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Circumstance Matrix

 

There are additional benefits that you may be eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances. These are known as derivatives.

Benefit

Derivative

You are a Medal of Honor Recipient.

You are a Former Prisoner of War.

You have a service connected disability with anatomical losses or impairment due solely to service connected disabilities.

*If you are a Veteran with service connected disabilities rated at 50% or more you may qualify for a Home Improvement Specially Adapted (HISA) grant for a non-service connected condition.

Your outer clothing was permanently damaged by the wheelchair, prosthetic or orthopedic device that you use for your service connected condition, or your outer clothing was permanently damaged by the medication you take for your service connected skin condition.

You separated from military service with a total disability rating.

You are a beneficiary of Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, Traumatic Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, or Veterans Group Life Insurance.

You have a new service connected disability.

You are recovering from surgery or you have a joint that is immobilized by a cast without surgery for a service connected disability.

You are hospitalized for more than 21 days for a service connected disability.

You recently separated from military service with an unstable disability and are likely not self-sufficient.

You have an Individual Unemployability rating by VA.

You have a new disability or an existing disability, which was aggravated during medical treatment, vocational rehabilitation or while participating in compensated work therapy.  

You are a male or female Veteran who served in the Republic of South Vietnam or the Korean DMZ and you have a biological child with Spina Bifida.

You are a female Veteran who served in the Republic of South Vietnam and your biological child has a covered birth defect.

You are separating from military service within 180 days or you are separated from military service less than one year.

You have current eligibility for a VA education program.

You are a spouse or dependent child of a Servicemember who dies in the line of duty.

You are the spouse or dependent child of a Veteran who died from a disability related to military service.

You are the parent of a Servicemember who dies in the line of duty or Veteran who died from a disability related to military service.

This matrix is the creation of former and current members of the Veterans Benefits Administration Web Communications Office.

 

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