Every year, we celebrate Veteran’s Day to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve our country. A veteran is defined as a “member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” Veterans are the reason for our freedom and safety. In return for their service, the government provides these men and women with benefits once they return to civilian life.
Veterans of the United States Military may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA provides benefits such as health care; compensation and pensions; education and training; housing; vocational rehabilitation and employment; and burial and memorial services.
Eligibility is determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and depends on the individual’s case and service record. However, to even be considered for benefits, the veteran must have served 24 months of continuous active duty. There are some exceptions, including disease or injury while on active service.
When applying for benefits, the veteran needs to provide certain documents, including:
If the veteran does not provide the required documentation or other evidence, or the submitted documentation does not meet the requirements, the VA will verify the veteran’s military service directly with the appropriate military branch.
Veterans may apply for VA health care benefits at any time. If you are a veteran seeking heath care coverage, you can apply here , call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visit your local VA health care facility.
Yes, but it depends – Medicare and the VA Medical Benefits Package are separate programs.
California Department of Veterans Affairs
Veteran Services / Benefits
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
I am a Veteran
Veterans Support Foundation
Housing for Homeless Veterans
Veterans Crisis Hotline
I am a Veteran
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I am Family/Friend
Department of Veterans Affairs. (2014). Healthcare. Retrieved from http://www.va.gov/health/
Moulta-Ali, U. (2014). “Who is a Veteran?” – Basic Eligibility for Veterans’ Benefits. Congressional Research Service. Retrieved from http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42324.pdf
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