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Army Hotline

The Army Medical Command has a hotline available for soldiers and veterans who have been screened by forensic psychiatric teams since 2007 as part of the evaluation process for medical retirement. Soldiers and veterans with concerns about their diagnosis may call 800-984-8523. The forensic psychiatric team at the U.S. Army's Madigan Healthcare System at Tacoma, Washington (is under investigation into whether it properly evaluated soldiers previously treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Army Surgeon General has suspended the use of forensic evaluations during the conduct of medical evaluation boards.

Clothing Allowance
Any veteran who is service-connected for a disability for which he or she uses prosthetic or orthopedic appliances may receive an annual clothing allowance.



Pension Program
Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income, and who are age 65 or older, or if under 65, who are permanently and totally disabled.Generally, you may be eligible if:
  • You were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable; and
  • You served at least 90 days of active duty military service, 1 day of which was during a wartime period. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty (there are exceptions to this rule); and
  • Your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law (the yearly limit on income is set by Congress); and you are age 65 or older; or
  • You are permanently and totally disabled, not due to your own willful misconduct.  Also
  • VA provides pensions to low-income surviving spouses and unmarried children of deceased veterans with wartime service.
  • To be eligible, spouse must not have married and children must be under age 18, or under age 23 if attending a VA-approved school, or have become permanently incapable of self-support because of disability before age 18.
  • Children who become incapable of self-support because of a disability before age 18 may be eligible for the death pension as long as the condition exists, unless the child marries or the child’s income exceeds the applicable limit.
  • A surviving spouse may be entitled to a higher income limit if living in a nursing home, in need of the air and attendance of another person, or permanently housebound.



Eligible veterans who train at the three-quarter rate and in pursuit of higher education may be eligible to work at the VA and receive hourly wages.

Veterans Crisis Line

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available. 

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