The Transitional Compensation Program is a congressionally-authorized program implemented through Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1342.24, "Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents." It provides monetary payments and military benefits to dependents of service members who have been separated from the military due to domestic violence or child abuse.
- Program goals - Transitional compensation payments are designed to assist victims and/or their children in establishing a life apart from abusive service members.
- Benefits - The rate of payment varies but is designed to cover living expenses such as food, clothing and housing. In addition to monetary payments, benefits may also include commissary and exchange privileges and medical and dental services.
- Duration of benefits - Transitional compensation benefits are available for no less than 12 months and no more than 36 months. Benefits may be terminated if:
- A spouse receiving the payments remarries
- The former service member resides in the same household as the spouse, former spouse or dependent child to whom compensation is otherwise payable
- The domestic violence conviction is reduced to a lower punishment or the administrative separation is revoked
- Application process - An application for transitional compensation is required to initiate a request for benefits. The service member's commanding officer or legal officer will complete the application and compensation will begin after the application has been approved. Installation victim advocates can help victims with the application process.
A victim may qualify to receive transitional compensation benefits if:
- He/she was married to or is a family member of a service member
- He/she was residing in the home of the service member when the abuse offense occurred
- The service member has served at least 30 days on active duty
- The service member has been discharged administratively (voluntarily or involuntarily), discharged by court martial for domestic violence or sentenced to forfeiture of all pay and allowances by a court-martial for a domestic violence or child abuse offense
- The charge was brought to court after November 29, 1993
Transitional compensation is available worldwide to victims of domestic abuse and child abuse.