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Transitional Compensation

FAQ's for TC program

Category Questions  
Who is Eligible?
What benefits am I entitled to if approved for Transitional Compensation?
What monetary payments are available?
How long do the TC benefits last?
Can I still be eligible for benefits if the dependent-abuse was left off of the memorandum to...
Can I lose or forfeit the TC benefits?
How can I apply for Transitional Compensation?
What additional assistance is available to support me and my family?

Category Questions  
Who is Eligible?
[9/29/2010]

Transitional Compensation 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. Children of Soldiers residing in the home at the time of the abuse may also qualify for TC.

What benefits am I entitled to if approved for Transitional Compensation?
[9/29/2010]

The TC Program offers benefits and entitlements for 12-36 months to eligible Family members. During the entitlement period, beneficiaries are entitled to the following:
• Commissary and exchange privileges
• Medical care, including behavioral health services, as TRICARE beneficiaries
• Dental care services may be provided in dental facilities of the Uniformed Services on a space available basis
• Monthly payments based on the current monthly Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) rate

What monetary payments are available?
[10/5/2010]

Family members approved for TC are entitled to monthly payments. The current monthly payments (based on Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC) rate) are as follows:

• $1,154 for spouses

• $286 for each eligible child, or

• $488 per eligible child if there is no spouse payment

The amount of monetary benefits changes each year; check with your installation Transitional Compensation POC to verify monthly payment amounts. TC benefits are reported as income but are not taxable.


How long do the TC benefits last?
[9/29/2010]

TC benefits are for a minimum of 12 months or for the unserved portion of the active duty service, whichever period is longer, but may not exceed a maximum of 36 months. Your installation Transitional Compensation POC will provide additional information regarding the duration of benefits.

Can I still be eligible for benefits if the dependent-abuse was left off of the memorandum to initiate an administrative separation?
[9/29/2010]

This scenario might fall under the category of “Exceptional Eligibility”. On 14 Apr 08, the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness issued a Directive Type Memorandum (DTM), Exceptional Eligibility for Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents. This DTM authorizes the Secretary of the Army (SA) to review and approve cases in which a Soldier was separated from the Army for a non-dependent-abuse offense, even though the Soldier committed a dependent-abuse offense.

Contact your installation Transitional Compensation POC (ACS Family Advocacy Program Victim Advocate (VA) or Staff Judge Advocate Victim Witness Liaison) to find out more information about whether you may be eligible for TC benefits under this new criteria.

Can I lose or forfeit the TC benefits?
[9/29/2010]

Yes. If a spouse receiving payments remarries, payments cease as soon as of the date of the remarriage. If the Soldier cohabitates with the eligible spouse or child receiving compensation, payments will cease. Speak with your Transitional Compensation POC for more information.

How can I apply for Transitional Compensation?
[9/29/2010]

Your installation ACS Family Advocacy Program Victim Advocate or the Staff Judge Advocate’s Victim Witness Liaison can help you in applying for TC benefits. Check the “Services Locator” on this webpage to identify the Transitional Compensation POC at your installation.

What additional assistance is available to support me and my family?
[9/29/2010]

Transitional Compensation is just one of the resources available to support Family members affected by domestic violence. Your installation's ACS Family Advocacy Program has Victim Advocates available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to:

 Provide non-judgmental support and crisis intervention
 Help develop a safety plan for you and your family
 Assist you with accessing a safe house and other emergency services
 Accompany you to a medical exam, investigative interview or court appearance
 Assist you in obtaining military and civilian protective orders
 Help you apply for Transitional Compensation

It's important to remember that, as a victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. There are resources available to provide information and to help you make the best decisions for you and your family. Contact your ACS Family Advocacy Program to speak to a VA.


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