The VA is working with the U.S. Paralympic Committee to provide a little extra benefit to qualifying veterans. A monthly subsistence allowance is being created to help disabled veterans participate more easily in competitive sports.
Not all disabled veterans will qualify for the allowance. It is set for veterans who are invited by the U.S. Paralympics to compete for a spot on the U.S. Paralympic team, or veterans who are already residing at the Paralympic training center for training or competition. While qualifying veterans are disabled, their disability is not necessarily service-connected.
Christopher Nowak, director of the VA’s Paralympic program says that, “while in uniform, our service men and women are continually challenged to push themselves…Their motivation and desire to succeed doesn’t end with injury.” Nowak believes that the Paralympic sports give disabled veterans the opportunity to again push themselves and reach achievements that go beyond popular limitations.
Because the U.S. Paralympics administer the allowance, applications should be turned in to that organization. A table of current subsistence allowance rates can be found on the VA’s website.
The original press release can be found here.
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