HomeVA ProstheticsVA Handbook 1173.15 - Clothing Allowance BenefitAuthority

15.2. Authority

a. Under Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1162, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must pay an annual clothing allowance to veterans if the veteran has a service-connected disability or condition, or a disability compensable under 38 U.S.C. 1151 that requires the veteran to wear or use a prosthetic or orthopedic device that wears out or tears clothing, e.g., pants, shirts, etc. (see Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3.810).

b. The clothing allowance may also be paid if the veteran uses, for a service-connected skin condition, medication prescribed by a physician, which causes irreparable damage to the veteran's outer garments. NOTE: Irreparable damage does not include stains that are removable through regular laundering or dry cleaning. Approval of a claim based on use of medication requires a medical determination. A skin condition requiring use of a medication is not considered static, and a re-determination is required each year.

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