According to a recent article in Forbes.com shockingly, only 5 percent of VA assistance funds are even applied for because people simply do not know about the program. Below is an excerpt from the booklet Understanding Veteran’s Benefits – A Resource For Seniors published by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. A full copy of the booklet is available for download from our home page.
The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs states their mission as:
To provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned – and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability and stewardship.
Veterans by the Numbers:
- The total veteran population exceeds 23,816,018 with almost 40 percent of those over the age of 65.
- 36 percent of veterans receive VA benefits and services.
- Of that group, 32 percent received service from more than one VA program and 68 percent received one service.
VA Benefits Overview
Veterans have access to a variety of benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offices. The Veterans’s Benefits Timetable provides information from the VA office about the benefits that veterans may apply for and the time limit for each one. A veteran can also contact the regional office in his or her area which can be located on the www.va.gov website. There are 57 regional offices in the United States.
The VA benefit system provides access for veterans to obtain these benefits and services:
- disability pensions (including Aid and Attendance pension)
- life insurance
- geriatric and long-term care
- home loans
- vocational rehabilitation and employment
- education and training
- reemployment and unemployment
- medical care and long-term care (primarily for service connected vets)
The VA health care system has 798 VA community-based outpatient clinics and 152 VA hospitals in the United States. Go to www.va.gov to locate these clinics and hospitals.
Enrolling in VA Benefits
Online information: www.va.gov, for enrollment assistance by phone call:
1-800-829-4833 (Hearing impaired TDD line)
VA Benefits for Survivors
For more information on this please see the VA’s website: www.vba.va.gov/VBA/benefits/factsheets/survivors/VAP21-03-1.pdf.