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Department of Veterans Affairs

VA benefits are affected if a beneficiary is convicted of a felony and imprisoned for more than 60 days.

Disability or Death Pension paid to an incarcerated beneficiary must be discontinued. Disability compensation paid to an incarcerated veteran rated 20-percent or more disabled is limited to the 10 percent rate. For a surviving spouse, child or dependent parent receiving Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, or a veteran whose disability rating is 10 percent, the payment is reduced to half of the rate payable to a veteran evaluated as 10 percent disabled.

Any amounts not paid may be apportioned to eligible dependents. Payments are not reduced for participants in work-release programs, residing in halfway houses or under community control.

Failure to notify VA of a veteran's incarceration can result in overpayment of benefits and the subsequent loss of all VA financial benefits until the overpayment is recovered. VA benefits will not be provided to any veteran or dependent wanted for an outstanding felony warrant.

Persons convicted of a federal or state capital crime are barred from receiving VA burial benefits.


Can a Veteran Receive VA Benefits While in Prison?

VA can pay certain benefits to veterans who are incarcerated in a Federal, state, or local penal institution. However, the amount we can pay depends on the type of benefit and reason for incarceration. This fact sheet provides information about the benefits most commonly affected by imprisonment.

How Will Your Imprisonment Effect the Payment of:

VA Disability Compensation?

Your monthly payment will be reduced beginning with the 61st day of your imprisonment for a felony. If your payment before you went to prison was greater than the 10% rate, your new payment amount will be at the 10% rate. If you were getting the 10% rate before you were imprisoned, your new payment will be half the 10% rate. Compensation benefits are not reduced if imprisoned for a misdemeanor.

VA Disability Pension?

If you are imprisoned in a Federal, state, or local penal institution as the result of conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, such pension payment will be discontinued effective on the 61st day of imprisonment following conviction.

Are You Eligible for VA Medical Care While Imprisoned?

Incarcerated veterans do not forfeit their eligibility for medical care; however, current regulations restrict VA from providing hospital and outpatient care to an incarcerated veteran who is an inmate in an institution of another government agency when that agency has a duty to give the care or services.

VA may provide care once the veteran has been unconditionally released from the penal institution. Veterans interested in applying for enrollment into the VA health care system should contact the nearest VA health care facility upon their release.

Can Your Dependent(s) Receive Any of the Money Not Paid While You Are Imprisoned?

VA can take all or part of the benefits you are not receiving and apportion it to your spouse, child or children, and dependent parents on the basis of individual need. They should contact the nearest VA regional office for details on how to apply. They will be asked to provide income information as part of the application process.

When Will Benefits Be Resumed?

Your award for compensation or pension benefits shall be resumed the date of release from incarceration if the Department of Veterans Affairs receives notice of release within 1 year following release. Depending on the type of disability, VA may schedule you for a medical examination to see if your disability has improved. You will need to visit or call your local VA regional office for assistance.

Note: You are considered to have been released from incarceration if you are paroled or participating in a work release or half-way house program.

For More Information, Call Toll-Free 1-800-827-1000

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Compensation & Pension Service - January 2022

PDF: http://www.FedCURE.org/documents/incarcerated2008.pdf

Source URL:  https://www.va.gov/welcome-kit/?utm_source=header&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VetResources  



Compensation & Pension Service - April 2006


PDF:               http://www.FedCURE.org/documents/VA-Dept-IncarceratedVeterans2006.pdf

Source URL:  http://www.vba.va.gov/benefit_facts/MISC/English/Incarceratedeg_0406.doc

Healthcare for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) is a program designed to address the community reentry needs of veterans regarding release from state or federal prison. http://www1.va.gov/HOMELESS/docs/Reentry/09_fl.pdf



Department of Veterans Affairs


Veterans Health Administration

Washington, DC 20420

July 22, 2010


1. PURPOSE: The purpose of this Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Directive is to provide guidance on access to and the use of medical marijuana by Veteran patients. 

VA Website page: VA and Marijuana - What Veterans need to know.




Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program

The Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IV-TP), managed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), is designed to help ex-offender veterans who are at risk of homelessness to reenter the workforce. The program provides direct services through a case management approach to link incarcerated veterans with appropriate employment and life skills support as they transition from a correctional facility into the community.
Go here for more:  Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program.

Healthcare for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) is a program designed to address the community reentry needs of veterans regarding release from state or federal prison.



Veterans Compensation Benefits Rate Tables - Effective 12/1/09

There will be no COLA for 2010 so the rates are the same as last year.

