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I Have Been Charged With A Crime. Can That Affect My Receipt Of Benefits?

Yes.  If you have been indicted for the commission of a crime the Department may suspend the distribution of any benefits, and you will forfeit your rights to any benefits, even those which have accrued during military service prior to the commission or alleged commission of the crime that you have been indicted for.  However, if you have been indicted for a crime and are later acquitted or the charges are dropped, you can have your benefit payments restored, and recover the past benefits that you did not receive.  Conviction of certain offenses, including treason and other offenses against the United States will result in a forfeiture of all benefits, both accrued and those to which you are entitled in the future.

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