The VA provides certain monetary benefits to qualified disabled veterans. If a veteran has a service-connected condition which requires the wearing or use of an orthopedic or prosthetic appliance (including a wheelchair) which tends to tear or wear out clothing, or has a service-connected skin condition and uses medication for it that tends to stain or otherwise damage the clothing, an annual clothing allowance is payable. If the veteran is service-connected for anatomical loss or loss of use of one or more extremities, the allowance is automatically authorized after the initial application.
In all other cases, the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service at the VA Medical Center must certify the veteran has a qualifying disability, and if so, whether the need for the orthopedic or prosthetic device or the medication for the skin condition is permanent. If the Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Service determines that the need is permanent, the allowance is automatically paid thereafter; if the need is not shown to be permanent, the veteran must reapply for the clothing allowance each year.
Clothing allowance is paid during the month of August.