Disability Ratings and Benefits

*Revised August 13, 2012

Checklist of Benefits for Disabled Veterans and Survivors

Note: Many of the listed benefits also have other eligibility requirements. Mention of a particular benefit is to establish the basic threshold level of disability required for eligibility (or possible eligibility) to that benefit. Each higher level of disability also includes those benefits listed for previous levels. Disability Ratings and Benefits

 

Rated SC —0% overall

1. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.

2. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 5 (no co-payment for healthcare; pharmacy co-payments required for NSC medications); or Priority Group 7 or 8 (co-

    payments required for both healthcare and pharmacy), depending on veteran’s income and net worth.

3. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—for Purple Heart recipients and former POWs, without regard to whether the condition

    producing need for such is service-connected. Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

4. Eligibility for VA Nursing Home care for any (NSC) condition, provided income and assets are within specified limits.

5. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).

6. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ.

7. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain

    skin conditions.

8. Possible eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. (Noncompensable (0%) disability must have been incurred in combat or have

    ascertainable residuals, 38 CFR § 3.357.)

9. Eligibility for 10-point preference for State of California employment.

10. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.

11. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).Checklist of Benefits Page 2 Revised August 13, 2012

 

Rated SC —10% overall

1. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.

2. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 3 or Priority Group 6 (veterans with multiple 0% conditions receiving compensation at the 10% rate, 38 CFR § 3.324).

    No healthcare co-payments required for either group; both groups pay pharmacy co-payments for NSC medications, except for former POWs.

3. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.

    Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

4. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).

5. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ.

6. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain

    skin conditions.

7. Possible eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation (showing of marked employment handicap required).

8. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

9. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment.

10. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.

11. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.

12. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.

13. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).

14. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

15. If a military retiree, possible eligibility for CRSC. Checklist of Benefits Page 3 Revised August 13, 2012

 

Rated SC —20% overall

1. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.

2. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 3 (no healthcare co-payments required; pharmacy co-payments required for NSC medications, except for former

    POWs).

3. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.

    Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

4. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).

5. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ.

6. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain

    skin conditions.

7. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.

8. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

9. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment.

10. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.

11. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.

12. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.

13. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).

14. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

15. If a military retiree, possible eligibility for CRSC. Checklist of Benefits Page 4 Revised August 13, 2012

 

Rated SC —30% overall

1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).

2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.

3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.

4. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 2 (no healthcare co-payment required; pharmacy co-payments required for NSC medications, except for former POWs).

5. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.

    Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

6. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).

7. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ; loss of a female breast; or, loss of use of one eye (blindness).

8. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain

    skin conditions.

9. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.

10. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

11. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.

12. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.

13. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.

14. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.

15. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).

16. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

17. If a military retiree, possible eligibility for CRSC. Checklist of Benefits Page 5 Revised August 13, 2012

 

Rated SC —40% overall

1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).

2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.

3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card for SC condition(s) requiring treatment.

4. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 2 (no healthcare co-payments required; pharmacy co-payments required for NSC medications, except for former

    POWs).

5. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.

    Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

6. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Life Insurance (RH).

7. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ; loss of a female breast; or, loss or loss of use of one foot or one eye.

8. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain

    skin conditions.

9. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.

10. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.

11. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.

12. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

13. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.

14. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.

15. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.

16. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.

17. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).

18. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

19. If a military retiree, possible eligibility for CRSC. Checklist of Benefits Page 6 Revised August 13, 2012

 

Rated SC —50% overall

1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).

2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.

3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not, except dental).

4. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).

5. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.

    Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

6. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).

7. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ; loss of a female breast; or, loss or loss of use of one foot or one eye.

8. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain

    skin conditions.

9. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.

10. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.

11. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.

12. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

13. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability).

14. Reduced fee for hunting license.

15. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.

16. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.

17. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.

18. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.

19. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.

20. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).

21. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

22. If a military retiree, possible eligibility for CRSC.

23. If a 20-year military retiree, possible eligibility for CDRP. Checklist of Benefits Page 7 Revised August 13, 2012

 

Rated SC —60% overall

1. Eligibility for a rating of total disability because of individual unemployability.

2. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).

3. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.

4. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not, except dental).

5. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).

6. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.

    Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

7. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).

8. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ; loss of a female breast; or, loss or loss of use of one hand, one foot, or

    one eye.

9. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for certain

    skin conditions.

10. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.

11. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.

12. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.

13. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

14. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability) .

15. Reduced fee for hunting license.

16. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.

17. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.

18. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.

19. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.

20. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.

21. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).Checklist of Benefits Page 8 Revised August 13, 2012

22. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

23. If a military retiree, possible eligibility for CRSC.

24. If a 20-year military retiree, possible eligibility for CDRP.

25. Possible eligibility for the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) and the Federal Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) programs.

      Checklist of Benefits Page 9 Revised August 13, 2012

 

Rated SC —70%, 80%, or 90% overall

1. Eligibility for a rating of total disability because of individual unemployability.

2. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).

3. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.

4. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not, except dental).

5. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).

6. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.

    Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

7. Eligibility for long-term VA Nursing Home care for any condition.

8. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH).

9. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ; loss of a female breast; loss or loss of use of one hand, one foot, or

    one eye; or, loss of use of both buttocks (80%).

10. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for

      certain skin conditions.

11. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.

12. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.

13. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.

14. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

15. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability).

16. Reduced fee for hunting license.

17. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.

18. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis.

19. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.

20. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.

21. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.Checklist of Benefits Page 10 Revised August 13, 2012

22. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B).

23. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

24. If a military retiree, possible eligibility for CRSC.

25. If a 20-year military retiree, possible eligibility for CDRP.

26. Possible eligibility for the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) and the Federal Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) programs.

      Checklist of Benefits Page 11 Revised August 13, 2012

Rated SC —Totally Disabled because of Individual Unemployability

1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).

2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.

3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not).

4. Eligibility for all necessary dental care.

5. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).

6. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.

    Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

7. Eligibility for long-term VA Nursing Home care for any condition.

8. Eligibility for health care coverage under CHAMPVA for spouse and children (unless they are also eligible for TRICARE).

9. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH), including $20,000 supplemental insurance beyond regular amount.

10. Waiver of VA life insurance premiums, if under age 65 (but not on supplemental insurance).

11. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ; loss of a female breast; loss or loss of use of one hand, one foot, or

      one eye; or, loss of use of both buttocks.

12. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for

      certain skin conditions.

13. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation because of having one single disability rated totally disabling, plus other conditions independently ratable at

      60% or more in combination.

14. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.

15. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.

16. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation.

17. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

18. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability).

19. Reduced fee for hunting license. Checklist of Benefits Page 12 Revised August 13, 2012

20. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.

21. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.

22. Possible eligibility for Special Adapted Housing Assistance.

23. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.

24. Possible eligibility for Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

25. CAL-VET Home Loan Disability Insurance.

26. Eligibility for property tax exemption on principle residence.

27. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis. The 10-point

      preference is also applicable for the spouse and/or natural mother of a permanently totally service-disabled veteran.

28. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment.

29. Eligibility for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance for spouse and/or children under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 35.

30. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for spouse and children (Plan A). Requires wartime service. May not be authorized concurrently with VA

      education assistance under Chapter 35.

31. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B). May be authorized concurrently with VA education assistance under Chapter 35.

32. Eligibility for son(s) and/or daughter(s) to compete for admission to military academies.

33. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

34. Eligibility for military identification card.

35. If a military retiree, possible eligibility for CRSC.

36. If a 20-year military retiree, possible eligibility for CDRP.

37. Withdrawal from SBP program participation (military retirees) after having been rated SC, totally disabled for 10 continuous years, or, if out of service less than 10

      years, having been rated SC, totally disabled for at least 5 continuous years from date of last active duty. Checklist of Benefits Page 13 Revised August 13, 2012

Rated SC —100% overall

1. Eligibility for additional allowance for dependents—spouse, children, dependent parent(s).

2. Eligibility for additional aid and attendance allowance for disabled spouse.

3. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 1 (no co-payments required).

4. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not).

5. Eligibility for all necessary dental care.

6. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected.

    Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

7. Eligibility for long-term VA Nursing Home care for any condition.

8. Eligibility for health care coverage under CHAMPVA for spouse and children (unless they are also eligible for TRICARE).

9. Eligibility for Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (RH), including up to $20,000 supplemental insurance beyond regular amount.

