Transitional Compensation Program

About Transitional Compensation (TC)

The Transitional Compensation (TC) Program is a congressionally mandated program designed to provide temporary support, services and benefits for Family members who have experienced reported spouse or child abuse. Transitional Compensation is authorized per Army Regulation 608-1 for dependents of Soldiers who have been on active duty for more than 30 days and who, after November 1993 are—
(1)  Separated from active duty under a court-martial sentence that convicted the Soldier of a dependent-abuse offense;
(2)  Administratively separated from active duty if the basis for separation includes a dependent-abuse offense; or
(3)  Sentenced to forfeiture of all pay and allowances by a court-martial which convicted the Soldier of a dependent-abuse offense.   The TC Program seeks to encourage victims to report abuse without fear of loss of the sponsor’s financial and other support (such as medical care coverage) when a Soldier is separated for a family member related abuse offense.  Program services and support may serve as an intervention tool for families engaging in efforts to prevent further harm to the victim and affected family members, establish individual and family safety and well-being, and to disrupt the cycle of violence.  The TC Program entry is activated by a request for services from a dependent victim of abuse or a legal representative of a dependent victim (child).  A TC Program application is the tool untilized to record the request.  The request for TC Program benefits and services is initiated at the installation where the Soldier was assigned when the identified offense(s) occurred.  The Family member victim or their legal representive's (if a child) participation to establish the TC application packet is required. TC Program efforts are designed to assist victims as they experience transition to establish safe environments free of abuse and maltreatment.  The program introduces tools and resources to equip, empower and assist victims to become survivors.  For additional information or assistance regarding Transitional Compensation benefits and services, please contact the Army Community Service (ACS) Center, Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Victim Advocate Office or the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA), Victim Witness Liason (UVL) office at your Installation or the Installation nearest to you.    .      

Transitional Compensation Information

  There are two types of TC applications:  “Traditional” and “Exceptional Eligibility”.               (1)  An application is considered Traditional when the dependent abuse offense is specifically cited as a reason for the Soldier’s separation.  Authorization for approval is by IMCOM, which has been delegated specifically to the IMCOM ACS/FAP.  The application is approved after meeting legal sufficiency.  The legal review is conducted by IMCOM SJA with the provision of a legal opine.  The approval is for a duration of 36 months.  Following approval, the duration period is established and reflected to commence on the date the administrative separation was initiated or the court martial sentence was adjudged.   The TC benefits commence on the date that these military actions were activated rather than the date of the application approval.  Application submission is not allowable to IMCOM until after these actions have been initiated, therefore retroactive pay is granted to the applicant for the time delay based upon process dynamics.           (2)  An application is considered as an Exceptional Eligibility  (EE) request for approval when the Soldier is separated for reasons other than dependent abuse, however, there is documented evidence that dependent abuse occurred.  This is also applicable if the Soldier departs from the service as an ETS and these conditions exist.  The Secretary of the Army (SECARMY) is the sole approval authority for EE applications.  The SECARMY has the authority to make adjustments to the commencement and duration of payment provisions and may make adjustments to other provisions as the Secretary considers necessary in light of the circumstances of the case noted in the application.   For more information regarding the TC Program, please contact your Installation Army Community Service Center, Family Advocacy Program Victim Advocate Office or the Staff Judge Advocate, Victim Witness Liasion Office.  

Transitional Compensation Resources

TC Resources TC Helpful Link The below link can provide helpful resources and information:

Transitional Compensation: Frequently Asked Questions

Transitional Compensation may be authorized for a spouse or former spouse of an active-duty Soldier (including same sex ) 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 and children in utero  at the time of the abuse may also qualify for TC. Those not eligible for transitional compensation include children who were on a “visit” with the Soldier and were abused but who normally reside with another parent or custodian. Nieces, nephews or wards of the state that may be “dependents” while Soldier was on active duty. Girlfriends or boyfriends or their children, unless abuse occurred directly with the child and the child is a legal “dependent” of the Soldier and the child was permanently residing with the Soldier, only the child is eligible. Parents that lived in the home as “dependents” of the Soldier, as well as foster children, are also ineligible.
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:
  • Monthly payments based on the current monthly Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) rate
  • ID card
  • 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
Family members approved for TC are entitled to monthly payments. 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.
This scenario might fall under the category of “Exceptional Eligibility”. On 14 Apr 08, the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness issued a Department of Defense Policy Memorandum, Exceptional Eligibility for Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents. This memorandum 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.
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.
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.
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 Victim Advocate.
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