VA Form 10-8678, Application for Annual Clothing Allowance is a document used to apply for a clothing allowance. A clothing allowance is a one-time or yearly payment for veterans wearing a prescribed prosthetic or orthopedic appliance or using a prescribed skin medication that is damaging their clothes. Applying for clothing allowance is possible only after the veteran has applied for and claimed disability compensation.
The latest version of the form was released by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in June 2015 with all previous editions obsolete. A VA Form 10-8678 fillable version is available for download below.
To be considered eligible for more than one clothing allowance, the veteran must wear or tear more than one type of article of their clothing or medications must irreparably damage more than one type of their clothing.
Types of clothing and garments eligible for clothing allowance include shirts, blouses, pants, skirts, shorts and similar items, which were permanently damaged by appliances or skin medications. Shoes, hats, scarves, underwear, socks, and similar garments are not included.
Items that tend damage clothing include prosthesis, rigid braces, ankle or foot orthosis (AFO) with hooks, rigid AFO, manual wheelchairs without clothing guards, specialized wheelchairs with sliding board or sliding transfer functionalities, and wheelchairs with positioning and posturing adaptations, crutches, wrist braces, prosthesis, rigid orthotics, service dogs, colostomy or ileostomy, cervical braces.
Skin medication is cream, salve, ointment, lotion, or semisolid medicine that is used to treat, prevent, heal, protect and alleviate symptoms from a skin condition. The veteran can file a claim for clothing allowance if the medication causes irreparable staining, discoloration, bleeding, and damage not removable by laundering or dry cleaning.