Contacting the VA
- Directory regarding the locations of all VA Medical and Regional Office Facilities and Cemeteries.
- Veterans Education Benefits inquiries.
- The Board of Veterans Appeals is the component of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that is responsible for entering the final decision on behalf of the Secretary for entitlement to Veterans benefits that are presented annually for appellate review. https://iris.va.gov/scripts/iris.cfg/php.exe
Call the VA at 1-800-827-1000
Overview of Benefits for Disabled Veterans http://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/benefits-summary
"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a range of benefits for Veterans. However, certain benefits have specifically been created to assist disabled Veterans."
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- Disability compensation provides a monthly cash benefit to Veterans whose disabilities resulted from injury or disease contracted in or aggravated by military service. The amount is based on the level disability.
- The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program is designed to help Veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Assistance is also available to help Veterans with living skills.
- Automobile and special adaptive equipment grants (to certain disabled vets.
- Clothing allowances are designed for certain Veterans entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability for which he or she uses a prosthetic or orthopedic device.
- Housing grants are provided for constructing an adapted home or modifying an existing home to meet the adaptive needs of certain Veterans and servicemembers.
- Service Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI) is life insurance for Veterans who have received a service-connected disability rating by the VA.
National Resource Directory
"Connecting wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers with those who support them."
Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors - 2013 online edition
"This information can also be downloaded".
When a military retiree dies their retirement pay stops. This means that the surviving spouse will be left without a substantial income source. If you are a retiree you need to give serious thought to how you can protect your spouse from the hardships caused by the loss of your retirement pay.
One option available to you is the Survivor Benefit Plan. The SBP is an insurance plan that will pay your surviving spouse a monthly payment (annuity) to help make up for the loss of your retirement income. The plan is designed to protect your survivors against the risks of:
- Your early death;
- Your survivor outliving the benefits; and
VA Disability Compensation
"Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service. It is also paid to certain veterans disabled from VA health care. The benefits are tax-free."
The Independence Fund
"If you were injured in the Line of Duty and would like to request the assistance of the INDY Fund, contact us today".
Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors
"Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs."
Wounded Warrior Project
"The Wounded Warrior Project Policy program creates and pursues legislative and policy changes that will benefit severely wounded service members and disabled veterans of the current military conflicts. With advice and input from the wounded service members and families we serve, we develop policy and legislative proposals covering the range of problems they face."
Air Compassion for Veterans
"ACV is the essential link that provides free air transportation for our wounded warriors and their families to access the services and programs that will provide them with healing and restoration".
"eBenefits is your one-stop shop for online benefits-related tools and information. This portal is designed for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Service Members, their families, and their caregivers. We invite you to explore eBenefits and become a registered user."
Transition Assistance Program and Disabled Transition Assistance Program
"VA encourages all separating service members to contact their respective Family Service Centers/Transition Center to determine when the Transition Assistance Briefings are scheduled for a particular site and attend. These briefings provide information which will help you make the transition to civilian life easier by ensuring you are aware of the many VA benefits available to you."
"Disabled transition (DTAP) is an integral part of the transition program and concentrates on those service members being separated due to a disability incurred while on active duty."
VA Home Loan
Concurrent Retirement and Disability Pay
"Qualified disabled military retirees will now get paid both their full military retirement pay and their VA disability compensation. This recently passed law phases out (over 9 years) the VA disability offset, which means that military retirees with 20 or more years of service and a 50% (or higher) VA rated disability will no longer have their military retirement pay reduced by the amount of their VA disability compensation."
To be eligible:
1) Be a Military Retiree with 20 or more years of service, including:
- Chapter 61 Medical Retirees with 20 years or more or.
- National Guard and Reserve with 20 or more good years (once they turn 60 and begin drawing a retirement check)
Note: *This program is run by the Department of Defense. It is not a VA program. If you are qualify for concurrent receipt, you should have automatically received an increase in your military retirement starting in Janauary 2004.*
"The Pre-Discharge Program is a joint Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) program that affords service members the opportunity to file claims for disability compensation up to 180 days prior to separation or retirement from active duty or full time National Guard or Reserve duty."
Veterans Pension Program
Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income, and who are age 65 or older, or, if under 65, who are permanently and totally disabled. Veterans who are more seriously disabled may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits. These are benefits that are paid in addition to the basic pension rate.
Aid and Attendance (A&A)
"Is a benefit paid in addition to monthly pension. This benefit may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A Veteran may be eligible for A&A when:"
- The Veteran requires the aid of another person in order to perform personal functions required in everyday living, such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic devices, or protecting himself/herself from the hazards of his/her daily environment, OR,
- The Veteran is bedridden, in that his/her disability or disabilities requires that he/she remain in bed apart from any prescribed course of convalescence or treatment, OR,
- The veteran is a patient in a nursing home due to mental or physical incapacity, OR,
- The Veteran is blind, or so nearly blind as to have corrected visual acuity of 5/200 or less, in both eyes, or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.
