Veterans benefits

Discuss Veteran Benefits You and Your Family Should Know About – WIZM 92.3FM 1410AM

With Memorial Day just days away, it’s important for veterans to know what benefits are available to them and their families and to plan ahead.

Your local County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) is designed in each county to help veterans and their families meet all of their needs and navigate the VA benefits available to them.

Adam Flood with La Crosse County Veterans Servicesand Robert Thoen of Houston County Veterans Services joined Mid-West Family resorts this week to share available benefits and encourage veterans to plan ahead.

The first step is usually to determine what perks are available.

“As people move through life, first we start with education, then we start with home loans, then we slowly move into health care. We start moving into end-of-life care and then eventually we end up with after-death care or plans,” Flood told 95.7 The Rock.

Thoren added that when a veteran dies, “there is a lot of upside, or the potential for a lot of upside. Everything from a marker to a burial site or monetary reimbursement for that period of that person’s life. »

It’s one of the many things your local CVSO can help with for veterans and families.

“I think some veterans just fail to look at the right time and they may find out a little later,” Flood told WIZM’s Mike Hayes, “and that’s where our offices come in. Call us . We’ll help you navigate your current situation, and you won’t give up some of these benefits until later in life.

Thoen wants veterans and their families to know that today’s AV has worked hard to make improvements, especially over the past few decades.

“The VA has recognized a shift and a shift in the way it offers and delivers services,” Thoen said. “Past generations have dealt with a much more adversarial system, and today’s AV has become much friendlier and easier to access and use.”

Laws are also constantly changing. Flood points out that recent and upcoming changes will unlock benefits. That’s why it’s so important to reconnect with veterans, making sure they seek out new opportunities to better understand the benefits.

Flood says CVSOs definitely encourage pre-planning and working with your spouse or children who will be handling your estate to figure out what’s available or who to contact.

“I see a lot of veterans’ kids coming in and completely lost as to what to do, where to go, and even where to start, even for their spouse,” Flood said.

Check with your local County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) to find out what benefits are available and what you can do to make the process easier for family members in the future. Also, be sure to check for continued benefits for dependents after a veteran’s loss.

There has also been a change in Agent Orange benefits, so they are trying to contact families that have been affected to see if they might be eligible with the new change in laws and statutes. If you or someone you know needs more information, contact your local CVSO.