Veterans' Benefits Eligibility, Claims, & Appeals

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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 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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

Military Medical Retirement versus VA Disability

Military medical retirement is intended to compensate for a military career cut short because of disability. Typically, a medical retirement is issued when a medical condition is severe enough to interfere [more…]

Divorce and Its Effects on Military Retirement Pay

Should military pay be considered community property when there is a divorce, and divided between the retiree and his/her spouse? In 1981, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that military retirement pay couldn’t [more…]

Veterans Eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitiation & Employment (Chapter 31)

The VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program helps veterans who have service-connected disabilities get and keep a job. The VR&E Program [more…]

Get Veterans VR&E Benefits beyond Education and Training

The VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program helps veterans who have service-connected disabilities get and keep a job. The VR&E Program [more…]

How to Qualify as a Veteran to Shop at an Exchange

Not all veterans are authorized to shop in exchanges on military bases base-exchanges, post exchanges, commissaries, and the like. Qualified veterans can shop in any of the four exchange systems, regardless [more…]

How Veterans Can Apply for GI Bill Benefits

Applying for benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Active Duty Montgomery GI Bill (ADMGIB), and the Selected Reserve GI Bill (SRMGIB) is rather easy, considering these programs are administered by the [more…]

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