"Is paid in addition to monthly pension. Like A&A, housebound benefits may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A Veteran may be eligible for housebound benefits when":
- The Veteran has a single permanent disability evaluated as 100-percent disabling AND due to such disability, he/she is permanently and substantially confined to his/her immediate premises, OR
- The Veteran has a single permanent disability evaluated as 100-percent disabling AND another disability or disabilities, evaluated as 60 percent or more disabling. http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/pension/vetpen.htm#7
"Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home."
Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program
"TSGLI was designed to provide severely injured service members who suffer a loss as a direct result of a traumatic injury with short-term monetary assistance to lessen the economic burden on them and their families, who often incur financial hardships because they relocate to be with the member during long and difficult treatment and rehabilitation periods." http://www.benefits.va.gov/INSURANCE/tsgli.asp?expandable=0&subexpandable=2
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind - VetDogs
"Helping those who have served our country honorably to live with dignity and independence whether they are visually impaired or have other special needs, by using guide dogs, service dogs, and innovative technologies."
Blinded Veterans Association
"To preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among blinded veterans so that they may give mutual aid and assistance to one another."
Veterans' Group Life Insurance
"VGLI is a program of post-separation insurance which allows service members to convert their SGLI coverage to renewable term insurance. Members with full-time SGLI coverage are eligible for VGLI upon release from service."
"VA will provide medications that are prescribed by VA providers in conjunction with VA medical care. Medications are prescribed from an approved list of medications called a formulary. VA will not simply fill or rewrite prescriptions prescribed by your private physician."
Receiving help for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
"Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. A traumatic event is something horrible and scary that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or other lives are in danger. You may feel afraid or feel that you have no control over what is happening.
All people with PTSD have lived through a traumatic event that caused them to fear for their lives, see horrible things, and feel helpless. Strong emotions caused by the event create changes in the brain that may result in PTSD".
"Provides self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression, and other behavioral health challenges commonly faced after a deployment".
Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
"PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, affects many people from all walks of life. Most of us think of PTSD as only having a real effect on war veterans and soldiers, but this problem also has dramatic effects on others who have been through something traumatic as well. It can even affect children who have been through a very daunting experience."
Disabled American Veterans
"Disabled American Veterans has never wavered in our commitment to serve our nation. Our largest endeavor in fulfilling that mission is our National Service Program. In 88 offices throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, the DAV employs a corps of approximately 260 National Service Officers (NSOs) who represent veterans and their families with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense and other government agencies. Veterans need not be DAV members to take advantage of this outstanding assistance, which is provided free of charge." http://www.dav.org/veterans/VeteransAffairs.aspx
VA Health Care Eligibility & Enrollment http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility
- Eligibility for most Veterans health care benefits is based solely on active military service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard (or Merchant Marines during WW II), and discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.
- Reservists and National Guard members who were called to active duty by a Federal Executive Order may qualify for VA health care benefits. Returning service members, including Reservists and National Guard members who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations have special eligibility for hospital care, medical services, and nursing home care for two years following discharge from active duty.
- Health Care eligibility is not just for those who served in combat.
- Other groups may be eligible for some health benefits.
- Veteranhealth care is not just for service-connected injuries or medical conditions.
- Veteran health care facilities are not just for men only. VA offers full-service health care to women Veterans.
Affordable Colleges Online: Higher Education Affordability for Vets
"Veterans guide to paying for college - including information, resources and expert advice on higher education funding and scholarship for veterans."
"My HealtheVet is health website, which offers Veterans, active duty soldiers, their dependents and caregivers anywhere, anytime Internet access to VA health care information and services. Launched nationwide in 2003, My HealtheVet is a free, online Personal Health Record that empowers Veterans to become informed partners in their health care. With My HealtheVet, AmericaVeterans can access trusted, secure, and current health and benefits information as well as record and store important health and military history information at their convenience. Registering and using My HealtheVet is easy and it's free!"
VA healthcare facilties
"This site is a storehouse of facility and key staff information within 1366 VA facilities, maintained on a regular basis by editors and administrators nationwide throughout the VA network. Designed for ease-of-use, this site categorizes information for browsing by state and administration, as well as by viewing through an interactive map of the United States."
Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
"The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. The program is administered by Health Administration Center and our offices are located in Denver, Colorado."
Purple Heart Homes, Inc
"We are a non-profit organization founded by two NC National Guard Soldiers; SSG Dale Beatty and John Gallina. Both were injured in the same explosion that eventually required the amputation of both of SSG Beatty's legs. After returning home and building a house Dale realized a need for all veterans who have mobility limiting service connection injuries. This need has been recognized by some organizations which have assisted veterans and their families in acquiring housing that is suitable to their needs. This is achieved through construction, remodeling, or renovation."
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