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Veterans Benefits For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-48039-7
384 pages
February 2009
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Introduction 1

Part I: Benefitting From Benefits 7

Chapter 1: The Wonderful World of Veterans Benefits 9

Chapter 2: Determining Veteran Status and Qualifying for Benefits 17

Chapter 3: Navigating Your Way through the Red Tape of Claims and Appeals 35

Part II: A Healthy Look at Medical Care and Compensation Programs 55

Chapter 4: Veterans Affairs Healthcare 57

Chapter 5: Tricare: The Military’s Health Insurance 79

Chapter 6: Disability Compensation and Pensions 93

Chapter 7: Getting Your Military Retirement Pay 115

Chapter 8: Carrying On: Payments and Benefits for Survivors 129

Chapter 9: Burial and Memorial Benefits 149

Part III: Understanding Education and Employment Programs 169

Chapter 10: Advancing Your Education through the GI Bill 171

Chapter 11: Aid and Vocational Training for Disabled and Homeless Veterans 195

Chapter 12: Veterans’ Job Preference & Small Business Loans 211

Part IV: Home Is Where the Hear t Is — Except When You’re Traveling! 225

Chapter 13: Financing Your Dream House: VA Home Loan Guarantees 227

Chapter 14: There’s No Place Like (A Military Retirement) Home 237

Chapter 15: Shopping Until You Drop 251

Chapter 16: Things to Do, Places to See: Travel Benefits 265

Part V: The Part of Tens 287

Chapter 17: Ten Places to Get Help with Veterans Benefits 289

Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Avoiding Problems with Your VA Benefit Claims 295

Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Traveling via the Military 299

Part VI: Appendixes 303

Index 357

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