Christine Scott Specialist in Social Policy
Carol D. Davis Information Research Specialist
Libby Perl Specialist in Housing Policy
Benjamin Collins Analyst in Labor Policy
U.S. Armed Forces are deployed around the globe, a number of servicemembers are currently
serving in the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) combat zone. As a result of the
risks facing these servicemembers, some of them are incurring injuries or
illnesses during their active service (or having existing medical
conditions worsen as a result of their service). Congress has shown an
interest in the treatment of injured servicemembers, both while they are
undergoing medical treatment and in their transition from military to
civilian life as veterans. An injured servicemember (or veteran) may
require specific types of assistance or benefits to enable him or her to
have a better quality of life.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a range of benefits for
veterans. However, certain benefits have specifically been created to
assist disabled veterans.
Disability compensation provides a monthly cash benefit to veterans whose disabilities
resulted from injury or disease contracted in or aggravated by their
military service. The amount is based on the level of disability.
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program is designed to
help veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find, and
keep suitable jobs. In cases where employment is not a viable goal, the
veteran may participate in an independent living program through VR&E.
Automobile and special adaptive equipment grants are available to certain disabled
veterans and servicemembers to purchase new or used automobiles (or other
conveyances) to accommodate a disability.
Clothing allowance grants are designed for certain veterans entitled to receive
compensation for a service-connected disability for which he or she uses a
prosthetic or orthopedic device.
Housing grants are provided for constructing an adapted home or modifying an
existing home to meet the adaptive needs of certain veterans and
servicemembers. Three grant programs are available for permanent
residences, and two of the three grant programs are also available for temporary
Service Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI) is life insurance for veterans who
have received a service-connected disability rating from the VA.
This report provides information on these benefits, including eligibility,
history, and the application process. Statistics regarding spending and
beneficiaries can be found in the Appendix to this report.
Date of Report: January 10, 2013
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