New VA Benefits for Some Veteran Athletes

The Veterans’ Administration is partnering with the U.S. Paralympics to provide a monthly allowance to some veterans in training for the Paralympics.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Paralympics Military Camp website.

Under the new rule, the VA will pay the allowance to a Veteran with a service-connected or non-service-connected disability if the Veteran is invited by the U.S. Paralympics to compete for a slot on the U.S. Paralympic team or is residing at a U.S. Paralympic training center for training or competition.

“Our disabled Veterans are models of courage, resilience and determination,” stated Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a VA press release. “This new allowance will enable our disabled athletes to further their recovery by taking part in world-class adaptive sports.”

Not all disabled Veterans will qualify for the subsistence allowance, which will be administered by the U.S. Paralympics.The allowance rates start at $554 per month for Veterans without dependents. The current rate table is available here.

Applications for the allowance must be submitted through the U.S. Paralympics. The VA Paralympics Program Office will work closely with U.S. Paralympic Committee to ensure that Veterans who are eligible for retroactive payments are processed in a timely manner.

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