Past rates: 2021 VA special benefit allowances rates
Learn more about 2021 special benefit rates that may apply to you if you qualify for an automobile or clothing allowance, or a Medal of Honor pension.
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2021 special benefit allowances rates
(in U.S. $) Effective date
Money to help you buy a specially equipped vehicle if your service-connected disability prevents you from driving21,795.57
(paid once)October 1, 2020
Money to help you replace clothes damaged by a medicine or prosthetic or orthopedic device related to your service-connected disability841.36
(paid once or once each year)December 1, 2020
Added compensation if you’ve received the Medal of Honor1,406.73
(paid once each month)December 1, 2020
Rate changes are payable the August after they take effect. So the new clothing allowance rate is payable as of August 2021.
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.
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.