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2020 VA special benefit allowances rates

View 2020 special benefit rates that may apply to you if you qualify for an automobile or clothing allowance, or a Medal of Honor pension.

Current special benefit allowances rates

Benefit Monthly payment
(in U.S. $)
Effective date
Automobile allowance

Money to help you buy a specially equipped vehicle if your service-connected disability prevents you from driving

21,488.29

(paid once)

October 1, 2019
Clothing allowance

Money to help you replace clothes damaged by a medicine or prosthetic or orthopedic device related to your service-connected disability

830.56

(paid once or once each year)

December 1, 2019
Medal of Honor pension

Added compensation if you’ve received the Medal of Honor

1,388.68

(paid once each month)

December 1, 2019

Notes:

  • Rate changes are payable the August after they take effect. So the new clothing allowance rate is payable as of August 2019.

  • For the Medal of Honor pension, we’re required by law to match the percentage of cost-of-living adjustments made to Social Security benefits. These adjustments help to make sure that the purchasing power of your benefits keeps up with inflation. You can get the latest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) information on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) website.

How do I know if I'm eligible for these special allowances?

If you received the Medal of Honor, you may be eligible for the Medal of Honor pension.

Find out if you may be eligible and how to apply for:

Past rates

View special allowance rates for past years.

2019 rates (effective October 1, 2018, for automobile allowance; effective December 1, 2018, for clothing allowance and Medal of Honor pension)
2018 rates (effective October 1, 2017, for automobile allowance; effective December 1, 2017, for clothing allowance and Medal of Honor pension) 
2017 rates (effective October 1, 2016, for automobile allowance; effective December 1, 2016, for clothing allowance and Medal of Honor pension) 

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