VA BENEFITS & SERVICES FOR BLINDED VETERANS

100% SC (M or Higher): Rated for Vision Loss, Permanent & Total (P&T)
  • Medical: Priority Group 1 (special priority access to care)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, including all needed dental care
  • Medical: Long-term care, including indefinite nursing home care
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Auto Grant
  • Clothing Allowance (if applicable-can now receive up to 4 allowances)
  • HISA
  • 2101a - Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant (if SC for loss or loss of use of lower extremity)
  • 2101b - Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant
  • CHAMPVA or TRICARE
  • Insurance: Total disability waiver (before age 65)
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • DIC
  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance
  • DoD Special Compensation (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Concurrent Pay (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD SBP (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Commissary and Exchange privileges

100% SC (L or L1/2): Rated for Vision Loss, Permanent & Total (P&T)
  • Medical: Priority Group 1 (special priority access to care)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, including all needed dental care
  • Medical: Long-term care, including indefinite nursing home care
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Auto Grant
  • Clothing Allowance (if applicable-can now receive up to 4 allowances)
  • HISA
  • 2101b - Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant
  • CHAMPVA or TRICARE
  • Insurance: Total disability waiver (before age 65)
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • DIC
  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance
  • DoD Special Compensation (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Concurrent Pay (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD SBP (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Commissary and Exchange privileges

100% SC (L or higher): Based on Paired Organ (Section 1160)
  • Medical: Priority Group 1 (special priority access to care)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, including all needed dental care
  • Medical: Long-term care, including indefinite nursing home care
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Clothing Allowance (if applicable-can now receive up to 4 allowances)
  • HISA
  • CHAMPVA or TRICARE
  • Insurance: Total disability waiver (before age 65)
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • DIC
  • DoD Special Compensation (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Concurrent Pay (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD SBP (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Commissary and Exchange privileges

100% SC: (based on Individual Unemployability), Rating for Vision Loss (P&T)
TIP: Veterans receiving an IU rating are still reflected in CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System) as their actual rating (less than 100%). Please check the HINQ (Hospital Inquiry) or rating decision for confirmation of IU status.
  • Medical: Priority Group 1 (special priority access to care)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, including all needed dental care
  • Medical: Long-term care, including indefinite nursing home care
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Auto Grant
  • Clothing Allowance (if applicable-can now receive up to 4 allowances)
  • HISA
  • 2101b - Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant (if legally blind)
  • CHAMPVA or TRICARE
  • Insurance: Total disability waiver (before age 65)
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • DIC
  • Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance
  • DoD Special Compensation (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Concurrent Pay (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD SBP (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Commissary and Exchange privileges
  • C&P: K Award if vision in one eye is LP or less

70% SC: Rating for vision loss only
  • Medical: Priority Group 1 (special priority access to care)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care, unless SC for dental condition
  • Medical: Long-term care, including indefinite nursing home care
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Auto Grant (if legally blind)
  • HISA
  • 2101b - Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) Grant (if legally blind)
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • DoD Special Compensation (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Concurrent Pay (for certain military retirees only)
  • C&P: K Award if vision in one eye is LP or less
  • C&P: Consider Unemployability rating (IU)

70-90% SC: Based on Paired Organ (Section 1160)
  • Medical: Priority Group 1 (special priority access to care)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care, unless SC for dental condition
  • Medical: Long-term care, including indefinite nursing home care
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Clothing Allowance (if applicable-can now receive up to 4 allowances)
  • HISA
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • DoD Special Compensation (for certain military retirees only)
  • DoD Concurrent Pay (for certain military retirees only)
  • C&P: K Award if vision in one eye is LP or less
  • C&P: Consider Unemployability rating (IU)

60-90% SC: All conditions
  • Medical: Priority Group 1 (special priority access to care)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care, unless SC for dental condition
  • Medical: Long-term care, including indefinite nursing home care (for veterans rated 70% or more and for those veterans whose service-connected condition is clinically determined to require nursing home care. Veterans rated less than 70% may be provided short-term nursing home care if space and resources are available)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Auto Grant (if 70% for vision loss or SC for loss or loss of use of extremity)
  • Clothing Allowance (if applicable-can now receive up to 4 allowances)
  • HISA
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • DoD Special Compensation (for certain military retirees only rated 70% or more)
  • DoD Concurrent Pay (for certain military retirees only)
  • C&P: K Award if vision in one eye is LP or less
  • C&P: Consider Unemployability rating
  • C&P: Consider NSC Pension

