VA's Veteran Monthly Assistance Allowance Program
The VA's Veteran Monthly Assistance Allowance (PVMAA) program is a rehabilitative benefit and is applicable to disabled veterans whether the disability is service-connected or non-service-connected. The VMAA has qualification standards that must be achieved and verified with the USOC’s U.S. Paralympics Division prior to receiving the allowance.
The allowance has very specific requirements in regards to training plans and levels of development, and is designed for Paralympic sports that have official governing bodies that have developed military and national standards. The governing bodies vary on level of program development; however, U.S. Paralympics is responsible for all Paralympic sport allowance programs at the standards and interaction with veteran athlete level in the 50 states and District of Columbia.
Also, if a veteran qualifies in more than one Paralympic sport, the veteran can switch which sport that (s)he is receiving the allowance for; we have had several disabled veteran athletes switch Paralympic sports already—several when paratriathlon became available, another was from wheelchair rugby to track, and we currently have an athlete in field events working on transitioning to another sport.
Although the VA oversees the overall VMAA program, the USOC’s U.S. Paralympics handles applications and ongoing submission of VMAA documents to the VA. For information on the VMAA, the attached standards include points of contact for each Paralympic sport, the primary USOC point of contact is Sarah Hulsman who can be reached at Sarah.Hulsman@usoc.org. She also handles applications for the allowance and can go over the requirements as far as coaching, training regimens and competitions.
For administrative processes, the USOC needs three documents to be filled out to submit to the VA as well as some other documents for their use such as training plans. After a veteran has been verified as meeting Paralympic allowance requirements, the USOC provides the verifying documentation to PVR, and we work with the VA's Administrative and Loan Accounting Center (ALAC), Austin, TX, to arrange allowance payment through direct deposit to your bank account.
2014 VA Training Allowance Standards(PDF format)