This Veteran’s Day, we take a moment to honor those who have served our Country and who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy. Here is a reminder to those people and their families of some of the benefits (some well known and some lesser known) available to those who have bravely served our Nation.
1. Most people are aware of service connected disability compensation. If you have a injury or disease that you can prove arose from or during your military service, you will be eligible for disability compensation through the Veteran’s Administration. The amount of money you receive monthly depends on the severity of your impairment.
2. Another benefit that many Veterans do not take advantage of is the VA Service Pension. It is a financially need based benefit. If you are: over 65; housebound; unable to take care of yourself; or have a disability impairment rating of 100%; this could prove to be an invaluable benefit.
3. There are also dependency and indemnity compensation benefits available to surviving dependents of the Veteran. If a Veteran died in active duty or was receiving 100% disability compensation at the time they died, qualified survivors are able to apply for this benefit.
4. Death Pension benefits is another financially need based benefits for surviving dependents.
5. Widows Benefits. If your spouse was getting Pension benefits before he or she passed away, the surviving spouse can reapply for their own widow’s pension benefits.
6. Also available are:
- Vocational Rehab and Employment assistance
- Education and Training
- Home loan assistance
- Life Insurance
- State Nursing Homes for Veterans
- Burial Benefits
- Service Commission
Please visit the VA website at http://www.va.gov/ for additional information. You may also learn more by visiting our website at www.socialsecurityjustice.com or contact one of the Bailey & Galyen offices for additional information.