50% SC: All conditions
  • Medical: Priority Group 1 (special priority access to care)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care, unless SC for dental condition
  • Medical:Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available or indefinite nursing home care for veterans whose service-connected condition is clinically determined to require nursing home care)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Auto Grant (if SC for loss or loss of use of extremity)
  • Clothing Allowance (if applicable-can now receive up to 4 allowances)
  • HISA
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • DoD Concurrent Pay (for certain military retirees only)
  • C&P: K Award if vision in one eye is LP or less
  • C&P: Consider NSC Pension

30-40% SC: One eye SC, other eye NSC
  • Medical: Priority Group 2 (special priority access to care for SC disability)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care, unless SC for dental condition
  • Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available or indefinite nursing home care for veterans whose service-connected condition is clinically determined to require nursing home care)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Medication co-payment for NSC conditions (exempt if prior year income is below maximum annual pension)
  • Clothing Allowance (if applicable-can now receive up to 4 allowances)
  • HISA
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • C&P: K Award
  • C&P: Consider NSC Pension
  • C&P: Monitor for paired organ rating (sec. 1160)

30-40% SC: All other conditions

  • Medical: Priority Group 2 (special priority access to care for SC disability)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care, unless SC for dental condition
  • Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available or indefinite nursing home care for veterans whose service-connected condition is clinically determined to require nursing home care)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Medication co-payment for NSC conditions (exempt if prior year income is below maximum annual pension)
  • Auto Grant (if SC for loss or loss of use of extremity)
  • Clothing Allowance (if applicable-can now receive up to 4 allowances)
  • HISA
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel
  • C&P: Consider NSC Pension

20% SC: One eye SC, other eye NSC
  • See section below for list of benefits
  • C&P: Monitor for paired organ rating (sec. 1160)

10-20% SC: All conditions
  • Medical: Priority Group 3 (special priority access to care for SC disability)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except dental care, unless SC for dental condition
  • Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available or indefinite nursing home care for veterans whose service-connected condition is clinically determined to require nursing home care)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aid
  • Medication co-payment for NSC conditions (exempt if prior year income is below maximum annual pension)
  • HISA
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel for treatment of SC condition only
  • C&P: Consider NSC Pension

0% SC: All conditions
  • Medical: Priority Group 5, 6 or 7 (if income and net worth are above the established thresholds or rating is compensable) (special priority access to care for SC disability)
  • Medical: For SC condition - VA medical care is mandatory; For NSC conditions – enrollment required
  • Dental: If the SC rating is for a non-compensable dental condition, need care for the service-connected condition(s)
  • Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available or indefinite nursing home care for veterans whose service-connected condition is clinically determined to require nursing home care)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • Medication co-payment for NSC conditions (exempt if prior year income is below maximum annual pension)
  • HISA
  • Insurance: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (2 year time limit)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Beneficiary travel (for SC conditions only)
  • C&P: Consider NSC Pension


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NSC Pension: Aid & Attendance (A&A)
  • Medical: Priority Group 4
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care
  • Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • Exempt from medication co-payment
  • HISA
  • Beneficiary travel

NSC Pension: Housebound (HB)
  • Medical: Priority Group 4
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care
  • Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • Exempt from medication co-payment
  • HISA
  • Beneficiary travel
  • C&P: Consider NSC Pension with Aid & Attendance

NSC Pension: Basic Only

  • Medical: Priority Group 5 (priority group 4 if catastrophically disabled)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care
  • Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • Exempt from medication co-payment
  • HISA
  • Beneficiary travel
  • C&P: Consider Special Monthly Pension (HB or A&A)

NSC Only: Exempt from Co-Payment (formerly Category A)
  • Medical: Priority Group 5, 6 or 7 (unless determined to be catastrophically disabled)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except outpatient dental care, enrollment required
  • Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • Medication co-payment for NSC conditions (exempt if prior year income is below maximum annual pension)
  • HISA
  • Beneficiary travel (provided annual income does not exceed the annual rate of pension – Basic Rate which would be payable if veteran were eligible for pension)
  • C&P: Consider NSC Pension

NSC Only: Co-Payment Required (formerly Category C)
  • Medical: Priority Group 7 or 8 (unless determined to be catastrophically disabled)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, except dental care
  • Medical: Long-term care, including short-term nursing home care (if space and resources are available)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • Medical care subject to co-payment, including medication
  • HISA

SPECIAL CATEGORY VETERANS:


Former Prisoners of War (POW): Detained for 30 days or more
  • Medical: Priority Group 3
  • Medical: All VA medical care, including all needed dental care
  • Medical: Long-term care, including indefinite nursing home care (for veterans rated 70% or more and for those veterans whose service-connected condition is clinically determined to require nursing home care. Veterans rated less than 70% may be provided short-term nursing home care if space and resources are available)
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • HISA
  • Medication co-payment for NSC conditions (exempt if prior year income is below maximum annual pension)
  • DIC-Special rules apply for Former POWs
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Vietnam Veterans
The United States military involvement in the Vietnam War officially began on August 5, 1964; however, the first U.S. casualty in Vietnam occurred on July 8, 1959. Approximately 2.7 million men and women served in Vietnam.
During the war, over 58,000 U.S. military members lost their lives and 153,000 were wounded. There were 766 prisoners of war of which 114 died in captivity. The war was officially ended by Presidential Proclamation on May 7, 1975. Vietnam Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits to include:
  • Disability Compensation
  • Pension
  • Education and training
  • Health Care
  • Home Loans
  • Insurance
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

