United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Veteran Benefits Assistance
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - St. Paul Regional Benefit Office
1 Federal Dr, Fort Snelling, Bishop Henry Whipple Fed Bldg, St. Paul, MN, 55111-4050
Distance: 970 Miles
Program that helps veterans understand and obtain benefits they are entitled to by law.
Help can cover topics such as:
* Eligibility requirements
* Payment processes
* Beneficiary rights
* Certificate/forms assistance
* Consultation and advice
* Advocacy and legal assistance to make sure benefits are obtained
If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care benefits.
The very first step in obtaining access to your VA Health Benefits is to apply for enrollment. General information can be found at http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits
Here are the convenient ways to apply for enrollment:
* By telephone - Call (877) 222-8387
* Online - Go to: https://www.vets.gov/health-care/apply
* Apply in person at your local VA health care facility
* By mail - Pick up an application at your local VA or download, print, and fill out the 10-10EZ, Application for Health Care available at: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/1010EZ-fillable.pdf. Complete the application (be sure to sign it) and mail to: Health Eligibility Center, 2957 Clairmont Rd, Suite 200, Altanta, GA 30329
* Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) Program:
- Provides transition assistance to separating service members who have disabilities related to their military service. Under this program, service members can apply for service-connected disability compensation and related benefits prior to separation from service, which allows for payment of benefits as soon as possible after discharge.
+ Requires a minimum of 90 days to allow sufficient time to complete the medical examination process (which may involve multiple specialty clinics) prior to separation from service
+ Available nationwide and open to all servicemembers on full time active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserve. Members of the Coast Guard may also participate.
* The Board of Veterans Appeals helps with
- Disability compensation
- Insurance, educational burial, and pension benefits
- Home loan guaranties
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Dependency and indemnity compensation
- Health care delivery
- Fiduciary matters
- Get more information at https://www.bva.va.gov/index.asp
* Survivor benefits: Offers a variety of benefits and services to spouses, children and parents of service members and veterans who are deceased or totally and permanently disabled by a service-connected disability
- Get more information at https://www.va.gov/opa/persona/dependent_survivor.asp
* Education benefits - learn mre by calling (888) 442-4551 or visiting http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
- Available for veterans with honorable discharge and some dependents
- For help to compare and understand which programs would be most helpful in a particular situation, see comparison tools here: https://www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool
- Education programs include:
+ The Post 9/11 GI Bill
+ The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
+ Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
+ Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
+ Survivors and dependent assistance
+ Accelerated payments
+ Co-op, correspondence training, entrepreneurship, and flight training
+ National call to service amd testing programs
+ Licensing and certification
+ Non-college degree, on-the-job, work study and apprenticeship programs
+ Tuition assistance top up
Client Information and Specialization
- Benefits assistance
Veterans Affairs regional offices can assist you with filing the appropriate VA forms.
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
|Crisis Line - Veteran Crisis / Suicide Prevention||(800) 273-8255|
|Toll Free - Caregiver Support Line||(855) 260-3274|
|Toll Free - CHAMPVA Hotline||(800) 733-8387|
|Toll Free - Homeless Veterans Hotline||(877) 424-3838|
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20420-0002
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FT-1000.9000Veteran Benefits Assistance Definition
Programs that provide assistance for veterans who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits and services to which they are entitled by law based on service to their country. The programs may help veterans understand the eligibility criteria for benefits, the benefits provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are veteran rights organizations that offer a range of advocacy services as well as legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.
HL-8000.1800-900Veteran Education Benefits Definition
Programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or other organizations that provide educational financial assistance for veterans and service personnel and their eligible dependents. Veterans and service personnel who served on active duty between January 31, 1955 and January 1, 1977 for specified periods of time are eligible for a variety of education benefits under the GI Bill including a stipend for tuition assistance at approved educational institutions. Veterans and service personnel who entered active duty after January 1, 1977 may participate in a voluntary contributory plan in which the individual's savings for a future education are administered and augmented by the government. Partial educational assistance is also available to the survivors of deceased or disabled veterans whose death or permanent and total disability was service-connected; and to the spouses and children of servicemen and women who have been listed for more than 90 days as missing in action, captured in the line of duty or forcibly detained by a foreign power.
NS-8200.9000Veteran Survivors Benefits Definition
A program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that provides special payments for the eligible survivors of deceased veterans whose wartime or peacetime service meets specific criteria for service-connected death compensation or non-service-connected death pensions. Eligible survivors (dependent children, surviving spouses and parents) who are seriously disabled may also qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits which are paid in addition to the basic benefit.
TM-5200Military Transition Assistance Programs Definition
Programs that provide guidance and information regarding benefits, services and outplacement assistance for active duty separtees and retirees and their family members returning to civilian life with the objective of making the transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. Services may include benefits counseling, employment search and placement assistance, relocation services, financial planning assistance, eligibility information regarding medical and dental insurance coverage and other forms of assistance to facilitate adjustment to civilian life. Special employment transition assistance includes certification of job skills and experience; information about applying active duty job skills and experience to private sector employment; information about geographic areas of relocation including the labor market and cost of living; identification and location of employment and training opportunities; instruction in resume preparation, job analysis and interview techniques; and information about loans and grants to facilitate acquisition of employment. Also included are programs that help National Guard and Reserve personnel who have been activated for deployment resolve issues pertaining to duty requirements and employment benefits.
YJ-2050Families of Military Personnel/Veterans Definition
The parents, children or spouses of people who are on active duty with one of the branches of the armed forces, who have retired from the armed forces following a military career, or who have been honorably discharged as veterans of military service. Included are families of deceased veterans.
Individuals who are former members of one of the branches of the armed forces and who, by length and type of services, honorable discharge or release or degree of disability, qualify for the benefits and privileges that are provided by law for ex-servicemen and women.
YZ-8800Veteran/Military Personnel Issues Definition
Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topic of veterans or military personnel and their interests.