Wednesday, June 21, 2006

VA Benefits Safe from Creditors

The Washington Times has a regular columnist whose goes by Sgt. Shaft. Military readers send in questions and Sgt. Shaft gets to the answer. His column from Monday begins:
Dear Sgt. Shaft:
I have a friend who is hospitalized, draws a Veterans Affairs disability check and owns a small business. His wife called and asked me if his disability income could be garnished to help pay off his business debts.
Thank you,
Via the Internet

Dear Ken:
The powers that be at the Department of Veterans Affairs tell me that, with certain exceptions, VA benefits are exempt from claims of creditors, attachment, garnishment and other forms of legal process under Title 38, Section 5301 of the U.S. Code. This protection applies to benefits "either before or after receipt by the beneficiary."
Interesting stuff to many soldiers that deployed and may have left businesses behind. Read On.