VA Benefits

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VA Benefits Handbook

This is the Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors 2013 Online Edition. This also has the means for you to download the 2013 version of the Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors for the Kindle and for all devices OTHER than Kindle (iPad, iPhone, Nook, Android, etc).

Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs Compensation page provides a wealth of information on Veterans benefits generally.

Veterans Health Library

The Veterans Health Library has fact sheets, videos, guidebooks, interactive quizzes and much more.

vhl_logoSince 2013, the Veterans Health Library at www.veteranshealthlibrary.org has been offering Veterans, family members, and caregivers 24/7 access to comprehensive, Veteran-focused health information. The online Library is a one-stop source for health information to help Veterans stay healthy and well-informed.

There are over 1,500 health sheets; more than 150 videos; Go-to-Guides with audio, video and interactive quizzes; and Flipbooks that have been approved by VA experts, and include topics specific to Veterans, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), combat-related Traumatic Brain Injury, Agent Orange, and Cold Injury.

All health information is available in English and Spanish to Veterans, their family and the public, no matter where the Veteran receives care.

Today, the Veterans Health Library has a fresh, new look and feel that improves the users’ experience to make it more responsive to your needs. Come on in…browse around…and see for yourself. Stay Healthy!

Disability Compensation for Personal Assault or Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Some Veterans may have experienced personal assault or sexual trauma while serving in the military. These kinds of experiences can sometimes affect Veterans’ mental and physical health, even many years later. Veterans can apply for disability compensation for any current difficulties that are related to their service, including difficulties related to personal assault or military sexual trauma (MST). You do not need a VA service-connected disability rating to be eligible for free MST-related treatment through VA. No documentation is required to receive MST-related treatment.

VA Removes Annual Income Reporting Requirement

Eliminates Burden on Veterans, Improves Customer Service

WASHINGTON –The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is eliminating the annual requirement for most Veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system to report income information beginning in March 2014.  Instead, VA will automatically match income information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration.

VA Disability Compensation

The VA Disability Benefits page provides information specifically about benefits available to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled. VA disability compensation provides monthly benefits to Veterans in recognition of the effects of disabilities, diseases, or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service. The program also provides monthly payments to surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents in recognition of the economic loss caused by a Veteran’s death during military service or, after discharge from military service, as a result of a service-connected disability.

Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities

There are a number of specific VA websites that offer information on a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Service members, Veterans, their dependents and survivors.

VA Regulations on PTSD Claims

This VA regulation liberalizes the evidentiary standard for Veterans claiming service connection for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an additional tax-free benefit that can be paid to Veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses and parents. For Veterans, Special Monthly Compensation is a higher rate of compensation paid due to special circumstances such as the need of aid and attendance by another person or by specific disability, such as loss of use of one hand or leg. For spouses and surviving spouses, this benefit is commonly referred to as aid and attendance and is paid based on the need of aid and attendance by another person.

VA Post 9/11 GI Bill Page

The VA Post 9/11 GI Bill page explains the many benefits available to veterans under this legislation, including on-the-job training, non-degree college programs, and apprenticeships.

Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection

Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) provides automatic traumatic injury coverage to all Service members covered under the SGLI program. It provides short-term financial assistance to severely injured Service members and Veterans to assist them in their recovery from traumatic injuries. TSGLI is not only for combat injuries, but provides insurance coverage for injuries incurred on or off duty.

Iraq War Exposures

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (March 19, 2003 – Dec. 15, 2011) Veterans may have been exposed to a range of environmental and chemical hazards that carried potential health risks. VA offers eligible Veterans a free Gulf War Registry health exam for possible long-term health problems related to Gulf War service.

VA Insured Loans and Grants

The Veterans Administration provides VA Loans and Grants that can help you purchase a residence or lower your payments. VA also provides grants to adapt your home to meet the needs of a disabled veteran.

Dependents Education Benefits

Dependents Education Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain Veterans.

American Veterans and Servicemembers’ Survival Guide

The Veterans For America have published a free 605 page downloadable ebook to help Veterans. Title: the “American Veterans and Servicemembers’ Survival Guide.” The Guide has information for filing and persuing a VA claim.