VA Clothing Allowance for Disabled Veterans

The VA clothing allowance is a little known benefit for certain veterans with service-connected disabilities. This benefit only applies to veterans with a service-connected disability which require the use of a prosthetic, orthopedic device, or skin medication that cause irreparable damage to clothing, and because of this damage, requires more frequent replacement. Here is the quote from the application form, VA Form 10-8678 (pdf):

Veterans who wear or use a qualifying prescribed prosthetic or orthopedic appliance and/or prescription medication for a service-connected disability or skin condition may be eligible for an annual clothing allowance. To be eligible, the appliance must wear or tear clothing, or medication must irreparably damage the veteran’s outer-garments.

Disabled Veteran Clothing Allowance

VA Clothing AllowanceClothing Allowance Benefit: The VA Clothing Allowance is for eligible veterans with a service-connected disability and is worth $742 per year (increases to $753 on August 1, 2013). The benefit is designed to be used to replace clothing that worn or torn by the continued use of prosthetic or orthopedic devices, or because of required skin medications. It is possible to receive two clothing allowance benefits (for a total of $1,482; $1,506 after August 1, 2013) if you have more than one qualifying condition. For example, veterans with multiple prosthetic devices or skin conditions may be eligible to receive two allowances per year if they qualify, provided the conditions damage distinct clothing items. Multiple awards are made on a case by case basis.

Eligibility: The first requirement is to have a service-connected disability that requires the use of a prosthetic or orthopedic device, or the use of skin cremes which irreparably damage the outer garments. According to the VA, “Irreparable damages do not include stains that are removable through regular laundering or dry cleaning.”

Common examples include the wearing of a prosthetic or orthopedic device, artificial limb, rigid brace, back brace, the use of a wheelchair, or the required application of skin cremes or other medications which may damage clothing.

How to Apply: You can apply for this benefit at your VA hospital or clinic or by mailing in the completed application form. Submit the form to the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) at the VA Medical Center closest to you. This is an annual allowance which must be renewed each year. The form must be submitted no later than August 1st of each year.

Before you apply, you should gather all your relevant paperwork and supporting information to help fill out the application form. Printing the form and reviewing it before you apply will help you gather all applicable information.

When filling out the form you will need to list the clothing item that becomes damaged by your prosthetic, medical device or skin cream, the related disability, when it was issued, the VA Facility that issued it, and how it impacts your life.

As with all forms you submit to the VA you will be required to sign and certify the information is accurate.

If this is your first time submitting the application, it is recommended you visit the VA center closest to you for assistance with the application.

Photo credit: Sergeant Ian Forsyth RLC

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Date published: January 30, 2013.

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  1. Dave Platko says

    I am trying to change my direct deposit for my retirement check, how can I accomplish this? Is there a site that furnishes a document to send in? Any guidance would be appreciated.
    Thank you

  2. James says

    I have not received my 2014 clothing allowance in my savings yet, and I filed in March of 2013, for double allowance. Why have I not gotten it, it was on time last year and all the years before that.

  3. Wanda says

    I have not received my 2014 allowance yet either, and I can’t get anyone to explain why. They just tell me it has been approved but the payment has not been released yet. What’s going on?

  4. Jerry Barbee says

    I have been told by the daytona beach va clinic veterans will no longer receive clothing allowance for approved va wheelchair use. I can not find any new regulations on this. When I asked the prosthetic department they can not supply the regulations all I’m being told is they received a memo saying they will no longer pay clothing allowance for approved wheelchair use. Do you know anything about this new change to clothing allowance? Something stinks here.

    • CeTasha Nathan says

      Hey Jerry, I was told the same thing about my knee braces that I normally get paid for. I had the officials here in Birmingham explain to me why. Look up VHA Handbook 1173.15. They made some new regulations so that veterans would stop getting this allowance. They are making “gear” so that it won’t cause damage to your clothing. I was denied last year also. I hope this was helpful.

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