When To Expect Your First VA Disability Check

Veterans who are injured or disabled in the course of serving their country are entitled to disability benefits. This can include financial support and other benefits like healthcare.

When you apply for disability benefits, the Office of the Veterans Affairs (VA) will rate your disability. This disability rating will determine how much and what type of benefits you’ll receive. Your rating must at least be 10% to qualify for disability benefits.

Upon approval of your disability claim, the VA office will send you a notification stating such. You can then expect to receive your first VA disability check within 15 days. You can refer to the payment schedule below to know when your first check will most likely arrive.

If your disability payment doesn’t arrive after that time period, you can contact the VA helpline at 800-827-1000.

2020 VA Disability Payment Schedule

VA disability payments are released every first business day of the month following the month it covers. For example, disability benefits for January will be paid on the first business day of February.

If the first business day falls on a weekend or holiday, it will be released on the last working day immediately preceding.

Below is the disability payment schedule for 2020:

January January 31, 2020
February February 28, 2020
March April 1, 2020
April May 1, 2020
May June 1, 2020
June July 1, 2020
July July 31, 2020
August September 1, 2020
September October 1, 2020
October October 30, 2020
November December 1, 2020
December December 31, 2020



Veterans who will receive a VA disability check.

How Much Will You Get?

Your disability compensation amount will depend on:

  • your disability rating
  • dependent status
  • Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for that year

Some beneficiaries also receive their backpay together with their first disability payment. But it’s common for the VA to take months before releasing your backpay and other retroactive benefits.


If your backpay is taking longer than usual, it’s best to ask for help from an experienced workers compensation lawyer like Victor Malca. He can help get your disability application approved as well as your retroactive benefits released as early as possible.

For 2020, a VA beneficiary with no dependent and has a disability rating of 10% can receive $142.29 a month. That’s the minimum amount you can get. If your rating is at 100% and you are married with a child, you can receive up to $3,406.04 per month. You can also receive $277.96 for every additional schoolchild over age 18. Please refer to the VA website for more detailed compensation rates.

If you have multiple disabilities, you can check this table to estimate your combined rating. You can also log-in to your DS Logon, My HealtheVet or ID.me account to view your disability rating.

Depending on your rating, you can also avail of other VA benefits such as:

If you have more questions about your VA disability benefit, you can always visit your local Veterans Affairs office. For help with your disability application, you can also contact us for a free consultation.

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About The Author

Judy Ponio is a writer and editor for the Victor Malca Law P.A. website and blog. She enjoys helping people in need with questions about social security disability and workers compensation law. She has a passion for helping those in need and the elderly with accurate legal information that can make a positive difference in their lives.