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Qualify for Veterans Benefits Based on Your Military Service

Veterans benefits available to you vary based on the type of your military service, so it's important to understand the differences before you apply for any veterans benefits. As you'll see, military service [more…]

How to Qualify for Veterans Benefits

Each time Congress passes a new veterans benefit law, it establishes specific eligibility criteria for that benefit. For the purpose of benefits, being a veteran is not enough. Whether you qualify for [more…]

How to Prove Your Service Eligibility for Veterans Benefits

Before you can claim any veterans benefit, you must prove your service eligibility. Some veterans benefits require active duty service, while other veterans benefits are not as strict in their requirements [more…]

How Discharge Characterizations Affect Veterans Benefits

In order to apply for your veterans benefits, you must be able to prove your service eligibility and the nature of your discharge. The type of discharge you received when you left service may affect your [more…]

How to Change Your Discharge and Apply for Veterans Benefits

If you have a disqualifying discharge characterization and you're a veteran, does it mean you’re out of luck for receiving veterans benefits? Not necessarily. If you believe your discharge characterization [more…]

How to Prove Eligibility for Veterans Benefits

To qualify for a particular veterans benefit, you must prove your eligibility. Eligibility for veterans benefits typically depends on your length of service, where and when you served, and your discharge [more…]

Qualify for Veterans Benefits by Correcting in Your Military Record

If an error in your military record makes you ineligible for a veterans benefit, then fix the error and qualify for the veterans benefits you deserve. Perhaps DD Form 214 doesn’t include all of your active-duty [more…]

How to Appeal a Decision Regarding Veterans Benefits

If your claim for veterans benefits is denied, you can appeal the decision. You can appeal other decisions regarding your veterans benefits as well. An appeal is a request for the Board of Veterans Appeals [more…]

How to Manage a Lengthy Appeal for Veterans Benefits

If your claim for veterans benefits is denied, you can appeal the decision to the VA regional office and to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA), if needed. The appeals process can sometimes be lengthy, [more…]

Top Ten Tips for Military Travel for Veterans

Military travel is a top benefit for veterans. Many veterans and their family members can travel for free on military aircraft by using the space-available travel program [more…]

Top Ten Tips for Avoiding Problems with Veterans Benefits Claims

Getting the benefits due you as a veteran from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is often a frustrating experience. Claim your veteran benefits without the frustration by following these simple rules [more…]

Top Ten Places to Get Help with Veterans Benefits

Getting help with veterans benefits isn’t all that difficult, and it’s a wonder more veterans don’t do so. Veterans can get help with their benefits from all sorts of places, including the places listed [more…]

Top Ten Things to Know about Veterans Benefits

Veterans are often surprised at the number and types of benefits that are available. If you're just getting started in applying for veterans benefits, there are some basic things you should know. [more…]

Appealing the Appeal of Your Veterans Benefits Claim

If your claim for veterans benefits is denied, you can appeal to the VA regional office and even to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) if needed. If the Board of Veterans Appeals denies your appeal, you’re [more…]

What is Veterans Health Insurance (Tricare)?

Tricare is the military’s health insurance program, and it comes in four varieties: Tricare Prime, Tricare Extra, Tricare Standard, and Tricare for Life. Tricare, the military's health insurance plan, [more…]

What is Tricare Veterans Dental Care?

The Tricare Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is a voluntary dental insurance program available to eligible military and their families. Under the Tricare dental care program, you pay a monthly premium in [more…]

Applying for Veterans Disability Compensation, Pensions, and Other Aid

Veterans with disabilities or medical conditions that were caused or worsened by military service can receive compensation and other government aid. VA pensions are paid to disabled veterans under 65, [more…]

Veterans: Modify Your Home to Accommodate Your Disability

Veterans who've suffered a service-related disability can get help from the VA for modifying their homes. The VA has grant programs to assist disabled veterans with necessary home modifications: [more…]

What are Veterans Pensions?

A VA pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans, 65 or older, with limited or no income. Pensions are also paid to veterans under 65, who are permanently and totally disabled. [more…]

How the Veterans Health Care Package Works

As a veteran, you are entitled to receive health care under the VA's medical benefits package, as long as you meet the VA's eligibility requirements for the medical benefit you are seeking [more…]

How to Qualify for VA Health care

The Veterans Affairs (VA) medical benefits package provides health care to veterans who qualify. Veterans qualify for VA health care if they have a military discharge other than dishonorable, and meet [more…]

How to Enroll in VA Health Care

The Veterans Affairs (VA) medical benefits package provides health care to veterans who qualify. Veterans that qualify for VA health care should enroll in the priority group they fit into so they can receive [more…]

How to Enroll in Veterans Health Insurance (Tricare)

Tricare is a health insurance program available to veterans, and it comes in four varieties: Tricare Prime, Tricare Extra, Tricare Standard, and Tricare for Life. Tricare, the military's health insurance [more…]

How to Qualify for the VA Long-Term Care Program

The VA extended care (long-term care) program includes such services as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family homes, domiciliaries, adult day care facilities, and other programs. Depending [more…]

Veterans Survivor Benefit Program (SBP)

Survivors can receive an annuity after a veteran dies, under the Survivor Benefit Program (SBP). When a veteran dies, his retirement pay stops. However, if the veteran enrolled in the Survivor Benefit [more…]

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