68 Benefits You Need to Know

There are 68+ disabled veteran benefits that you are eligible for including medical benefits, travel discounts, and educational benefits:
  1. Burial at sea
  2. Burial flag
  3. Burial in Arlington National Cemetery (if awarded Purple Heart, or Silver Star and above)
  4. Burial in a VA National Cemetery
  5. Commissary privileges (if 100% disabled)
  6. Confidential counseling and support
  7. Discounts
  8. Exchange privileges (if 100% disabled)
  9. Federal hiring preference
  10. Inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery
  11. Military ID card (if 100% disabled)
  12. Presidential Memorial Certificate
  13. Readjustment counseling
  14. State-specific benefits
  15. VA burial allowance
  16. VA disability compensation
  17. VA education benefits
  18. VA headstone or marker
  19. VA home loan
  20. VA medical benefits
  21. VA pension
  22. 10-point veteran preference in federal hiring
  23. Aid and Attendance benefit for disabled veterans
  24. CHAMPVA medical insurance (if unemployable disability condition is permanent)
  25. Children of Veterans Tuition Grant
  26. Concurrent receipt of military retired pay
  27. Dental care (if unemployable or 100% service-connected)
  28. Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Program
  29. Direct hire authority
  30. Disabled Transition Assistance Program
  31. Disabled veterans property tax exemptions
  32. Disabled Veteran Student Loan Forgiveness Program
  33. EF Legion job search, job placement, and ongoing leadership training for disabled veterans
  34. Free tax preparation and filing for disabled veterans
  35. Life insurance for disabled veterans and survivors
  36. Mortgage protection insurance
  37. National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
  38. No-cost health care and prescription medications
  39. Post-traumatic stress disorder care
  40. Property tax waiver
  41. Rehabilitation and employment services
  42. Returning Service Member Program
  43. Service-disabled veterans insurance
  44. Space-A travel for disabled veterans
  45. Special restorative training
  46. Specially adapted housing grant
  47. Temporary residence adaptation
  48. Travel allowance for scheduled appointments for care at a VA medical facility or VA authorized health care facility
  49. TSGLI group life insurance traumatic injury protection
  50. Folds of Honor educational scholarships for dependents of disabled veterans (up to $5,000 per year)
  51. Use of commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) retail facilities, in-person and online
  52. VA disability compensation pay
  53. VA special monthly compensation benefits
  54. Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP)
  55. Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) Program to help veterans find and keep suitable jobs
  56. Additional compensation for eligible dependents
  57. VA TDIU or “Total Disability Individual Unemployability” benefits
  58. Vehicle registration
  59. Waiver of VA funding fee for home loan

Benefits You May Not Know About

Many veterans know about their basic health and educational benefits. However, there are some other benefits you may not be aware of, including:
  1. Long-term care: Many veterans are eligible for long-term care through the Aid and Assistance program.
  2. Caregiver support: There is a caregiver support program for those who are caring for an ailing veteran at home.
  3. Death benefits: A veteran is entitled to unique benefits when they die, including a U.S. flag for draping over the casket, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and a free headstone or grave marker.
  4. Non-college degree programs/certificates: The GI Bill can pay for training certification and vocational training programs. Additionally, non-college degree programs are available through the VET TEC program, and there are also free IT certifications.
  5. Transferring GI Bill credits: Credits that are unused from the GI Bill can be transferred to spouses or dependents.
  6. Free tax preparation: Veterans have access to free tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offices located on military bases.
  7. Life insurance: Veterans may be eligible to receive up to $400,000 in life insurance through the Servicemembers’ and Veterans’ Group Life Insurance program.
  8. Mortgage assistance: If a veteran is having a hard time making mortgage payments, they may be eligible for repayment assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  9. VA foreclosures: Veterans have the ability to search a list of foreclosures acquired by the VA and purchase those homes at a discount.

About VA Disability Compensation

VA disability compensation is a tax-free, monthly monetary benefit that veterans receive because of a disability that stems from their time in service. It’s intended to compensate the veteran for loss of civilian employability and loss of quality of life. The degrees of disability are intended to compensate the veteran for a considerable loss of time working. Increases in the disability rates are determined by Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA). Visit VA.gov to learn:
  • Qualifying conditions
  • How the claims process works
  • Where to file claims
  • How to appeal decisions

How Disability Ratings and VA Disability Compensation Work

Any veteran who is injured, gets sick, or develops a medical condition during their time in service may be eligible for VA disability compensation. In order to be considered for VA disability benefits, the veteran is responsible for applying for them. Veterans who are applying for compensation benefits could also be eligible for VA health care benefits as well as a Veteran’s Health Identification Card. Based on your disability rating, you may be eligible for more benefits than normal. For example, you may be entitled to additional benefits from the VA and the DoD if you qualify for a 100% disability rating .

What to Do When Applying for VA Compensation for Conditions Acquired During Service

The best time to apply for your VA disability benefits is before your final out-processing appointment. To apply, service members need to bring copies of their discharge paperwork, medical records, documentation supporting the medical claim, and VA Form 21-526.

Disability Ratings Are Subject to Review and Not Always Permanent

The Department of Veterans Affairs has the right to change the screening requirements, disability rating schedules, or even re-evaluate the veteran to see whether their condition worsens or improves over time. Veterans may be instructed to participate in a re-examination of their disability claim, and they may want to if they feel their condition has worsened or is not improving.

VA Disability Benefits by Rating

Use these links to learn about disability benefits based on their ratings:

Ways to Increase Your VA Disabled Vet Benefits

Here are some tips you can use to increase your benefits:

Getting Help with Filing and Tracking Claims

Many agencies are authorized to help you file your claim for VA disability benefits, including:
  • AMVETS
  • American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • DAV
You can find a full list of veterans service organizations on the official VA site.

VA Pensions for Low-Income Veterans and Survivors

If you are a low-income wartime veteran or their survivor, you may qualify for a tax-free pension. These payments are made based on financial need.

Disabled Veteran Housing Assistance

Some veterans, such as those with aging-related disabilities or certain service-connected disabilities, can qualify for housing assistance. You can apply for a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) or Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant to:
  • Widen doors or install ramps
  • Build an adapted home
  • Make modifications to your home to allow you to live independently

Vehicle Modifications and Training

Eligible veterans may be eligible for assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs in modifying their vehicles.

Social Security Disability Benefits for Veterans

Social Security Administration (SSA) and VA disability benefits are separate and different, and it’s not uncommon for veterans to receive both Social Security and VA disability compensation at the same time.

Benefit Brochures

Here are some brochures that better explain your VA benefits: At Nashville Film Institute, we help our veterans build careers in the film industry. Your GI Bill benefits can cover both your tuition and your living expenses. Learn more about how you can use your GI Bill for tuition and fees.

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