The Veterans Administration just made things a little easier for our service members to get the help they need once they have left active duty and have begun transitioning into civilian life. Here is some info on their new Veterans Welcome Kit.
I find that too many veterans I talk with either don’t understand what benefits are available to them or are, surprisingly, reluctant to apply for earned and awarded benefits like Disability Compensation. Please do not think that anything the VA gives you is charity in any way shape or form. You have certainly earned everything that you qualify for and don’t ever doubt that!
Also, please don’t be afraid to ask for help. I work with the homeless here in Maryland and have been steering veterans who are down on their luck to the VA for years. The majority of men and women I have worked with have received at least some sort of benefits. To put it another way none of those vets are homeless any longer and all have health care coverage they didn’t know was available…. and some have been awarded VA Disability Compensation monthly payments that allows them to live a life they felt was out of reach.
If you are one of our veterans looking at getting out soon, or even if you have been out of the Service for years, this VA Welcome Kit is the first thing you need to have in hand to guide you through the VA benefits process.
Here are the download links so that you can print it out yourself:
And here are some other links to Veterans Services that you need to keep handy for both you and your spouse and children should these services be needed…
Apply for disability compensation and other benefits for conditions related to your military service.
Apply for VA health care, find out how to access services, and manage your health and benefits online.
Apply for and manage benefits that help you pay for college and training programs.
Find out if you qualify for a VA home loan. If you have a service-connected disability, find out if you qualify for a housing grant to help you live more independently.
Find out if you’re eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services, get support for your Veteran-owned small business, and access other resources to help build your career skills and find a job.
Explore VA life insurance options, manage your policy online, and file claims.
Apply for monthly pension benefits for wartime Veterans and survivors.
Get help planning a burial or memorial service, and find out how to get survivor and dependent benefits.
Don’t hesitate with this. Again, none of this is charity – each and every benefit is something you have already earned with your time in serving our nation. If you have questions my personal contact info is on the front page of the Blog. I will be glad to help in any way I can.