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Federal Benefits for Veterans Dependents & Survivors

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides eligible Veterans of the U.S. armed forces with a broad range of programs and services.

VA operates the nation’s largest health care system with over 1,400 sites of care, including hospitals, clinics, community living centers, readjustment counseling centers, and various other facilities.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Persons who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.  Reservists and National Guard members who were called to active duty may also qualify.

WHAT SERVICES ARE COVERED UNDER VA HEALTH CARE BENEFITS?

· Co-pays
· Readjustment counseling
· Prosthetics and sensory aids
· Gulf war registry
· Certain dental care
· Home alterations for disabilities
· Mental health/suicide prevention
· Work restoration
· Nursing home care
· Etc.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR VA HEALTH CARE BENEFITS?

To enroll, call 1-877-222-VETS or visit www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/.  Once enrolled, you can receive health care anywhere in the country.

WHAT IF I HAVE A SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY?

A service-connected disability is a disability that is incurred or aggravated during service.  Some disabilities and diseases are presumed to be related to service, such as those caused by exposure to radiation and agent orange. 

If eligible, compensation for disabilities is paid to you monthly, free of federal or state tax.  The amount varies with the degree of the disability and number of dependents you have.  Visit www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/.

Programs include: vocational rehabilitation & employment, housing grants, automobile allowances, clothing allowances, and aid/attendance for housebound veterans.

WHAT ELSE CAN VA HELP ME WITH?

Pensions: Veterans with low incomes who are permanently or totally disabled, or age 65 and older, may be eligible for monetary support if they performed 90 days of active service during wartime. Visit www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/index.htm.  

Education & Training: The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides for a percentage of tuition, fees, books, and supply costs, as well as a housing allowance, for eligible veterans. The Montgomery GI Bill assists those who have high school diplomas/equivalency certificates, or who have completed 12 hours toward a college degree.  Visit www.gibill.va.gov/.

Home Loan Guaranties: These are issued to help eligible servicemembers, veterans, reservists, and unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes, condos, manufactured homes, and also to refinance loans. Visit www.homeloans.va.gov/.

VA Life Insurance: For details on government life insurance and information about Service-members’ Group Life Insurance, Veterans Group Life Insurance, Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection, or Life Insurance Family Coverage, visit www.insurance.va.gov/ or call 1-800-669-8477. 

Burial & Memorial Benefits: Veterans and servicemembers who died during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, as well as spouses and dependent children, are eligible.  Burial includes gravesite, grave-liner, opening and closing of the grave, and a headstone/marker. VA will pay a burial allowance up to $2,000 if the death is service-connected.

Homeless Veteran Assistance: Several programs provide supportive services for homeless veterans and their families. Visit www.va.gov/homeless/.

Transition Assistance: The National Resource Directory is a good tool for ill and injured service members, vets, and their families. It provides access to services for recovery, rehabilitation, and community integration. Visit ww.nationalresourcedirectory.gov. Also visit www.veteranprograms.com/id103.html.

Dependents & Survivors: Certain dependents and survivors can receive reimbursement for most medical expenses under the Civilian

Health & Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit www.va.gov/hac/-forbeneficiaries/champva/champva.asp.

Death gratuity payments in the amount of $100,000 are available to the next of kin of service members who die while on active duty or within 120 days of separation as a result of service-connected injury or illness. If eligible, VA also provides pensions to low-income surviving spouses and children of deceased veterans with wartime service. Educational assistance for spouses and children is also available.

Children of Vietnam or Korean veterans born with certain birth defects may be eligible for a monthly monetary allowance.

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North Dakota: The VA Medical Center and Regional Office is located at 2101 Elm Street in Fargo. Call 1-800-827-1000.

· Veteran Centers are located in: Bismarck (1684 Capital Way), Fargo (3310 Fiechtner Dr., Suite 100), and Minot (1400 20th Ave SW, Suite 2). 

· VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics are located in Bismarck, Dickinson, Grafton, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot, and Williston.

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For more VA information, visit www.va.gov/.


DISCLAIMER: This information is not legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should talk to a lawyer and ask for advice about your options.

October 2010

Published in conjunction with the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs and Title 38 U.S.C.