Welcome to VA Math for Dummies. Prepare yourself. Whoever thought of this was nuts! Seriously nuts. I am going to show you how it works and then we will look at a VA disability rating calculator.
That being said, Don’t worry! You’ll be fine! We’ll help you through VA Math step-by-step with a few examples. You should now feel very reassured and ready to face VA Math head-on.
So here’s how VA Math works. Each condition is a percentage of the disability of the service member. When combined together, however, each percentage is not a percentage of the entire service member but a percentage of what is left after other percentages have been subtracted. Got that?
No? Well here’s an example:
Billy’s entire body is equal to 100%. Let’s say that Billy has three rated conditions. The first is a knee injury that is rated 30%. The second is a shoulder injury rated 20%. The last is a back injury rated 10%. Instinct would assume that the combined rating would be 60% (30 + 20 + 10 = 60).
Unfortunately, that’s not the case with VA Math.