Replacing Damaged Clothing
Has your clothing been damaged by your prosthetic or orthopedic device (such as a wheelchair) or by the medicine you’re taking for a skin condition? If it has, you may be able to get money each year to help you buy new clothes. This is a disability compensation benefit known as an annual clothing allowance. Find out if you can get this benefit.
Can I get disability benefits from VA?
You may be able to get disability benefits if:
- Your prosthetic or orthopedic device or your skin medicine causes damage to your clothes, and
- You need this device or skin medicine because of an injury or illness related to your military service (called a service-connected condition)
What disability benefits can I get?
- A 1-time payment, or
- A yearly payment
How do I get these benefits?
You’ll need to apply for benefits.
To get your yearly payment, you’ll need to qualify by August 1 of that year. You may be able to get more than 1 payment if:
- You have more than 1 prosthetic or orthopedic device, or
- You have more than 1 skin medicine, and/or
- Your device or skin medicine affects more than 1 type of clothing.
Note: The 2014 rate table is valid for 2016.
To apply, fill out VA Form 10-8678: Application for Annual Clothing Allowance, and give it to the prosthetic representative at your local VA medical center. Download VA Form 10-8678.
Use our facility locator to find your nearest VA medical center. Find a VA medical center near you.
For more information, call us at 800-827-1000. We collect applications throughout the year and hold them until the August 1 closing date.