Veterans' Medical Care, Compensation, & Survivor Benefits

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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…]

Military Servicemembers Life Insurance Programs

Life insurance programs are valuable benefits offered to qualified military servicemembers and veterans. Current members of the military can choose from several life insurance programs [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…]

Is a Veteran's Military Retirement Pay Taxable?

Yes, a veteran's military retirement pay is subject to federal income tax. The amount of federal tax deducted from a veteran's retirement pay each month is based on the number of exemptions indicated on [more…]

Education Benefits for Survivors and Dependents of Veterans

Survivors’ & Dependents’ Educational Assistance is an education benefit for eligible spouses and children of certain veterans. Spouses and children can receive education benefits even if the veteran is [more…]

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for a Veteran’s Survivors

Dependency Indemnity Compensation, or DIC, is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of deceased veterans — a spouse, unmarried child, and in some cases, parent. For survivors to qualify for Dependency [more…]

Receiving a Veterans Death Pension

The VA will pay a veterans death pension to a spouse who has not remarried or to an unmarried child of a deceased wartime veteran. A veterans death pension is a needs-based benefit and is payable only [more…]

Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) is a life insurance program for a veteran's survivors. Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance is designed to pay off the home mortgage of a severely disabled veteran [more…]

Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI)

Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI) is life insurance designed specifically for veterans with service-connected disabilities. S-DVI is available as term, modified, or ordinary life insurance and [more…]

Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) is life insurance offered exclusively to veterans. Post –separation, a veteran can convert his SGLI coverage to renewable term insurance. You can convert your SGLI [more…]

Which Veterans are Eligible for Military Burial?

Most, but not all, veterans are eligible for veterans burial and memorial benefits. As a veteran, military and even private burial expenses may be covered. Burial at Arlington may even be permitted under [more…]

Veteran Funeral Benefits: What Expenses are Covered?

The VA or the state will pay some of the expenses incurred in the burial of our country's veterans. Not every veterans funeral expense is covered, although most of the normal expenses you might incur will [more…]

What Military Funeral Honors are Provided for Veterans?

Military funeral honors for veterans are provided by the Department of Defense. Military services have a long tradition of providing funeral honors for fallen veterans of their branches. However, during [more…]

Arrange Military Funerals for Veterans

A veteran can receive a military funeral in a military or private cemetery. The choice affects how arrangements are made for that veteran’s military funeral. Here are your choices for a military veterans [more…]


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