Basic Rates - 10%-100% Combined Degree Only

Rates (No Dependents): 10% - 20%

Without Children With Children
30% - 60% 30% - 60%
70% - 100% 70% - 100%
To find out how to use these rate tablesCLICK HERE

10% - 20% (No Dependents)

Percentage Rate
10% $123
20% $243

30% - 60%Without Children

Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60%
Veteran Alone $376 $541 $770 $974
Veteran with Spouse Only $421 $601 $845 $1064
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $457 $649 $905 $1136
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $493 $697 $965 $1208
Veteran with One Parent $412 $589 $830 $1046
Veteran with Two Parents $448 $637 $890 $1118
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnoteb) $40 $54 $68 $81

70% - 100%Without Children

Dependent Status 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran Alone $1,228 $1,427 $1,604 $2,673
Veteran with Spouse Only $1,333 $1,547 $1,739 $2,823
Veteran with Spouse & One Parent $1,417 $1,643 $1,847 $2,943
Veteran with Spouse and Two Parents $1,501 $1,739 $1,955 $3,063
Veteran with One Parent $1,312 $1,523 $1,712 $2,793
Veteran with Two Parents $1,396 $1,619 $1,820 $2,913
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnoteb) $95 $108 $122 $136

30% - 60%With Children

Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60%
Veteran with Spouse & Child $453 $644 $899 $1129
Veteran with Child Only $406 $581 $820 $1034
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $489 $692 $959 $1201
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $525 $740 $1019 $1,273
Veteran with One Parent and Child $442 $629 $880 $1106
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $478 $677 $940 $1178
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $22 $30 $37 $45
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $72 $96 $120 $144
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnoteb) $40 $54 $68 $81

70% - 100%With Children

Dependent Status 70% 80% 90% 100%
Veteran with Spouse & Child $1,409 $1,634 $1,837 $2,932
Veteran with Child Only $1,298 $1,507 $1,694 $2,774
Veteran with Spouse, One Parent and Child $1,493 $1,730 $1,945 $3,052
Veteran with Spouse, Two Parents and Child $1,577 $1,826 $2,053 $3,172
Veteran with One Parent and Child $1,382 $1,603 $1,802 $2,894
Veteran with Two Parents and Child $1,466 $1,699 $1,910 $3,014
Add for Each Additional Child Under Age 18 $52 $60 $67 $75
Each Additional Schoolchild Over Age 18 (see footnote a) $168 $192 $216 $240
Additional for A/A spouse (see footnoteb) $95 $108 $122 $136

  1. Rates for each school child are shown separately. They are not included with any other compensation rates. All other entries on this chart reflecting a rate for children show the rate payable for children under 18 or helpless. To find the amount payable to a 70% disabled veteran with a spouse and four children, one of whom is over 18 and attending school, take the 70% rate for a veteran with a spouse and 3 children, $ 1,513, and add the rate for one school child, $168. The total amount payable is $1,681.

  2. Where the veteran has a spouse who is determined to require A/A, add the figure shown as "additional for A/A spouse" to the amount shown for the proper dependency code. For example, veteran has A/A spouse and 2 minor children and is 70% disabled. Add $95, additional for A/A spouse, to the rate for a 70% veteran with dependency code 12, $1,461. The total amount payable is $ 1,556.

To find out how to use these rate tables CLICK HERE.

For prior rate tables on this topic choose one: 12-1-2008 12-1-2007 12-1-2006 12-1-2005 12-1-2004
12-1-2003 12-1-2002 12-1-2001 12-1-2000 12-1-1999.

If you do not have Microsoft Word software installed, you may download free viewer and reader software to view the document cited below.

For additional historic rate charts on this topic CLICK HERE.


Veterans Win PTSD Settlement

Week of January 23, 2012 and 23 September 2019 article.

A federal judge has approved a settlement that will deliver better benefits to nearly 2,100 veterans who have been medically discharged since 2002 with post-traumatic stress disorder. Under the settlement, affected veterans discharged with PTSD will get lifetime health care and post-exchange privileges. The affected veterans had been discharged with disability ratings that were too low to receive such benefits. The class action lawsuit was Sabo v. United States. Similar legal efforts are currently underway. For more information, visit the PTSD: National Center for PTSD and the 23 September 2019 article: PTSD Among Veterans: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and CBD.


VA Annual Reports

The National Center for PTSD Annual Reports describe Center activities and accomplishments for each fiscal year. Each report contains three sections: 1) Research, 2) Education, and 3) Consultation, as well as tables describing staff productivity.