10. Waiver of VA life insurance premiums, if under age 65 (but not on additional amounts).

11. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of a creative organ; loss of a female breast; loss or loss of use of one hand, one foot, or

      one eye; loss of use of both buttocks; complete deafness in both ears; or, complete organic aphonia (loss of ability to communicate by speech).

12. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation for loss or loss of use of both eyes, both hands, or both feet, or one hand and one foot. Includes paired

      extremities or organs (one SC, the other NSC, 38 CFR § 3.383) and combinations of losses.

13. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation because of being permanently housebound or having one single disability rated 100% plus other conditions

      independently ratable at 60% or more in combination.

14. Possible eligibility for special monthly compensation because of being so helpless as to require the regular aid and attendance of another person.

15. Possible eligibility for payment of annual clothing allowance for specified SC disorders resulting in need for prosthetic appliance or use of a wheelchair, or for

      certain skin conditions.

16. Possible eligibility for one-time assistance in purchase of specially-adapted automobile.

17. Possible eligibility for Automobile Adaptive Equipment Allowance.

18. Eligibility for education or training under VA Vocational Rehabilitation. Checklist of Benefits Page 14 Revised August 13, 2012

19. Possible eligibility for Special Adapted Housing Assistance.

20. Possible eligibility for Special Home Adaptation Grant.

21. Possible eligibility for Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI).

22. CAL-VET Home Loan Disability Insurance.

23. Eligibility for property tax exemption on principle residence.

24. Home loan guaranty funding fee exemption.

25. Possible eligibility for Home Improvement and Structural Alteration (HISA) home modification grant.

26. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

27. California State Park pass (requires SC wartime-incurred disability).

28. Reduced fee for hunting license.

29. Reduced fee for basic sport fishing license.

30. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Under certain circumstances, may be employed on a noncompetitive basis. The 10-point

      preference is also applicable for the spouse and/or natural mother of a permanently totally service-disabled veteran.

31. Eligibility for 15-point preference for State of California employment. The spouse of a 100% disabled veteran is eligible for 10-point preference.

32. Eligibility for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance for spouse and/or children under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 35.

33. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for spouse and children (Plan A). Requires wartime service. May not be authorized concurrently with VA

      education assistance under Chapter 35.

34. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B). May be authorized concurrently with VA education assistance under Chapter 35.

35. Eligibility for son(s) and/or daughter(s) to compete for admission to military academies.

36. Eligibility for military identification card.

37. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Veteran license plates.

38. Possible eligibility for exemption from vehicle license fees (requires SC disability which impairs mobility).Checklist of Benefits Page 15 Revised August 13, 2012

39. If a military retiree, possible eligibility for CRSC.

40. If a 20-year military retiree, possible eligibility for CDRP.

41. Withdrawal from SBP program participation (military retirees) after having been rated SC, totally disabled for 10 continuous years, or, if out of service less than 10

      years, having been rated SC, totally disabled for at least 5 continuous years from date of last active duty.

42. Possible eligibility for the California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) and the Federal Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) programs.

      Checklist of Benefits Page 16 Revised August 13, 2012

Special Veterans’ Benefits

In addition to the benefits available to all disabled veterans, there are special benefits available only to two specific groups of veterans, namely former Prisoners of War and holders of the Congressional Medal of Honor. These special benefits are over and above, and in addition to, the benefits to which these veterans would be entitled based on level(s) of disability alone.

 

Former POWs:

1. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 3 (no healthcare co-payments required), unless disability rating warrants assignment to higher Priority Group 1 or 2.

2. Exemption from all pharmacy co-payments, including for NSC medications.

3. VA fee basis outpatient medical card (all conditions requiring treatment, whether SC or not).

4. Eligibility for any and all necessary dental treatment.

5. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—without regard to whether the condition producing need for such is service-connected. Veteran must be enrolled in and receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

6. Eligibility for exemption from vehicle license fees.

7. California State Park pass.

 

Medal of Honor holders:

1. Entitlement to payment of special Medal of Honor pension, currently $1,237 per month, in addition to any compensation for SC or other disability, or in addition to

    NSC disability pension.

2. Eligibility for exemption from vehicle license fees.

3. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for veteran and children (Plan D), but not for spouse or surviving spouse. May be authorized concurrently

    with VA education assistance under 38 U.S. Code, Chapter 35.

