Veterans Programs, Services and Resources

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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:

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.

Help for Veterans

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Life in the military has taught you to be strong in the face of some of life’s most difficult obstacles. It’s also taught you to expect the unexpected.

As a veteran, you know hardships can happen in every corner of life. If you or someone you know needs support, your military family is committed to helping. Assistance is at hand.

Non-medical counseling for veterans

When life throws you a curveball, you might need to talk to someone who gets it. Veterans have several options for confidential non-medical counseling.

  • To receive non-medical counseling from Military OneSource as a veteran, you must be within 365 days of separation from the military.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers the Vet Center Program that provides quality readjustment counseling. If you have served in any combat zone, you and your family are eligible. Vet Centers can be found all across the U.S.

Risk factors and treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

People who live through a traumatic event sometimes suffer its effects long after the danger has passed. Several factors play a role in developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, so there is no way to know who will or won’t experience it. The good news is treatment is available, and early treatment may help reduce long-term symptoms.

Alcohol and substance abuse programs

  • While anyone can be at risk of alcohol and substance abuse, there are several aspects of military life that can trigger it. Understand the signs of a substance abuse problem.
  • If you find yourself repeatedly engaging in activities that have a negative impact on your life, you might be engaging in addictive behavior. Learn more about the signs.
    • You can also find support through Alcoholics Anonymous and other similar programs. To find a program near you, call SAHMSA’s National Helpline at 800-662-4357 or find treament centers online.
    • The VA provides effective treatment services for all eligible veterans. Options include therapy as well as medications in some cases. To get help, speak with your existing VA healthcare provider or call 800-827-1000.

Housing assistance and help for homeless veterans

  • Delinquency and assistance for housing loans
  • Veteran homelessness
    • The VA, in collaboration with other government offices and partners, offers programs such as Supportive Housing, Homeless Provider Grants, Enhanced-Used Lease and Acquired Property Sales for Homeless Providers.
    • Explore va.gov/homeless to learn more about the fight against veteran homelessness.

Help for suicide prevention

If you’re having suicidal thoughts or you’re concerned about a loved one, don’t hesitate. Have a confidential talk with a professional who knows how to help.

  • The Veterans Crisis Line is always open. Call for help or chat online 24/7 at no cost. Speak to qualified Veteran Affairs responders who understand the challenges of military life. They know — many are veterans themselves. Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered nearly 2.4 million callers and engaged in nearly 294,000 chats.
  • The Defense Suicide Prevention Office is committed to developing suicide prevention efforts among all stakeholders in the military services. From best practices to resources for family and friends, help is available.

Every veteran is valuable and deserves our support. As a military family, we’re committed to supporting veterans’ strength and resilience. Don’t hesitate to reach out and get the care you need.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit

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About the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit

Beginning November 11, 2017, Exchange Services will be able to serve honorably discharged veterans with a lifelong online exchange benefit.

Q1: What is the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit?
A1: The Department of Defense is expanding online exchange shopping privileges to include all honorably discharged veterans.

Q2: Are there any exclusions to veterans’ purchases?
A2: Yes, veterans’ online shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol and tobacco products.

Q3: When can veterans begin using this new benefit?
A3: The exchanges are planning on launching the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit on November 11, 2017 — Veterans Day.

Q4: What exchanges can a veteran shop?
A4: Authorized veterans can shop: shopmyexchange.com, mynavyexchange.com and ShopCGX.com.

Q5: Will customers be able to shop online in any exchange or will it be limited to their parent service?
A5: Veterans can shop across all online exchange offerings.

Q6: How will veterans be verified to enter the exchange’s websites?
A6: Veterans will need to complete an on-line verification to be authorized for the benefit. The Exchanges will compare the information with a database of eligible customers.

Q7: What if a veteran can’t be verified, but believes that he/she is eligible?
A7: If you can’t be verified by the exchange website, and you believe you’re eligible, then you will be provided information on how you can update your records with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Individuals can validate if they are in DMDC’s database by visiting the DMDC web page.

Q8: Is this benefit available to veterans’ families?
A8: The online shopping benefit only allows authorized veterans to shop online. The benefit does not include family members.

Q9: Will there be any cost or fee for veterans to use this service?
A9: No, there will be no additional expenses for authorized veterans.

Q10: How will a veteran access the online shopping sites?
A10: Veterans will be directed to a Veterans Online Shopping Benefit landing page, which will offer them access to each of the exchange websites. The landing page will also include information on eligibility for the benefit and how to update records with the VA if they need it.

Q11: Will new benefit affect retirees or veterans who have been classified 100 percent disabled?
A11: No, these veterans will retain their same in-store and online benefits as they have today.

Q12: How does this benefit affect members of the reserve force?
A12: This benefit allows all honorably discharged veterans access to shop their military exchanges online.

Q13: What about customer service for veterans. How will that be provided?
A13: Just like many other retailers, the exchanges provide customer service functions through their websites, via email or chat and by phone.