Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program Plan, veterans and widows receiving Disability and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from November 1, 2008 to January 31, 2009, are eligible to receive a one-time $250 economic stimulus payment from the U.S. Treasury.
The one-time checks were authorized for eligible veterans and their widows, Social Security recipients and Railroad Retirement Board pension recipients. If you or your loved one qualified for a payment under more than one program, you are only eligible to ONE check of $250.
I called the VA today and was told that veterans did not need to “apply” for the check. The Treasury is administering payment of the checks to veterans, using information provided by the VA. The vast majority of checks were mailed out to veterans and their widows as of June 30, 2009. However, a second issue of checks was made “this fall” according to the representative I spoke to today. Therefore, if you are eligible for the check, and have not yet received it, it is possible that “your check is in the mail.” However, you may want to be proactive and contact the VA at 1-800-827-1000 to follow up on the disbursement and ensure you were not overlooked. Follow the prompts and at the appropriate point push “0” to get connected to a live VA representative who can answer your questions.
Good luck, veterans!