The Department of Veterans Affairs and other government agencies offer a substantial number of programs and services for veterans, their dependents and survivors. Beyond benefits, these programs and services can help you make the most of your post-military life.
Read below about VA disability pay, additional benefits by state and more VA services. You’ll find many more links to services and programs in each of these Military OneSource articles:
- The GI Bill® and education for veterans
- Employment services for veterans
- Homes and housing for veterans
- When veterans need help
- Life insurance options as a veteran
Veterans programs and benefits by state
In addition to federal benefits programs, states have their own benefits and programs. Programs and services range from veterans’ homes to tax credits, license plates to employment benefits. Connect with your state here.
VA disability compensation programs
VA disability compensation provides monthly benefits for veterans with disabilities, diseases or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service. Veterans Affairs disability pay is tax-free. Here are some of the programs available:
- Disability Compensation: Paid to veterans with disabilities from a disease or injury during active military service. The amount varies according to the degree of the veteran’s disability.
- Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Payable to a surviving spouse, child or parent of a service member who died in active duty or training or who died from service-connected disabilities.
- Special Monthly Compensation: An additional benefit 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.
- Claims Based on Special Circumstances: Other types of disability compensation such as individual unemployability, automobile allowance, clothing allowance, hospitalization or dental.
Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents may also receive compensation in recognition of the economic loss caused by a veteran’s death during service or as the result of a veteran’s disability.
Additional VA services
- Beneficiary Financial Counseling: Free, professional financial advice and customized financial plans for beneficiaries.
- Tuition Assistance. Still an active service member and your tuition amounts to more than what’s covered by the Tuition Assistance program? You may be eligible for additional assistance. The VA has a program.
- Career Center: Offers veterans tools to translate their military skills into careers in the public and private sectors, search for jobs, identify professional strengths, and create and post resumes.
- Educational and Vocational Counseling: VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service provides educational-vocational counseling for veterans and certain dependents.
- Fiduciary Program: A program to protect veterans and other beneficiaries who are unable to manage their financial affairs. The fiduciary is responsible to the beneficiary and oversees financial management of VA benefit payments.
- Independent Living: A program to make sure eligible veterans can, to the maximum extent, live independently and participate in family and community life, increasing their potential to return to work.
- Mortgage Delinquency Assistance: VA’s Loan Guaranty Service has Loan Technicians and a special servicing center to intercede with the mortgage provider to explore all options to avoid foreclosure. Veterans with VA-guaranteed home loans can call 877- 827-3702 to reach Loan Specialists.
- Veterans Economic Communities Initiative: This program brings together community partners to coordinate and integrate veterans’ services at the local level, providing training opportunities to help veterans and their families develop professional skills.
- VetSuccess on Campus: A program that aims to help veterans succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling.
Additional government resources for veterans and military families.
- The Department of Health and Human Services offers links to services supporting veterans and military families in the areas of jobs, health, substance abuse and mental health, rural health, and children and families.
- Office of Warrior Care Policy. The mission of this Department of Defense office is to proactively support wounded, ill, and injured service members in their recovery and reintegration or transition to civilian life.
- The Department of Labor’s site has comprehensive help for veterans seeking employment.
- Feds Hire Vets. The federal government-wide veterans’ employment website is intended to be your single site for federal employment information for veterans, transitioning military service members, their families, and federal hiring officials.
- USAJobs. The federal government’s employment-related website provides helpful links for veterans seeking federal jobs. As the largest federal employer of veterans, the Department of Defense also offers help with connecting veterans with a DOD civil service job.
There are also many veteran organizations and private nonprofits with resources for veterans and their families. The Department of Defense provides a page of nonprofits and community organizations focused on veteran support.
The military community has a long history of supporting each other, and our country has many resources for veterans and their families. Don’t hesitate to reach out for the services you need.