Disabled Veterans to Receive $250 Stimulus Checks

UPDATE: The first stimulus payments were sent Monday, June 22. All payments will be distributed by June 30.

Disabled military veterans currently receiving VA Disability Benefits are eligible to receive a one-time $250 Economic-Recovery Check from the US government. This is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that President Obama signed into law this past February.

Who is eligible for the $250 Stimulus Payment?

The $250 government stimulus check is for:

  • Retirees, disabled individuals and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients receiving benefits from the Social Security Administration.
  • Disabled veterans receiving benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Railroad Retirement beneficiaries.

This is a one time check that will be sent out in 2009. As of this writing, there are no plans to make this check available in 2010 or beyond.

VA Disability Beneficiaries stimulus check information

If you receive disability benefits from the VA, you will be among the thousands of individuals receiving this $250 stimulus check. Here is the information you need to know:

  • You will receive a one time $250 check.
  • You will receive the payment in the same method you receive your regular disability payment (direct deposit or physical check).
  • Your $250 stimulus payment will not be included in your regular VA disability payment.
  • The $250 stimulus check is not considered taxable income.
  • The $250 stimulus check will not affect your disability rating or benefits.
  • Your check may be used to offset debts owed to federal or state agencies (back taxes, child support, etc.).
  • You can only receive one $250 stimulus payment, even if you are eligible for more than one payment, such as from Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI)m or the Railroad Retirement Board. If you receive more than one check you will need to return it, or it will be taken from your account at a later date.
  • The stimulus check should show up in your bank account as an electronic transfer from the “US Treasury 220 VA ERP.”

When will you receive your $250 stimulus check?

Disabled veterans should receive their payment by July 10, 2009. If you do not receive it by then, you should contact the Veterans Affairs Administration by e-mail, letter, or phone. Be sure to include your VA file number (usually SSN) when you contact them. Here is the contact information:

  • Internet: https://iris.va.gov
  • Phone: 1-800-827-1000, or 1-800-829-4833 (TDD)
  • Mail: Department of Veterans Affairs, 1240 E 9th St, Cleveland OH, 44199

For more information about the $250 stimulus payment, check out the following websites:

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Date published: June 17, 2009. Last updated: November 12, 2012.

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  1. Shylah says

    I also filed my federal and state return and was wondering were the money was so I got online and found out the IRS rejected my tax claim due to me not reporting $250.00 VA Stimulus, which I was also told was not going to be taxable at the end of the year. This is a complete and udder crock of crap!!! Because now I am loosing $250.00 out of my tax return. If that is the case then they should have gave you a chose as if you wanted to get that or not. Also, why did our checks not go up this year? Thanks Obama!!

  2. Sandi J says

    My husband is a Viet Nam Veteran. We have been married for 42 years. Thanks to agent orange he has suffered many illnesses. We thought Uncle Sam was doing a nice things with this $250 check, but we should have known it was just another lie. Thank Obama!!! We won’t forget what you have done to us. You are suppose to serve the American People not run our lives.

  3. Jeff says

    Oh course he took it back. He HATES the military. But they will try and say it was a mistake or misunderstanding but I guarantee they will never let you keep the money. So quit whining and suck it up.

  4. Chris R says

    I am a disabled Vet, they took the $250.00 from me when I filed taxes. They tied this to the making work pay credit of $250.00. So if you are a disabled veteran and work they take it back. I would have received the $400.00 credit even if I was not a disabled veteran. My wife did not even work and received the $400.00 credit. My question is why disabled veterans whom did not work received only $250.00 instead of the $400.00? This is a complete sham! We need to have this covered on CNN News and all of us veterans need to stick together to vote this administration out of office!

  5. sal says

    There messing with the wrong people got my $250 did my taxes they took it back. well I say give me back MY MONEY THAT YOU GAVE WALL ST AND GM THEY FAILED ANYWAY. Don’t take it away from we who gave and were willing to sacrifice our lives FOR THE CONSTITUTION MR OBAMA YOU WILL NEVER BE MY COMMANDER AND CHIEF

  6. carlos says

    I just got done writing my Kansas governor I would suggest everyone to do the same. I’m a 40% disabled VET and fell into the same situation where I received the stimulus (If that’s what you want to call it) and then federal tax’s took every cent back.

  7. Jeff says

    Same story for me. My tax preparer called me to come in and adjust my claim as the IRS rejected my original back because the $250.00 was not included. Lots of press last year that the government was giving Disabled Vets this money – zero press now that the government is turning around and taking the $250 back. I am writing my senators and congressman – I suggest that all do the same.

  8. Joe says

    This is even better, I never knew of the $250 stimulus when it came out or recieved it…now my taxes are kicked back this year because I didnt claim the $250 I never got…WTF?

  9. Vicki says

    I was called back into our tax people due to IRS rejecting our claim . I was told that it isn’t taxable. I told my tax man, THAT”S BULL! THey took it out of our refund. My husband is service related vet and we are furious. Bush gave us money then OBama & Congress took it away. Everybody needs to speak up and put it on Facebook, media.

