Career Impact Allowance
On April 1, 2017, the Career Impact Allowance (formerly known as the Permanent Impairment Allowance) introduced a new individual assessment as one of the factors that is considered as part of the assignment of grade level. This change increases access to higher CIA grade levels for some Veterans.
This new assessment looks at years left to serve (at time of release) and degree of earning capacity.
The term totally and permanently incapacitated (TPI) changed to diminished earning capacity (DEC). Diminished earning capacity means that a Veteran is unable to earn at least 66.7% of their adjusted pre-release salary.
The Career Impact Allowance (CIA) is a taxable, monthly benefit—payable for life. The allowance is provided when your career options have been limited because of a service-related illness or injury.
Do I qualify?
You may qualify if you have:
- a severe and permanent impairment for which you have received a disability benefit, and
- a VAC-approved application for rehabilitation services.
How do I apply?
Your VAC case manager can assist you with your application.
You can also fill out the application and mail it to us.
Veterans who receive the Career Impact Allowance, and who are deemed to have diminished earning capacity, are also eligible for the career impact allowance supplement.
Severe and permanent impairment
This term is used to identify that the Veteran permanently requires supervision, is severely and permanently limited in mobility or self-care, has conditions such as an amputation or a total and permanent loss of vision or hearing or speech, or a severe and permanent psychiatric condition.
Diminished earning capacity
This term means that a Veteran is unable to earn at least 66.7% of their adjusted pre-release salary
Suitable gainful employment
Suitable gainful employment is a job or career for which you are reasonably qualified by reason of your level of education, training or experience, and that provides at least 66 2/3% of you pre-release salary.
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