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Veteran Benefits While Incarcerated

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Can A Veteran Receive 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 Imprisonment Affect The Payment Of:

VA Disability Compensation Your monthly payment will be reduced beginning the 61st day of your imprisonment for a felony. If your payment before you went to prison was greater than the 10 percent rate, your new payment amount will be at the 10 percent rate. If you were receiving the 10 percent rate before you were imprisoned, your new payment will be half the 10 percent 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, your 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 healthcare system should contact the nearest VA healthcare facility upon their release.


Applying For Benefits

The first step to accessing VA services is to get your DD-214 discharge papers.  Click here for information on how to Get A Copy Of Your Military Record