There are a vast number of benefits available for veterans, the trick is to get an up to date veteran benefits manual from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, along with any other information available on whatever benefits you may need and then seeking out the proper channels in which to ask for help with filing for them.
Here are just a few of the benefits available for veterans:
1. VA Medical Benefits www.va.gov/health
VA Medical Benefits are available for any person who has served in active military duty such as army, navy, coast guard, or any air service. The person should be already discharged or released from duty under conditions other than a dishonorable discharge in order to qualify for VA Medical Benefits. National Guard and reservists members may also qualify for VA Medical Benefits if they were called into active duty by a federal order and have completed the full active duty term to which they were so ordered.
Minimum Requirements for VA Medical Benefits are for the service member to have served at least 24 continuous months or the full period for which they were called to active duty in order to be eligible. There are however some allowances given when someone is discharged because of injury, etc.
For information on all VA Medical Benefits you should refer to the Dept. of Veterans Benefits newest manual, or see a local VA office for help.
2. VA Disability Pension www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/index.htm
Veterans who have low incomes and who are permanently and totally disabled, or are at least 65 years of age or older, may be eligible for financial support if they have at least 90 days or more of active duty service, at least one of which was during war. The serviceman’s discharge must have been under honorable conditions and the disability must be for reasons other than the serviceman’s own misconduct.
Payments are then made accordingly to bring the veteran’s total financial income, including other retirements or Social Security incomes, to a certain financial income level which has been set by Congress.
Congress establishes the maximum annual disability income rates. Payments are reduced by the amount of financial income of the serviceman, spouse and dependent children.
To understand more about the requirements and eligibility for Veterans Disability Pensions please see your local VA office and refer to the newest version of the Dept. of Veterans Benefits newest manual.
3. VA Home Loans http://www.homeloans.va.gov
VA Home Loan Guaranties are given to help eligible service-members, reservists, veterans and single surviving spouses of servicemen obtain homes, residential cooperative housing units, manufactured homes, and to help refinance home loans.
For any additional information or to obtain help with applying for a VA Home Loan Guarantee you should see your local VA office or contact the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
The VA Home Loan Guarantee helps protect lenders such as banks from any loss if the borrower fails to repay the loan. The loan guarantee can also be used to obtain a home loan, to build a home, for a residential condominium unit, to purchase a cooperative housing unit or to repair, alter, or improve a existing home owned by a veteran and occupied as the serviceman’s home. It can also be used in refinancing an existing home mortgage, or to purchase a manufactured home along with any land that is needed. The loan can be utilized for making necessary renovations such as installing a solar heating or cooling system, along with any other energy saving improvements.
4. There are VA Benefits for Transitioning From Active Duty Military to the VA www.dol.gov/vets/programs/tap/tap_fs.htm
The VA has personnel at all major military hospitals in order to assist seriously injured service-members returning from the war as they transition from military to civilian life.
The Va provides a Transition Assistance Program consisting of detailed three day program at all military installations that is designed to help service-members as they transition from military to civilian life. The comprehensive program involves relative job searches, employment and training details, as well as other essential VA Benefits assistance, for any servicemen who are within 12 months of being discharged from active duty or 24 months of retiring from active duty.
Service-members may also receive counseling 24 months prior to retiring or 12 months prior to discharge from duty. These informative programs present valuable information on VA education, employment assistance, reserve and National Guard benefits, medical benefits, and monetary assistance.
For help with transitioning or additional information on the Transition Assistance Program contact your local VA office or any local military facility.
5. VA Training and Educational Benefits www.gibill.va.gov
The new GI Bill is an education benefit program for service-members and veterans who have served on active duty on or after 9-11.
To be eligible, the service-member or veteran must have served at least 90 days of active duty after 9-11 and must have remained active duty or been honorably discharged from active duty
The serviceman must have been released from active duty and placed on the retirement list or have been placed on the temporary disability retirement list
The serviceman must have been released from active duty and then transferred to the Fleet Reserve status or the Fleet Marine Corps Reserve status
The serviceman must have been released from active duty for further service as a reservist in the Armed Forces
Veterans may also be eligible if they were honorably discharged from active duty for a military connected disability after serving at least 30 days after 9-11.
For help with the GI Bill or information on filing for the GI education benefits contact your local VA office or the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
6. VA Life Insurance http://www.insurance.va.gov
For information on the Veterans Life Insurance and how to file contact the
Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office and Insurance Center
Philadelphia, PA 19101
For VA Life Insurance information see the Dept. of Veterans Affairs newest Benefits Manual and talk with a local VA office for any assistance you may need on what information is needed when filing insurance claims.
References for this article include: www.vba.va.gov/VBA