For information on the National Center for PTSD's current activities see our Research, Education, and Consultation Initiatives.  https://www.ptsd.va.gov/

 Public and Intergovernmental Affairs


Fact Sheet: VA Programs for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


December 2004

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an ailment resulting from exposure to an extreme stress involving direct or indirect threat of death, serious injury or a physical threat.  The trauma may be experienced alone, as in rape or assault, or in the company of others, as in military combat. 

The events that can cause PTSD are called "stressors."  They include natural disasters (floods, earthquakes), accidents (car accidents, airplane crashes, large fires) or deliberate man-made disasters (bombing, torture, death camps). 

Symptoms include recurrent thoughts of a traumatic event, reduced involvement in work or outside interests, hyper alertness, anxiety and irritability. The disorder apparently is more severe and longer lasting when the stress is of human design.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) listed more than 185,000 veterans in 2003 as having PTSD as a service-connected disability.

Vet Centers

VA readjustment counseling is provided through 206 community-based Vet Centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.  Vet Centers are located outside of medical facilities, often in shopping malls and other community settings.

The Vet Center mission features a mix of direct counseling and help accessing other programs, such as psychological counseling for veterans exposed to war trauma or who were sexually assaulted during military service, family counseling, community outreach and education, and extensive social services and referral activities to help veterans improve their social and economic prospects after the military.

Interdisciplinary teams that include psychologists, nurses and social workers staff Vet Centers.  Vet Center teams reflect ethnic and gender diversity and include many veterans, most having served in a combat theater of operations.

Eligibility for Vet Center services includes all Vietnam theater veterans, other Vietnam era veterans who accessed Vet Center care prior to January 1, 2004, and any other veteran who served in any war, armed conflict or peace keeping mission. Eligibility for sexual trauma counseling at Vet Centers is open to any veteran regardless of period of service. 

In 2003, Vet Centers saw approximately 130,000 veterans and provided over 990,000 visits to veterans and family members.  For many veterans who would not otherwise receive VA assistance, the Vet Centers make more than 100,000 referrals a year to VA medical facilities and another 120,000 referrals annually to VA regional offices for disability compensation, pensions or other benefits.  For the third consecutive year, 99 percent of veterans using Vet Centers reported being satisfied with services received. 

VA Medical Center Programs

VA operates an internationally recognized network of more than 140 specialized programs for the treatment of PTSD through its medical centers and clinics.  One notable program consists of PTSD clinical teams that provide outpatient treatment, working closely with other VA treatment programs, including Vet Centers and the community.  In 2003, VA specialists treated more than 77,800 veterans for PTSD.

In addition to 97 PTSD clinical teams, VA operates five specialized inpatient units around the country, plus three brief-treatment units, 14 residential rehabilitation programs, and seven PTSD day hospitals.  There also are five outpatient Wome's Stress Disorder and Treatment Teams.  A special focus in the program has included underserved and minority populations, such as African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans.  A specialized PTSD inpatient treatment unit serves women veterans at the Palo Alto, Calif., VA Medical Center's Menlo Park Division. 

The Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act (Public Law 106-117) re-established the Under Secretary of Health's Special Committee on PTSD.  The committee will assess VA's capacity to diagnose and treat PTSD and provide guidance on VA's education, research and benefits activities with regard to PTSD. 

National PTSD Center

VA established the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in 1989, with a mandate to promote research into the causes and diagnosis of the disorder, to train health care and related personnel in diagnosis and treatment, and to serve as an information resource for professionals across the United States and, eventually, around the world.  The center consists of seven divisions with distinct, but complementary responsibilities: behavioral science, women's health sciences, clinical neurosciences, education, evaluation, pacific islands ethno cultural, and executive and resource center divisions. 

The center is committed to approaching PTSD through a focus on research, education and consultation. These three threads weave the Center's work together in a way that brings science into practice and ensures that clinical concerns guide scientific priorities.  The National Center has come to be viewed as a world leader in PTSD research.  Current research at the center includes large-scale clinical trials, as well as studies on the epidemiology, diagnosis, psychobiology and treatment of PTSD.

Among its many educational programs, the center provides regular satellite broadcasts and publishes two newsletters, which highlight the latest developments in research and clinical practices for PTSD.  The National Center also offers a monthly 5-day clinical training program free of charge to VA staff, and maintains a nationally recognized Web site (http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/) with information about trauma and PTSD.  The Web site includes documents such as the Iraq War Clinician Guide to help clinicians diagnose and treat veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a bibliographic database of more than 21,000 articles.  The National Center also provides consultation to clinicians, scientists and policy makers concerning treatment, research and education regarding PTSD.



