What Is Permanent and Total Disability?

While a Veteran can be both totally disabled or permanently disabled at a less than total evaluation, the VA’s finding that a Veteran is entitled to a permanent and total disability (P&T) rating is one of the most favorable decision that the VA will issue. The designation of “total” means that the veteran has a disability that renders him completely disabled or unable to maintain a substantially gainful occupation. Further, because the disability is “permanent” the VA cannot challenge the evaluation in the future. A designation of permanent and total disability status entitles a veteran to a host of elevated disability compensation benefits.

Benefits of a Permanent and Total Designation