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VA Clothing Allowance: What You Need to Know

VA Clothing Allowance: What You Need to Know
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If you wear a prosthetic, use special medicine for a skin condition, or rely on an orthopedic device due to a service-connected disability, you may be eligible for a VA clothing allowance. This allowance helps offset the cost of replacing clothing damaged by these devices or medications. Here’s what you need to know:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must have applied for service-connected disability and be receiving compensation.
  • At least one of the following must be true:
    • You use more than one prosthetic or orthopedic device.
    • You require more than one skin medicine.
    • Your device or medicine affects more than one type of clothing.

Payment Information:

  • The current clothing allowance rate is $795.21.
  • To receive a yearly payment, you must apply by August 1 of the applicable year.
  • Permanent damages to clothing qualify; removable stains, for example, do not.
  • Multiple payments are possible if you have more than one qualifying device that has damaged clothing.

Application Process:

  • Fill out the Annual VA Clothing Allowance form (VA form -10-8678).
  • Submit the form to your prosthetic representative at your local VA medical center.
  • Application submission methods include mailing, faxing, or delivering to your local VA Hospital or Clinic.
  • Do not email your application.

Documentation Needed:

  • Gather medical records and supporting documents.
  • Include details about the damaged clothing, your disability, issuance date of the device or medicine, and how it has impacted your life.

Payment Schedule:

  • Most payments are processed between September 1 and October 31 of the current year.

Vehicle Allowance:

  • If you have lost a limb or have a severe physical disability, you might qualify for a one-time vehicle allowance to assist in purchasing a specially equipped vehicle.
  • The one-time payment is capped at $21,058.69.

In conclusion, after applying for VA compensation, if service-connected prosthetics or medications damage your clothing, you may be eligible for a clothing allowance. This annual benefit aims to alleviate the financial burden of replacing clothing affected by your disability-related devices or medications.

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