Helpful Information on Filing a Veterans
Claim for, compensation, benifits and Pension.
Learn more about VA's claims process. Disability compensation is a tax free monetary benefit paid to Veterans with disabilities that are the result of a disease or injury incurred or aggravated during active military service. To apply for benefits online.
Supplemental Income for Wartime Veterans
VA helps Veterans and their families cope with financial challenges by providing supplemental income through the Veterans Pension benefit. Veterans Pension is a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans.
Generally, a Veteran must have at least 90 days of active duty service, with at least one day during a wartime period to qualify for a VA Pension. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served at least 24 months or the full period for which you were called or ordered to active duty (with some exceptions), with at least one day during a wartime period.
VA has special services available to help women who experienced military sexual trauma (MST), including free, confidential counseling and treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST.
You do not need to have a service-connected disability or injury, and may be able to receive this benefit even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incidents when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred in order to receive MST services.
You can apply for disability compensation by completing VA Form 21-526, Veteran’s Application for Compensation. You may also apply online at www.ebenefits.va.gov. MST specialists Men and Women Veterans Coordinators are available at every VA Regional Office
A July 2010 VA rule(link is external) makes it easier to receive those benefits if you have PTSD as a result of events or circumstances in military service. The new rule allows your own testimony to establish
PTSD related to military service when:
the PTSD is related to your "fear of hostile military or terrorist activity", and
A VA psychiatrist or psychologist finds that your symptoms are related to PTSD from your military service, and
The claimed cause of PTSD is consistent with the places, types, and circumstances of your military service.
The event or circumstance which created the PTSD can include situations in which you or others (including civilians) were threatened with or suffered serious injury, death, or "a threat to physical integrity." It is not limited to situations caused by a foreign enemy.
AboutFace is a website dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, Veterans can learn about PTSD, explore treatment options and, most importantly, hear real stories from other Veterans and their family members and get advice from clinicians who have treated thousands of cases of PTSD.
There are three sections to the site: Veterans, Clinicians andFamilies. Each section has a series of statements on the left and pictures of people on the right. Click on a person to watch what they have to say. If you like what you see, there’s an option to watch more of that individual. Or you can go back and watch another person on the same topic.
Whether you left the military decades ago or just recently transitioned to civilian life, Veterans share a common bond of duty, honor, and service. Some military Veterans served in combat overseas. Others responded to events or disasters within or outside the United States. Many Veterans served their country by reporting to a military base for work every day.
No matter when, where, or how you served, and what you’ve experienced in civilian life, you may be dealing with issues that affect your well-being or get in the way of your relationships, work, or daily activities. Every day, Veterans connect with resources and support to manage the issues they may be facing and find solutions for improving their lives.
Go to Interactive Form Packet:Interactive Form - VA - Letter Requesting Overpayment Waiver
If you have received a notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) telling you that you owe them money because the VA overpaid your veteran’s benefits then it is very important that you deal with the situation and respond to the VA.
You officially have 180 days to request a waiver from the date of the first overpayment notice. However, you should file your waiver request as soon as possible – you should file your waiver request no later than 30 days from the date on the notice.
If you file before the 30 day deadline then the VA must continue to pay your full monthly benefits while they are processing your waiver request. Processing your request could take several months. However, if you file your waiver request after the 30 day deadline (but before the 180 day deadline) then the VA will still process your waiver request, but they will begin to withhold money from your monthly benefits (or the entire payment) for the overpayments.
IThe Veterans Benefits Administration offers a variety of benefits and services to spouses, children, and parents of Servicemembers and Veterans who are deceased or totally and permanently disabled by a service-connected disability
Civil Service Preference
Commisary & Exchange Privaliges
Veterans can sometimes run into issues with law enforcement and the criminal justice system resulting in incarceration. It is important justice-involved Veterans are familiar with VA benefits including what VA benefits they may still eligible to receive, what happens to the VA benefits they are already receiving if they become incarcerated, and what programs are available to assist them with reintegrating back into the community once released from incarceration.