Veterans of service in the U.S. Armed Forces who were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable are provided more than 40 different types of benefits and services by the Federal government. Benefits are also paid to a veteran's survivor and in some circumstances, to the families of living veterans.
Monetary benefits, called disability compensation, are paid to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service. The service of the veteran must have been terminated through separation or discharge under conditions that were other than dishonorable. Disability compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of dependents, and is paid monthly.
Veterans Benefits for service-connected disabilities are unearned income. However, money received from the Agent Orange Settlement Fund or other similar funds or government programs are excluded.
In the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamp Program), count as unearned income the gross Veterans Benefit minus reimbursement for maintenance of uniforms.
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