Every once in a while, a Veteran gets involved in something that results in a bad outcome. Bad choices usually play a role here.
The Veterans Administration recognized the need to outline specifics regarding various Special Groups of Veterans, and this article reviews that group known as Incarcerated Veterans.
According to VA Pamphlet 80-13-01, Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors (based on the 2013 edition: http://www.va.gov/OPA/publications/benefits_book.asp), VA benefits are affected if a beneficiary is convicted of a felony and imprisoned for more than 60 days.
Other things to remember include:
Remember, that if you fail to notify the VA of a Veteran’s incarceration, this can result in overpayment of benefits and even loss of all VA financial benefits until overpayment is recovered. And, VA benefits will not be provided to any Veteran or dependent wanted for an outstanding felony warrant.
Please see your VA for specifics on this information.
There’s light at the end of the tunnel for those Veterans who’ve been incarcerated, however. At least two programs may provide added assistance in order to get Incarcerated Veterans back on the right track:
The Health Care for Reentry Veterans Program (HCRV) – offers outreach to Veterans incarcerated in state and federal prisons, and referrals and short-term case management assistance upon release from prison.
The Veterans Justice Outreach Program (VJO) – offers outreach and case management to Veterans involved in law enforcement encounters, overseen by treatment courts, and incarcerated in local jails. Visit www.va.gov/homeless/ to locate an outreach worker.
As always, please consult the VA for the most accurate and current information regarding support for Incarcerated Veterans.
Let’s do our part to help these Veterans in need!
You must be a registered user to add a comment. If you've already registered, sign in. Otherwise, register and sign in.