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9.8.4 Degree of Incapacity and Assessment of Pension
Determining the degree of incapacity
After a rounded combined impairment rating and lifestyle rating has been obtained they are combined to determine the degree of incapacity. The degree of incapacity is expressed by a number, which is a percentage.
Determining rate of disability pension using GARP
Degree of incapacity and other eligibility criteria determines whether the veteran will receive:
- the general rate,
- the extreme disablement adjustment,
- the intermediate rate, or
- the special rate [glossary:(:][glossary:T&PI:][glossary:):].
For the purposes of Part VI of the VEA, a reference to a veteran is taken to be a reference to:
- a veteran as defined in subsection 5C(1) of the VEA;
- a member of the Forces as defined in subsection 68(1) of the VEA; or
- a member of a Peacekeeping Force as defined in subsection 68(1) of the VEA.
For the purposes of Part VII of the VEA, according to subsection 5C(1), veteran means a person (including a deceased person):
- who is taken to have rendered eligible war service, or
- in respect of whom a pension is, or pensions are, payable under subsection 13(6) and
- in Part III and Part VIIC of the VEA includes a person who is:
- a Commonwealth veteran, or
- an allied veteran, or
- an allied mariner.
The Extreme Disablement Adjustment is the equivalent of 150% of the General Rate. It is payable to very severely incapacitated veterans of 65 years & over who do not qualify for the Special or Intermediate Rates.