World War I & Mexican Border Period
  • Medical: Priority Group 6 (unless determined to be catastrophically disabled)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, excluding outpatient dental care
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • HISA
  • Medication co-payment for NSC conditions (exempt if prior year income is below maximum annual pension)
  • C&P: Special pension rates

Veterans exposed to a toxic substance, radiation, or environmental hazard in the Persian Gulf (limited to certain disabilities):
  • Medical: Priority Group 6 (unless eligible for a higher priority group)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, excluding outpatient dental care*
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • HISA
  • Medication co-payment for NSC conditions exempt if prior year income is below maximum annual pension or when care is for conditions related to exposure or experience)
* For the specific disability or appropriate for the percentage of service-connected disability awarded. Please refer to Volume 2 for more detailed information regarding this special benefit.

Veterans Serving at Camp Lejeune
VA has published proposed regulations to establish presumptions for the service connection of eight diseases affecting military members exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The presumptive illnesses apply to active duty, reserve and National Guard members who served for no less than 30 days at Camp Lejeune between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987, and are diagnosed with any of following conditions:
  • Adult Leukemia
  • Aplastic Anemia and other Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Purple Heart Recipients
  • Medical: Priority Group 3 (unless eligible for a higher priority group)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, excluding outpatient dental care*
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • HISA
  • Compensation if a compensable disability exists
  • DoD Compensation: Available to certain military retirees
* For the specific disability or appropriate for the percentage of service-connected disability awarded. Please refer to Volume 2 for more detailed information regarding this special benefit

Catastrophically Disabled

  • Medical: Priority Group 4 (unless eligible for a higher priority group)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, excluding outpatient dental care*
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • HISA
  • Exempt co-payments for medical care (inpatient/outpatient) and medications
* For the specific disability or appropriate for the percentage of service-connected disability awarded. Please refer to Volume 2 for more detailed information regarding this special benefit

Section 1151 of Title 38, U.S.C. (disability resulting from VA medical care)

  • Medical: Priority Group 3 (unless eligible for a higher priority group)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, including outpatient dental care *
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • DIC
  • HISA
  • Clothing Allowance *
  • Special Home Adaptation Grant *
  • Compensation if a compensable disability exists
* For the specific disability or appropriate for the percentage of service-connected disability awarded. Please refer to Volume 2 for more detailed information regarding this special benefit

VA Vocational Rehabilitation Participant
  • Medical: Priority Group 3 (unless eligible for a higher priority group)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, including dental care needed to complete the program
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • HISA
  • Compensation if a compensable disability exists
  • DoD Compensation: Available to certain military retirees

Military Retirees (based on 20 years of Active Military Service)
  • Medical: Priority Group is determined by other eligibility factors (no special consideration)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, excluding outpatient dental care *
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • HISA
  • Compensation if a compensable disability exists
  • DoD Compensation: Available to certain military retirees
  • DoD Healthcare Benefits: Tricare for Life
  • Commissary and Exchange Privileges

Military Retirees (Chapter 61-Medical Retirement)
  • Medical: Priority Group is determined by other eligibility factors (no special consideration)
  • Medical: All VA medical care, possibly outpatient dental care
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • HISA
  • Compensation if a compensable disability exists
  • DoD CRSC (Combat Related Special Compensation): available to certain military retirees
  • DoD Healthcare Benefits: Tricare for Life
  • Commissary and Exchange Privileges

Combat Veterans-OEF/OIF (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom)

  • Medical: Priority Group 6 or higher based on disability
  • Medical: All VA medical care and possibly outpatient dental care *
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids, if enrolled
  • HISA, if enrolled
  • Compensation if a compensable disability exists
  • Caregiver benefits for severely disabled caregiver.va.gov
  • DoD Compensation: Available to certain military retirees
  • Subject to medical co-payments for non-military or combat related conditions (exempt if prior years income is below maximum annual pension)

Active Duty Personnel
  • Medical: Per special agreement/arrangement between VA and DoD. The level and type of care available at each VA will vary.
  • Medical: Prosthetic equipment and blind aids
  • Compensation if a compensable disability exists once separated or retired from DoD
  • DoD Compensation: Available to certain combat injured personnel


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