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Incarcerated Veterans Guidebook This guide is the the PDF format. 31 pages. File size is 172 KB. http://www.vetsinfo.com/incarcerated_veterans.htm  

Re-Entry Blog: Regional Veterans programs for the Incarcerated Vete... VA Outreach for Incarcerated Veterans is diverse, but has some basic uniformity. Current VA Outreach by Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN's) is:

Who We Are The Veterans of the Vietnam War and The Veterans Coalition maintains a program for incarcerated veterans to assist them in their re-integration into society ... http://www.vvnw.org/About_VVnW/About.htm  

Forgotten warriors: an evaluation of the emotional well-being of ..... The MLQ results also indicated that, compared to their nonincarcerated counterparts, the incarcerated veterans were more likely to be black, ... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=3582960&dopt=Abstract

Incarcerated veterans often face service-related illnesses The outside contact, they said, reminds incarcerated veterans their service was valued and that they have a future once they are released. Tom Baxter ... http://www.thepowerhour.com/news/incarcerated_vets.htm

Veteran Facts 1 in every 6 incarcerated veterans was not honorably discharged from the military. ... Nearly 60% of incarcerated veterans had served in the Army. ... http://www.rcnv.org/rcnv/archives/2003/veteran_facts.htm  

DON'T LEAVE VETERANS OUT OF THE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT The Bureau of Justice Statistics of the US Department of Justice is expected to release a study on incarcerated veterans on Tuesday, January 18th. ... http://veterans.house.gov/democratic/dc/jointdc1-14-00.htm  

Incarcerated Veterans: The VA Can Pay Certain Benefits to Veterans ... Whether a veteran is eligible to receive VA benefits while in prison, how payments are affected by imprisonment, whether money not paid to a veteran can be ... http://www.nicic.org/Library/019375

IT Resources for Veterans Looking to Learn to Computer Code: http://wiht.link/veteranscoding

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program The Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP) is operated by VVSD and funded ... An in-reach specialist will meet with incarcerated veterans to assess ... http://www.vvsd.net/incarcerated.htm  

Incarcerated Veterans Help - VeteransResources.org Supporting veterans seeking benefits while incarcerated.  http://www.veteransresources.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=31

ADVANCE FOR RELEASE AT 4:30 PM EST BJS TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2000 ..... The BJS study also found that: --Fifty percent of these incarcerated veterans had served during a period of wartime 35 percent were Vietnam-era veterans and ... http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/press/vpj.pr

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans - Incarcerated Veterans NCHV will end homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, educating the public, and building the capacity of service providers. http://www.nchv.org/incarcerated.cfm

Volunteers of America - Our Services Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program ... Less than three percent of formerly incarcerated veterans served by the program since its inception in Kentucky ... http://www.voa.org/OurServices/Corrections/Incarcerated+Veterans+Transition+Program.htm

Benefits for Incarcerated Veterans Benefits for Incarcerated Veterans. Can a veteran receive VA benefits ... While incarcerated veterans do not forfeit their eligibility for medical care, ... http://www.vba.va.gov/ro/new-orleans/prison.htm  

Veterans Incarcerated White Paper It may seem like a semantic distinction, but VVA refers to this population as "Veterans Incarcerated," not as "incarcerated veterans" precisely because ... http://www.vva.org/legiss/vi_white.htm

A Guidebook for Incarcerated Veterans 2. Forward. This handbook can be an important tool. Review all of the programs thoroughly to understand the opportunities available. ... http://www.dva.wa.gov/PDF%20files/IncVetHandbook.pdf

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US Department of Labor—Veterans' Employment and Training ... General Information. Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Brochure (PDF Format) - Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Grant Provisions (PDF Format) ... http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/ivtp/main.htm

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program.p65 approach – to link incarcerated veterans with appropriate employment and life skills support ... Applicants familiar with incarcerated veterans ...  http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/ivtp/incarcerated_veterans_transition_program.pdf

Veterans in Prison or Jail 1 in every 6 incarcerated veterans. were not honorably discharged from the military. $ About 20% of veterans in prison. or jail reported seeing combat duty ... http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/pdf/vpj.pdf 

Incarcerated Veterans The VA can pay certain benefits to veterans who are incarcerated in a Federal, state or local penal institution.  http://www.military.com/Resources/ResourcesContent/0,13964,30991-mil_status_veteran-1,00.html 

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