Veterans benefits aren’t limited to monthly compensation payments. The VA offers an array of resources that can help with many aspects of veterans’ daily lives. If you or a loved one is a veteran, you owe it to yourself to explore the different resources available.
Applying for these programs can sometimes be challenging, which is why you need the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. At Disability Law Group, we’ve helped countless veterans receive benefits through different VA services. We’re ready to get started on your case today.
No discussion of VA resources is complete without monthly compensation benefits. Disability Law Group works closely with veterans who have been injured, developed a disease, or suffered some other service-connected condition that makes it difficult or impossible for them to work.
Some cases are easier than others to prove a service connection. For example, certain cancers and other health problems are presumed to be associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service.
Regardless of your exact condition, it’s worth discussing your right to monthly compensation with a VA benefits attorney. We can help you apply and also assist with appealing an adverse decision.
There are several VA health benefits you might not have considered. Veterans know about treatment at VA clinics and related facilities, but they should also be aware of these programs:
- PTSD treatment. Post-traumatic stress disorder is debilitating, but fortunately, VA resources are available. Some programs are specifically for women veterans.
- Mental health. Similarly, many veterans need help with mental health issues that develop as a result of their service. Care, treatment, and monthly benefits are just a few of the services available.
- Dental care. Not all veterans think about their dental health needs, but care is available. Our firm can help determine your eligibility and assist with applying.
- Miscellaneous health products. Hearing aids, batteries for hearing aids and other devices, and prosthetic socks are some of the items that VA benefits can cover. If you have a specific medical product that you need, talk to a knowledgeable attorney.
Veterans have a multitude of insurance needs when they return home, and not just related to health. Here’s how the VA can help:
Life insurance. Several programs exist to offer life insurance, such as Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI), Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), and Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) (for spouses and dependent children).
Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI). This life insurance program is for veterans with service-connected disabilities. Coverage and supplemental coverage are available.
Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI). This provides mortgage protection insurance to the families of veterans with severe service-connected disabilities who have adapted their home to fit their needs.
Veterans often struggle with housing issues when they return home from service. The VA recognizes this and has developed home loan programs to assist eligible veterans. Those programs include:
- Purchase loans. Veterans can obtain loans with competitive interest rates and without a down payment or private mortgage insurance.
- Cash-out refinance loans. These are also available to help veterans pull cash from their home equity to pay off debt, pay for school, or make home improvements
- Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL). Also called the Streamline Refinance Loan, this can help a veteran secure a lower interest rate by refinancing their existing VA loan.
- Native American Direct Loan (NADL) Program. Helps eligible Native American veterans finance the purchase, construction, or improvement of homes on Federal Trust Land, or reduce a VA loan interest rate.
- Adapted Housing Grants. Help veterans who have a permanent and total service-connected disability purchase or build an adapted home, or to modify an existing home to account for their disability.
Homelessness is an unfortunate reality for many veterans. Mental and physical health problems, financial challenges, and substance abuse all contribute to this epidemic. The VA offers assistance in the form of disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, foreclosure assistance, insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and much more. If you or a loved one are struggling with homelessness after serving the country, our firm wants to match you with programs that can help.
Education, job training, and vocational rehabilitation are all related services provided by the VA. Veterans who serve their country often put their education on hold. Or, they may become injured, unable to perform their previous job, and need a new career path. These are just a few options veterans have:
GI Bill. This broad category of benefits helps qualifying veterans pay for college, graduate school, and job training programs. Coverage through the GI Bill can offset all or some of the education or training expenses.
Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E). These services help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job-seeking skills. Veterans needing assistance with their careers can get personalized counseling and support.
Technology education services. The Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) program matches veterans with a leading training provider to help them develop high-tech skills. This is a popular program and you should consult with a knowledgeable attorney for assistance applying.
Extended Care And Assisted Living
Some veterans need assistance with everyday activities like bathing, feeding, and self-care. Aid and Attendance benefits, along with the Housebound program, can help. The VA also operates several nursing homes for those with assisted living and related needs. Another option for some veterans is palliative care, which is medical care that relieves pain, symptoms, and stress caused by serious illnesses.
Let Disability Law Group Help
The above are only some of the many services provided to veterans through the VA. You may have other needs that a VA program can assist with as well. Applying for these benefits is often challenging, but a denial is not necessarily the final word. Let Disability Law Group go to work for you. We can examine your circumstances, explain some of the programs available, and then help you apply. If an application was previously rejected, we may be able to appeal the decision. Give us a call today to get started.