The Transitional Compensation Program is a congressionally authorized program for abused dependents of military personnel. The legislation authorizes temporary monetary payments for Families in which the Active Duty Soldier has been court-martialed or is being administratively separated for a dependent-abuse offense. Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1342.24, Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents, and Army Regulation 608-1 implement this program. Transitional compensation is designed to partially alleviate the financial hardship to the abused dependent(s) for reporting the dependent-abuse offense.
TC may be authorized for a spouse or former spouse of an Active Duty Soldier who has received official notification of an administrative separation or court-martial conviction (with a qualifying sentence) for domestic abuse, child abuse, or child sexual abuse. Dependent children residing in the home of the Soldier at the time of abuse may also qualify for TC.
Payments are for a minimum for 12 months or until the Soldier’s ETS date, whichever period is longer, but may not exceed a maximum of 36 months. The current monthly Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) rate is $1,154.00 for the spouse, $286.00 for each eligible child, or $488.00 per eligible child if there is no spouse payment. If the spouse has custody of a dependent child(ren) of the Soldier, the amount of compensation to the spouse will increase for each child. If there is no eligible spouse, compensation can be made to a court appointed guardian on behalf of the dependent child or children.
Transitional compensation beneficiaries are also entitled to other privileges for the duration of their eligibility period. During the eligibility period, beneficiaries are entitled to commissary and exchange privileges. They are also eligible to receive medical care, including behavioral health services, as TRICARE beneficiaries. Dental care services may be provided in dental facilities of the Uniformed Services on space available basis. Certification that the spouse has not re-married and is not co-habitating with the soldier (offender) is required to be sent to Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) on an annual basis.
Benefits will be forfeited to eligible dependents if the eligible spouse remarries. In addition, if the Soldier or former Soldier cohabitates with the eligible spouse or dependent child receiving transitional compensation, payments will cease.
Contact your nearest Army Community Service (ACS) Family Advocacy Program Manager (FAPM) for additional information.