Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Federal Department of Veterans Affairs

This may seem obvious, but, if you're dealing with a veteran, or a veteran's familymember (e.g. surviving spouse) a good first place to look is the website of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov/. For a quick introduction, with links, see: http://www1.va.gov/opa/Is1/index.asp
"Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). These benefits are legislated in Title 38 of the United States Code.
Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Generally, men and women veterans with similar service may be entitled to the same VA benefits.

There's a lot more, and it's worth digging through. Some items of note:
In addition, most or all states, and some counties, also have Departments of Veterans Affairs, with programs aimed at the particular needs of the local community.

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