Veterans benefits

Consumer Watch: Ten Veteran Benefits You Should Know About

On this 4th of July, it is important to know what we can do to help our veterans. Many of them are familiar with the basic health care and education benefits available to them through the Department of Veterans Affairs: Tricare and the GI Bill. While these benefits alone are substantial, many other programs help provide more benefits to veterans and their families. Even within health care and education programs, there are little-known benefits to improve the lives of veterans and help ease the financial burden of medical care or other expenses. Here are 10 veteran benefits gleaned from veteran information sites that you may not be aware of, but all veterans should investigate to see if they qualify.

Ellen Phillips

1. Long-term care. Long-term care is expensive, but it is often necessary to provide care for aging parents. The Assistance and Attendance Program makes many veterans eligible to receive money to cover the cost of retirement homes, assisted living programs, and other health care options. long duration. With the ability for couples to receive up to $25,020 per year, the Attendance and Attendance Benefit will help defray a significant portion of long-term care costs. Surviving spouses of veterans can also receive up to $13,560 per year to cover long-term care costs.

2. Support for caregivers. If you choose to care for an ill veteran at home, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a caregiver support program. Although this program does not provide funding for caregivers, they do have a toll-free helpline and caregiver support coordinator to help them deal with military benefits and the stress of caregiving.

3. Death benefits. When a veteran dies, families enjoy a few unique benefits. An American flag may be requested to drape the casket; additionally, families can request a Presidential Memorial Certificate to honor the service of the deceased loved one. The Department of Veterans Affairs also provides free tombstones or tombstones.

4. Certification Programs. In addition to receiving credits to use towards a college degree, the GI Bill offers up to $2,000 to help cover the cost of certification courses or other professional training programs. For vets looking to change careers or take non-university courses, this benefit works great.

5. Transfer of GI Bill Credits. Unused credits through the GI Bill can be transferred to spouses and dependents of veterans. Service limits are required to transfer benefits.

6. Free tax prep. Veterans and their families have access to free tax preparation services through Volunteer Income Tax Help Desks on military bases. Due to the complex nature of military-related tax matters, people who work in offices have special expertise.

7. Life insurance. Many veterans find it difficult to obtain traditional life insurance, especially if they suffered an injury while serving. Through the military and veterans group life insurance program, veterans can receive up to $400,000 in life insurance. This program also offers competitive premium rates.

8. Mortgage assistance. Veterans who are having difficulty making their mortgage payments are eligible for repayment assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Assistance options include special repayment plans, loan forbearance and loan modification programs. Additional benefits are available for veterans with VA loans and for homeless veterans.

9. VA entries. The VA maintains a list of homes served by VA loans that have had foreclosures. Veterans have the ability to search the list of VA acquired properties and purchase homes at a discount. Although a person does not have to be a veteran to search for properties, all properties are eligible for VA financing.

10. US Corporate Partners. American Corporate Partners connects veterans with top companies to help them secure post-service employment. In addition to being connected to employment opportunities, veterans have the opportunity to receive one-on-one mentoring and other career development services.

America and American veterans, we salute you!

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