  10. Richard says

    We didn’t even get the chance to turn it down. To everyone who voted for Obama… That’s what you get… Idiots…

  11. John E. says

    Humm. Same same. Got the $250, was told it was not considered taxable income. Filed through H & R Block, did the E-file for the first time. Got a call that night that it was rejected. Just wondering, how many of you folks filed through H & R? Talked to a co-worker who used H & R software to file, and she had no reject—as of yet…

  12. RWH says

    Just got off the phone with the VA…. here’s the scoop. You need to declare it on your tax return, or your return gets kicked out of the system. IF you worked and got the $400 work credit, the $250 will be deducted from that $400. So whatever you were going to get back as a refund will not change. You just can’t have both.

    So you need to think of it as a no-intrest loan…… or imaginary money. Or better yet…. a feel good scam on American disabled vets.

    If you didn’t qualify for the $400 credit, you get to keep the $250 stimulus money. That means you don’t, or can’t work.

    Bottom line…. let all your disabled vet friends know about this so they don’t have to redo their taxes…. or worse yet get nailed by getting caught in the IRS steamroller after April 15 by being late.

  13. RWH says


    I was not notified by the VA about this $250….. I had to find out like a lot of vets, by having my tax return kicked back to me. Some bureaucrats at the VA need to be fired over this one.

  14. Jim says

    Just found out that our return is being reduced by $250 as well.

    I called the local VA rep. I called our Congressman. I called the DVA. I contacted the VA rep at the state capital.

    NO ONE has told the MILLIONS of Social Security recipients that the same thing will happen to them. That’s a huge voting block.

    Schedule M, as in “Makes me sick…”

  15. Jim_S says

    What a sham! I did not ask for the money. Didn’t stimulate me one dang bit to find out after doing my taxes and expecting a $45 return, I get rejected by Fed and state. I now owe Fed $205 and get a change back from the state. Please don’t send me anymore of those Obama dollars. I rather be left alone. After 20+ years in the military, almost deaf and a bad knee, I can’t aford the help and don’t need the loan.

  16. SWN says

    No… What a big SHAM!!! I didn’t ask for it either, saw it in the bank when it came and ask the bank about it. They claimed it was a payment from the VA. Little did I know that now I owe that amount back to the government. Guess that’s how the stimulus works. Tax the Americans, give part of their money back to be taxed again and then expect them to pay the stimulus back. Kind of like double dipping. Why not just tax us twice up front and then leave us alone.

  17. J Groden says

    We just filed our tax returns and it was kicked back because we were supposed to claim that $250 stimulus check. Our refund was reduced by the full $250. In other words, that refund was merely an interest free loan. Another government scam — what a bunch of bull!!

  18. Glen says

    I am in the same boat. I owed $518.00 and now owe $250.00 more. Thats like giving us a $250.00 gift certificate to buy furniture to help stimulate the economy and then taxing us $250.00 for using the gift certificate. Our whole Government needs a foot in their ***. How many man hours will be wasted by people complaining about this. This whole stimuls ideal was a waste of time. Our Senators, Congressman, and Predsident all need to be moved out of office in the next two years. I have had enough of the Governemtn taking money from me while they throw millions to AIG staff and other rich ******* that ******* up the economy. Let them fail that way another company will grow with hopefully better ethics.

    Vote out you Senators, Congressman and the President.

  19. Bullitt says

    Am I missing something here???
    Per the 1040 Instructions, page 6, “Economic recovery payment. Any economic recovery payment you received is not taxable for federal income tax purposes, but it reduces any making work pay credit or government retiree credit. See pages 29 and 47.”

  20. Larry D says

    What a deal!! We received the stimulus back in June, $250. Do your taxes and now you have to give it back. The statement I read said it was non taxable, well it was. It was a personal loan I never requested from the government. How does that work? I really wish they hadn’t given it to me; and would have never accepted knowing I had to give it back. So did it reduce my credits? Because we should get them back now that they have their money back.
    My stimulus was when I found out I had to pay it back. Boy was I “stimulated”,.. wrong word.

  21. theodore czarnecki says

    I am a 100% disabled vet( service connected) and live 50 miles away from the nearest VA hospital and 67 years old. Does anyone know of any way I can go to a local doctor for treatment and have the VA pay for my the treatment I receive. If you know anyway this is possible.

    and 67 years old and live 50 miles away from the VA hospitay

    • axehandlebill says

      Sorry, I’m in the same boat as you, I live 135 miles from my closes V.A Hospital, I have had 13 major surgeries. and I asked if I could go to a doctor closer to me. yes they said they have a VA clinic about 50 miles from me, the problem with this is, its also a private doctor and he contracted to take veterans? that’s a joke and the doctor has a attitude that would scare a ghost..I went there once and never again..the answer to your question is NO, I’m sorry, but we are being taken care of by the “Gov. Health Care System”…

  22. Giammarino John Cornelio says

    For health reasons I am living in Italy, as of today I have not received any information or money. Is it to late? what should I do?.