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.
Transferring GI Bill credits: Credits that are unused from the GI Bill can be transferred to spouses or dependents.
Free tax preparation: Veterans have access to free tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offices located on military bases.
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.
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:
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:
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.