4. California State Park pass. Checklist of Benefits Page 17 Revised August 13, 2012

Nonservice-connected Disability Pension Checklist

A. Claim Requirements:

1. Minimum of 90 consecutive days of active service or was discharged because of SC disability. If veteran entered service after 1980, the service requirement is 24

    continuous months or the full period for which called to active duty, whichever is less, unless discharged sooner because of hardship, reduction-in-force, or SC

    disability. In any event, at least one day of service must have been during a wartime period.

2. If veteran is under age 65, evidence that veteran is in receipt of any disability benefit administered by the Social Security Administration (either SSD or SSI); or, is a

    long-term patient in a nursing home because of disability; or, medical evidence showing the veteran is unable to work because of disability.

3. Medical evidence to show that veteran is in need of regular aid and attendance or is housebound (if applicable).

4. Report projected family income—includes income from all sources, including farm and/or business. Also list deductions/exclusions—unreimbursed medical

    expenses, children’s wages, etc.

5. Report family net worth.

6. Dependency documents—marriage certificate, birth certificate(s), death certificate(s), divorce decree(s), VA Form(s) 21-674(as applicable). If an adult child is

    claimed as disabled (helpless), submit appropriate medical evidence in support.

B. Benefits:

1. Possible additional pension payable if housebound or if so helpless as to require the regular aid and attendance of another person (includes nursing home patients).

2. VA outpatient medical card if entitled to aid and attendance or housebound benefits.

3. Enrollment in VA Healthcare Priority Group 4 (no co-payments required) if entitled to aid and attendance or housebound benefits.

    Enrollment in Priority Group 5 (no co-payments required) if entitled to basic pension.

4. Eligibility for sensorineural aids—hearing aids, eyeglasses, contact lenses—if housebound or in need of regular aid and attendance. Veteran must be enrolled in and

    receiving VA healthcare and/or services.

5. Waiver of VA insurance premiums, if under age 65 (but not on any supplemental RH insurance premiums).

7. CAL-VET Home Loan Disability Insurance.

8. Golden Access Passport for U.S. National Parks.

9. Possible eligibility for DMV Disabled Person Parking Placard.

10. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment. Checklist of Benefits Page 18 Revised August 13, 2012

Service-connected Death Checklist

A. Claim Requirements:

1. Disposition of veteran’s VA check (if any).

2. If veteran was a military retiree, notify service department.

3. VA Form 21-534, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension, or Accrued Benefits by a Spouse or Child, for surviving spouse and/or

    children. VA Form 21-535, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation by Parent(s), for dependent parent(s).

4. VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Allowance.

5. Veteran’s death certificate or other appropriate proof of death.

6. Medical evidence as needed to relate veteran’s death to service or to SC disability.

7. Dependency documents, if not previously submitted (marriage certificate, birth certificate(s), death certificate(s), divorce decree(s), VA Form(s) 21-674, as

    applicable). If an adult child is claimed as disabled (helpless), submit appropriate medical evidence in support.

8. Medical evidence to show need for aid and attendance (surviving spouse or dependent parent) or that surviving spouse is housebound, if applicable.

9. Is surviving spouse or either dependent parent also a veteran?

10. For surviving dependent parent(s), report projected family income.

B. Benefits:

1. Social Security death payment.

2. Possible VA accrued benefits (if there was an unresolved pending claim, or if there were amounts due but unpaid, or if there were unnegotiated checks at the time of

    the veteran’s death).

3. Eligibility for SC burial allowance, headstone or grave marker; U.S. flag; Presidential Memorial Certificate.

4. Life insurance payments (VA, other Government, or commercial).

5. Possible eligibility for additional allowance for surviving spouse or dependent parent on account of being so helpless as to be in need of the regular aid and

    attendance of another person (includes nursing home patients), or for surviving spouse on account of being housebound.

6. Certificate of Eligibility for home loan guaranty.

7. Eligibility for CAL-VET Home Loan. Checklist of Benefits Page 19 Revised August 13, 2012

8. Eligibility for CAL–VET Home Mortgage Insurance.

9. Eligibility for property tax exemption on principle residence.

10. Eligibility for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance for surviving spouse and/or children under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 35.

11. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for surviving spouse and children (Plan A). Requires wartime service. May not be authorized concurrently

      with VA education assistance under Chapter 35.

12. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B). May be authorized concurrently with education assistance under Chapter 35.

13. Eligibility for son(s) and/or daughter(s) to compete for admission to military academies.

14. Eligibility for 10-point preference for Federal Civil Service employment (surviving spouse and/or natural mother).

15. Eligibility for 10-point preference for State of California employment (surviving spouse).

16. If veteran was a military retiree, possible payments under SBP/RSFPP.

17. Eligibility for a military identification card if the veteran was a military retiree or was rated SC, totally disabled at time of death.

18. Eligibility for health care coverage under CHAMPVA unless there is also eligibility under TRICARE (if the veteran was a military retiree).Checklist of Benefits

      Page 20 Revised August 13, 2012

Nonservice-connected Death Checklist

A. Claim Requirements:

1. Disposition of veteran’s VA check (if any).

2. If veteran was a military retiree, notify service department.

3. If veteran was SC and rated totally disabled (100% or IU) at time of death, review for possible DIC. (Generally, requires veteran to have been rated totally disabled

    for 10 continuous years immediately preceding death. If out of service less than 10 years at time of death, rated totally disabled for at least 5 continuous years, from

    date of discharge from service to date of death. If a former POW, rated totally disabled for one year immediately preceding death.)

4. VA Form 21-534, Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension, or Accrued Benefits by a Spouse or Child, for surviving spouse and/or

    children.

5. VA Form 21-530, Application for Burial Allowance.

6. There is no minimum length of service requirement for DIC.

    For death pension, veteran must have had a minimum of 90 consecutive days of active service or was discharged because of SC disability. If veteran entered service

    after 1980, the service requirement is 24 continuous months or the full period for which called to active duty, whichever is less, unless discharged sooner because of

    hardship, reduction-in-force, or SC disability. In any event, at least one day of service must have been during a wartime period.

    Note—if veteran died while on active duty under circumstances precluding payment of DIC (i.e., death was not in line of duty), veteran must have served honorably

    for at least two years, at least one day of which was during a wartime period.

7. Veteran’s death certificate or other appropriate proof of death.

8. Dependency documents, if not previously submitted (marriage certificate, birth certificate(s), death certificate(s), divorce decree(s), VA Form(s) 21-674, as

    applicable). If an adult child is claimed as disabled (helpless), submit appropriate medical evidence in support.

9. Report projected family income—include income from all sources, including farm and/or business. Also list deductions/exclusions—veteran’s final expenses,

    unreimbursed medical expenses, children’s wages, etc.

10. Report family net worth.

11. Medical evidence to show that surviving spouse is housebound or in need of regular aid and attendance, if applicable.

12. Is surviving spouse also a veteran? Checklist of Benefits Page 21 Revised August 13, 2012

B. Benefits:

1. Social Security death payment.

2. Possible VA accrued benefits (if there was an unresolved pending claim, or if there were amounts due but unpaid, or if there were unnegotiated checks at the time of

    the veteran’s death).

3. Possible eligibility for burial and/or interment allowance; headstone or grave marker; U.S. flag; Presidential Memorial Certificate.

4. Life insurance payments (VA, other Government, or commercial).

5. Possible additional pension or DIC for surviving spouse on account of being so helpless as to be in need of the regular aid and attendance of another person (includes

    nursing home patients) or being housebound.

6. Eligibility for CAL–VET Home Mortgage Insurance.

7. Eligibility for property tax exemption on principle residence (if veteran was entitled to such exemption prior to death).

8. If veteran was a military retiree, possible payments under SBP/RSFPP.

9. Eligibility for a military identification card if the veteran was a military retiree or was rated SC, totally disabled at time of NSC death.

10. Eligibility for Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance benefits under 38 U.S.C., Chapter 35, for surviving spouse and/or children (if veteran was rated

      SC, permanently totally disabled at time of NSC death).

11. Eligibility for CAL-VET College Tuition and Fee Waiver for children (Plan B) if veteran had a (rated) SC disability at time of death.

12. Eligibility for health care coverage under CHAMPVA unless there is also eligibility under TRICARE (if the veteran was a military retiree) (if veteran was rated SC,

      permanently totally disabled at time of NSC death).

13. Eligibility for 10-point preference for State of California employment (surviving spouse).