Monthly Archives: November 2016

Veterans & Benefits

What is a Veteran…? We hear all the time that people say that they served but are not veterans. A Veteran is “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.”
But whether or not one is considered a “veteran” by the federal government depends entirely upon which veteran program or benefit one is applying for. Since there are many different kind of benefits that a “Veteran” might qualify for it is important for any Veteran to apply for benefits. That way you will know what your actual benefits are and can use them if you want. Some of the benefits might include Disability Compensation which is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service, Military Funeral Honors, Government headstone or marker, Burial Allowances, Burial in a VA National Cemetery, Survivors Pension benefit, which may also be referred to as Death Pension (DIC), VA Medical Care (if needed), and Aid and Attendance care are just a few of the benefits that are our there for Veterans.
If you qualify for any of these, it is best to apply as soon as possible so you can receive your full entitlement.
There are many ways to apply for your benefits or just get into the VA system so if anything changes, you can update the records. The easiest way is to use either the local Veteran Services Office, there is one in each county, and they are tasked to represent veterans and their dependents by filing all claims to which they may be entitled to by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Another way is to use a Veteran Service group such as the DAV, VFW, etc they have service officer to assist you with the process. We know that some Veterans do not want to apply for anything, but their spouses might be eligible for or need benefits when they pass away and if they are not in the system, the spouse will have to do the process and they might not know they have any benefits.