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Increased disability rating for time in a hospital

Did you spend time in a VA hospital or a VA-approved hospital for a disability related to your military service (called a service-connected disability)? If you did, you may be able to get added disability compensation or benefits with a temporary 100% disability rating for the time you spent in the hospital. Find out if you can get this benefit.

Am I eligible for disability benefits from VA?

You may be eligible for disability benefits if you meet one of these requirements.

One of these must be true:

  • You spent more than 21 days in a VA hospital or other approved hospital for a service-connected disability, or
  • You were under hospital observation for more than 21 days at our expense for a service-connected disability

Who’s covered?


What kind of disability benefits can I get?

  • Health care
  • Increased compensation (payments) for the time you spent in the hospital

How do I get these benefits?

You’ll need to file a claim for disability compensation.
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

Note: If you weren’t in a VA hospital, when filing your claim you’ll need to give us your hospital discharge summary showing the length and cause of your hospital stay.

Example: A Veteran with a 40% service-connected disability rating for diabetes had to stay in a VA hospital after going into a diabetic coma. He needed to stay in the hospital for 25 days because of the coma and related infections. We raised his rating to 100% during his hospital stay. After he got out of the hospital, his disability rating went back to 40%.