUR COUNTRY, OVERHAUL THE COMPENSATION RATING TABLE AND INSTEAD OF USING "VA MATH", USE A SIMPLE AND FAIR METHOD OF ADDING THE INDIVIDUAL RATINGS AND COMPENSATING THE VETERAN ACCORDINGLY. THE SYSTEM IN IT'S PRESENT FORM IS UNFAIR AND UNJUST AND DOES NOT ACCURATELY REFLECT THE HEALTH AND/OR ABILITY OF THE VETERAN. NOWHERE IN LIFE, EXCEPT AT THE VA, DOES 130%=90%
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