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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Highest Raise in Disabled Veterans’ Compensation Rates in Years

In 2018, disabled veterans and military retirees will see the largest Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) raise in 8 years reflected in their paychecks. While still not large, the 2% increase is a big jump from the 0.3% last year or the 0% in 2015.

The COLA is adjusted annually with the rate of inflation to help government beneficiaries, including retirees and disabled veterans, keep up with the rising cost of living. It is calculated using the Consumer Price Index, which compares the costs of products this year to th
e cost last year.

Check out our site to see the 2018 VA Disability Rates and compare them to the current VA Disability Rates.

While Congress is still debating the amount of the pay raise for active duty troops, this COLA does not require Congressional action. It will go into effect in December regardless of Congress’ decision about the active duty raise.


  1. Cost of housing jumped far more than this.

  2. Mitral valve regurgitation? repair not replaced, aggravated by my military service? Any thoughts on percentage? 9 yrs just got BVA to make award to me.
    All the way and then some!!! RJ

    1. Hi Randall -

      Mitral valve regurgitation is a type of valvular heart disease, and so is rated under code 7000:

      The ratings for service-aggravation are pretty much impossible to predict. The VA will look at your records and your condition and compare it to the standard progression of the condition. If it can be proven to have progressed more than usually, they can decide that it is service-aggravated. They will then rate it based on the Heart's Basic Rating System using ONLY the amount it was aggravated to award the rating.

      Because of how complicated it is to rate a service-aggravated condition, I unfortunately have no way to predict what your rating should be.