- Disability Compensation: We can pay you monthly compensation if you are at least 10% disabled as a result of your military service.
- Disability Pension: We can pay you a pension if you are a wartime veteran with limited income and you are no longer able to work, have reached the age 65, or are a resident in a nursing home.
Dependents & Survivors' Benefits
Disability and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is payable to survivors of:
- Service members who died on active duty.
- Veterans who died from service-related disabilities.
- Certain veterans who were being paid 100% VA disability compensation at time of death.
- Death Pension: Payable to some surviving spouses and children of deceased wartime veterans. The benefit is based on financial needs.
- VA Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA): Shares the cost of medical services for eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans.
Education & Training
- Montgomery GI Bill: Persons who first entered active duty after June 30, 1985, are generally eligible. Some Vietnam Era veterans and certain veterans separated under special programs are also eligible. The bill also includes a program for certain reservists and National Guard members.
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP): is for veterans who entered active duty for the first time after December 31, 1976, and before July 1, 1985, and contributed to a training fund.
- Survivors and Dependents': Available to some family members of disabled or deceased veterans.
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
We help veterans with service-connected disabilities by offering them services and assistance to help them prepare for, find and keep suitable employment. For veterans with serious service-connected disabilities, VA also offers service to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
Some of the services include:
- Job Search: Assistance in finding and maintaining suitable employment.
- Vocational Evaluation: An evaluation of abilities, skills, interests, and needs
- Career Exploration: Vocational counseling and planning
- Vocational Training: If needed, training such as on-the-job and non-paid work experience.
- Educational Training: If needed, educational training to accomplish the rehabilitation goal.
- Medical and Dental Treatment: If needed, to complete your program.
- Hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy and prosthetic services.
- Domiciliary, nursing home, and community-based residential care.
- Sexual trauma counseling.
- Specialized health care for women veterans.
- Health and rehabilitation programs for homeless veterans.
- Readjustment Counseling.
- Alcohol and drug dependency treatment.
- Medical evaluation from military service exposure, including Gulf War, Agent Orange, radiation, or other environmental hazards
VA guarantees loans to eligible service members, veterans, reservists, and certain surviving, spouses to purchase homes, condominiums, and manufactured homes and for refinancing purposes. The loans are actually made by private lenders, but the VA guaranty generally means the lender will not require any down payment.
- Headstone and Markers: We can furnish a monument to mark the grave of an eligible veteran.
- Presidential Memorial Certificates (PMC) We can provide a PMC for eligible recipients.
- Burial Flag: We can provide an American flag to drape an eligible veteran's casket.
- Reimbursement for Burial Expenses: Generally, we can pay a burial allowance of $2,000 for veterans who died of service-related causes. For certain other veterans, we can pay $300 for burial and funeral expenses and $300 for a plot.
- Burial in a VA National Cemetery: Most veterans and sonic dependents can be buried in a VA national cemetery.
- Service members Group Life Insurance (SGLI): Low-cost term life insurance for service members and reservists. It is available in $10,000 increments up to a maximum of $250,000. SGL1 coverage begins when you enter service and expires 120 days after you get out of the service.
- Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI): Renewable 5-year term life insurance for veterans. It is available in amounts up to $250,000. You must apply within 1 year from the date your SGLI expires.
- Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance: Also called "RH" insurance, is life insurance for service-disabled veterans. The basic coverage is $10,000. If your premium payments for the basic policy are waived, you may be eligible for a supplemental policy of up to $20,000. Generally, you have 2 years after being notified of your service-connected disability to apply for basic coverage.
Eligibility Requirements & Time Limits
Each benefit has its own eligibility requirements and time limits.