State Subsistence, Dental & Optical Benefits

State Soldiers' Assistance Program (SSAP)

The SSAP provides temporary financial assistance to veterans and their dependents during a period when veterans are disabled and not able to work at their normal occupations. Veterans must have served 181 consecutive days active duty unless discharged due to disability incurred while on active duty, discharged under honorable conditions, and meet the 30 day residency requirement. Benefits under this program are income based and the maximum length of assistance is six months. This program also provides basic dental and optical care to eligible veterans and their dependents.


The Subsistence program provides rent help and personal needs money if a veteran becomes disabled and unable to work for at least 30 days. The program will also pay current utility bills, health insurance premiums (including COBRA), and an enhanced cash benefit for each school-aged child in the household. The Subsistence program will also provide emergency financial assistance in the event of a catastrophic loss caused by fire, flood, tornado or other disaster.

Dental Treatment

The dental program will provide a voucher worth up to $1,000 per person per year toward dental treatment. This program can be used once per year.

Optical Care

The optical program will provide a voucher for up to $154 per person with a maximum of $110 for lenses and frames and a maximum of $44 toward the eye exam. This program may be used once every two years.

For more information or to apply for the program please contact our office at 507-237-4090.