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11 Benefits Veterans Have in the US

Army veterans gain access to a lot of benefits in the United States - here are the most prominent eleven.

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Intro

Both publicly and privately employed veterans in the US are entitled to pensions and benefits. While this is yet another viable way of saying: “Thank you for your service!”, veterans have other numerous benefits in the US.

If you have served your country or you have anyone in the family who did, keep on reading, because we have put together a list of benefits that veterans have in the US.

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Housing and Home Loans

When it comes to veteran benefits, a VA construction loan is perhaps the most useful one. Before you can get a Veterans Administration home loan, you have to make sure that you qualify for this program and get familiar with the loan process and how to work on your application.

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Veteran’s Health Care

Veteran’s Health Care

After you leave active duty, you don't lose your health benefits. The US has made sure that every veteran is very well taken care of. Health benefits include counseling, help with injuries, rehabilitation and many other things. In addition, there are health programs that include treatment for PTSD, blindness rehabilitation, HIV/AIDS, traumatic brain injury, etc.

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Veteran’s Pension Programs

You would be surprised how many wartime veterans are not aware of the VA Pension Program. In order to qualify for a Veterans Disability Pension you have to be a 65 year old wartime (at least 90 days of active duty and at least 1 day during a period of wartime) veteran who is no longer able to work. Besides, you also have to belong to the limited income category.

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Job Training

The US provides additional employment and training services for veterans who are looking for convenient ways to transition into civilian life. If you need help with finding a job, make sure to check the VETS (Veteran’s Employment and Training Service) program.

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VA Counseling Services

There are more than 300 community-based Veteran Centers spread across all 50 states. VA counseling services are also available in American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. These services are also extended to family members of veterans. Family bereavement counseling is also available in these centers.

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Burial and Memorial Benefits

Burial and Memorial Benefits

Our nation honors the deceased veterans in many ways. Some of these benefits include: military funeral honors (free of charge), VA burial allowance, headstones and markers for VA anywhere in the world, burial flags, the Presidential Memorial Certificate, burial at sea and military retiree burial benefits.

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VA Small and Disadvantaged Business Loans

Thanks to the efforts made by the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, businesses can now easily come in contact with veterans. You should know that the US Department of Veteran Affairs actively promotes businesses with veterans. Today it is way easier to gain access to business opportunities as a veteran.

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Veteran Education Programs

Members of National Guard Armed Forces, Active Duty, Selected Reserve and their families are entitled to their education and training costs being covered by the US. Thanks to the GI Bill, the number of education benefits can be administered to persons depending on the duty status and eligibility.

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Veteran Disability Compensation

Veteran Disability Compensation

All veterans with a service-related disability are qualified for this compensation. It is a monthly and tax free benefit that may range from $133 to well over $3,400. You are eligible for this compensations only if your were not dishonorably discharged. Make sure to check how to apply for disability compensation and what paperwork you have to prepare.

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Tax Free Programs

Members of National Guard Armed Forces, Active Duty, Selected Reserve and their families are entitled to their education and training costs being covered by the US. Thanks to the GI Bill, the number of education benefits can be administered to persons depending on the duty status and eligibility.

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Who to Contact?

If you are a wartime veteran or a member of veteran’s family, you should contact the US Department of Veterans Affairs. On the Department's official website you will be able to find numerous question forms regarding services, benefits and claims. In addition, you call a VA toll-free number: (800) 827-1000 - Phone or 711 - TDD (telecommunication device for the deaf).

These are the 11 benefits veterans have in the US. If you want to make sure not to skip any of the benefits available for veterans, feel free to do some more research online, as there are lots of options available.

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    Jelena Cekic is a creative writer and blogger at Podroom Creative with a Master’s degree in Serbian Language and Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Novi Sad. She is passionate about topics like lifestyle, art, travel and gastronomy. Her latest writing attempts include works of fiction.

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