There are a wide array of benefits available to veterans regardless of their place of residency. Most benefits administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs require that the veteran served under other than dishonorable conditions. These benefits include Disability compensation, Pension, Survivor benefits, Burial benefits, Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35 educational benefits, and health care benefits. Veterans with a Honorable discharge or General discharge under Honorable conditions are eligible for VA benefits. Veterans with an Other than Honorable discharge may be eligible for VA benefits. Regardless of your discharge, contact me to see if you are eligible for any VA benefits.
Disability compensation is paid to veterans who suffered an injury or disease while on active duty and still have residuals of that injury or disease. This is what is called a "service-connected" disability. VA disability compensation payments (2021) range anywhere from $144.14 to more than $3,146.42 a month (for a single veteran without dependents). See Disability Compensation for more information.
If you are a veteran who had other than dishonorable service of at least 90 days 1 of which was during a period of conflict or war and have limited or no income, and have a disability, or disabilities, that are not related to your military service, you can be awarded a pension by VA. If you served during the following periods of war, you may qualify for a pension. Click here for more information or see Pension.
Benefits available to those who are interned at a national cemetery include a Government headstone or marker, burial flag, and a memorial certificate. For those veterans who are interned at a private cemetery, a Government headstone or marker, burial flag, and a memorial certificate are provided at no cost. A burial allowance also may be paid to defer any cost of interment. Click HERE for more information or see burial.
There are benefits available to surviving spouses and children of; veterans who died as the result of their service-connected disabilities; of veterans who served during a period of war and have limited or no income or; of service members who died on active duty. Click here for eligibility requirements.
If you have a service-connected disability or have an overall combined rating of 50% or more, you can go to any VAMC or out patient clinic and receive medical care at no cost to you. If you have a disability rating from VA which is 40% or less, you may also seek care from any VAMC for non-service-connected condition; however, you may have to pay a co-pay based on your income. Veterans who live overseas can seek care for their service-connected disability, or disabilities, and VA's Foreign Medical Program will pay the necessary cost of that care.
There are many types of educational benefits available to eligible veterans. From the GI BILL, and Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA), to the Vocational Rehabilitation program. Don't let the opportunity of letting VA help you obtain your educational goal slip away!