Register April 2022 No. 796
Chapter VA 2
VETERANS ASSISTANCE GRANTS
Subsistence and health care aid grant programs.
Veterans tuition reimbursement program.
Standard student budget.
Recovery of erroneous payments.
Grants to nonprofit organizations.
Veterans employment and entrepreneurship grants.
Ch. VA 2 Note
Note: Chapter VA 2 as it existed on December 31, 1979 was repealed and a new chapter VA 2 was created effective January 1, 1980. Chapter VA 2 as it existed on April 30, 1986 was repealed and a new chapter VA 2 was created effective May 1, 1986.
Ch. VA 2 Note
Note: 2005 Wis. Act 22
repealed and recreated Ch. 45, Stats. Cross-references to Ch. 45, Stats., were corrected by the revisor under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats.
Subsistence and health care aid grant programs. VA 2.01(1g)(a)
The purpose of this section is to establish rules for the administration of the subsistence and health care aid grant programs, as authorized under s. 45.40
The subsistence and health care aid grant programs provide limited financial assistance to eligible veterans or their dependents who are in need.
Grants may be used up to the maximum grant limits as specified in this section.
In this section the following terms shall have the designated meanings:
“Applicant's family" means the applicant's spouse and dependents or, where the applicant is a dependent, the parents, stepparents, or any custodial guardians of the dependent.
“Approved treatment programs” means treatment programs approved by the USDVA or alcohol and other drug treatment programs certified by the Wisconsin department of health services.
“Available liquid assets” means cash on hand, including cash in checking, savings, money market or similar accounts, owned, either jointly or solely, by the applicant or the applicant's family.
“Change in refractive error" means an increase or decrease of sphere, cylinder or power of at least the following: sphere power of + or - .25 diopter; cylinder power of + or - .5 diopter; axis change of + or -.25 to .75 diopters at 5 degrees, + or – 1 to 2 diopters at 3 degrees or + or -2.25 or more diopters at 2 degrees.
“Declaration of aid" means a written determination regarding the availability of county, state, or federal aid administered by the county for an applicant. A declaration of aid must be signed by a county official authorized to determine whether aid is available for an applicant and the applicant's family and whether the applicant has accepted the aid available.
“Dental care" means any care provided by a licensed dentist given to teeth, the supporting natural and artificial structures for teeth, and any replacement or restoration of teeth.
“Description of benefits" means a written determination that an applicant is eligible for health care aid. A description of benefits expires 90 days after the date of eligibility is established and printed by the department unless extended by the department.
“Earned income" means all anticipated family monthly take home earnings from employment including armed forces reserve and national guard pay, and work study payments, after all payroll deductions of the applicant and the applicant's family except payroll deductions for savings plans and payment of debts.
“Economic emergency" means a natural disaster which damages an applicant's primary living residence, a medical emergency, the failure of the applicant's sole means of transportation, or a severe disruption in essential household systems caused by a failure of the applicant's stove, refrigerator, heating system, ventilating and air conditioning system, plumbing system, or electrical system such that it materially compromises the applicant's ability to live.
“Extended dental care” means a dental device, including dentures, that replaces one or more teeth and includes all dental preparation and the manufacture and fitting of the device.
“Health care” means dental care, extended dental care, hearing care, and vision care.
“Health care aid" means the payment by the department for health care.
“Hearing care” means any care provided by a licensed audiologist related to hearing, including hearing exams or hearing aids.
“Illness or injury" means a physical or mental health problem that has been diagnosed by a licensed physician, dentist, optometrist, or audiologist.
“Month" means any consecutive 30-calendar day period.
“Natural disaster" means a catastrophic occurrence over which the applicant or family members living with the applicant has no control, including, but not limited to, a fire, flood, tornado, blizzard, or earthquake.
“Subsistence" means essential living expenses including current rent or mortgage payments on the applicant's primary residence, food, current medical insurance premiums, current costs for prescribed medications, essential travel, child care required because of employment, educational, or medical reasons, and current costs for electricity, heat, basic internet service not otherwise covered within the applicant's basic telephone service, and basic telephone service for the applicant's primary residence. “Subsistence” also means any repairs or purchases required due to an economic emergency.
“Subsistence aid" means the grant payment provided by the department for subsistence.
“Unearned income” means the estimated amount the applicant and the applicant's family receives in benefits or grants during any month from the USDVA or other government agencies, scholarships, fellowships, grants, tuition and fee waivers, all other definite awards other than loans, including amounts paid to the applicant or the applicant's family or to the school on behalf of the applicant or applicant's family for vocational rehabilitation by the USDVA or any other agency, income from trusts or inheritances, unemployment insurance benefits, worker's compensation, social security payments, net rentals from real estate, interest or dividend income or other income not included under earned income. “Unearned income” does not include death benefits paid by the USDVA or other federal agencies.
“Vision care” means a vision exam provided by a licensed vision care provider and a prescription for lens and frame.
A grant application for subsistence aid shall be submitted on a form approved by the department.
VA 2.01 Note
Note: The application for subsistence aid (form WDVA 2453) may be obtained at WisVets.com or by request: 1-800-WIS-VETS or 2135 Rimrock Road, PO Box 7843, Madison, WI 53707-7843.
The application may be submitted through a county veterans service officer, through any other department authorized agent, or directly to the department, either manually or electronically.
The application shall be submitted to the department no later than 12 months following the verified loss of income due to illness, injury, or natural disaster.
A declaration of aid shall be submitted with the application. The declaration shall state that the applicant has applied for all aid offered through or administered by the county, including aid from the federal or state government.
The application shall list all of the applicant's household assets and the household living expenses for the period of 6 months immediately preceding the date of the application.
If requested by the department the applicant shall submit evidence establishing that all other available aid has been applied for and accepted.
The department may request additional verification of any information provided in the application.
The department shall notify the applicant or the applicant's county veterans service officer if any required documentation is missing or if further verification is required to make a decision on the applicant's eligibility. The department may terminate an application if such documentation or verification does not arrive at the department's central office within 60 days of that notification.
An applicant is eligible to receive grant funds under this subsection when all of the following apply:
The applicant satisfies the requirements of s. 45.01 (12)
, Stats., to be considered a veteran, or is a spouse or dependent of an individual who satisfies the requirements of s. 45.01 (12)
The applicant has suffered a loss of income due to illness, injury, or natural disaster. If the loss of income is the result of alcohol or other drug abuse, the applicant shall verify current participation in a department-approved treatment program.
Except for an applicant who is eligible under par. (d)
, the applicant's household income may not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, in effect on the date the application arrives at the department's central office, for the number of family members living in the primary residence.
The applicant lacks other assets or income to meet basic subsistence needs and is not eligible to receive aid from other sources to meet those needs.
Unremarried surviving spouse and dependent of a veteran who dies in the line of duty.
An unremarried surviving spouse and a dependent claiming eligibility due to the death of a veteran in the line of duty shall submit evidence from the appropriate military service indicating that the veteran died in the line of duty.
Spouse and dependent of activated or deployed member.
A spouse and dependent of a member of the U.S. armed forces or of the Wisconsin national guard claiming eligibility shall submit evidence that the service member has been deployed or activated, that due to the activation or deployment a loss of income has occurred, that an economic emergency has occurred during the activation or deployment, and that the spouse and dependent are residents of the state.
Subsistence aid is available for the 90-day period following the date of the verified loss of income due to illness, injury, or a natural disaster.