The fact that a Veteran may have broken the law since he or she has left the military does not take away the fact that that Veteran has served our Country with honor. However, the fact that the Veteran ended up incarcerated does mean that the federal, state, or municipal government will be footing the bill for a lot of the Veteran’s care and therefore the VA is relieved of some of its duty to provide. Contrary to popular belief, Veterans still can apply for and receive VA benefits while incarcerated. What follows is a summary of some of the benefits a Veteran may receive and the special rules surrounding them. Because there is a reduction of benefits to some incarcerated Veterans and some Veterans may be tempted to avoid incarceration by becoming a fugitive, Congress has enacted strict penalties for Veterans who the VA designates as fugitive felons.
Disability Compensation and DIC (Dependency and Indemnity Compensation) are significantly limited while in the big house under certain circumstances. 38 U.S.C. § 5313(a) states that