Can a Veteran Receive
VA Benefits While in Prison?
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.
Will Your Imprisonment Effect the Payment of:
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.
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.
You Eligible for VA Medical Care While Imprisoned?
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.
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
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.
Will Benefits Be Resumed?
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.
are considered to have been released from incarceration if you are paroled or participating in a work release or half-way