SEMINAR TOPICS Disability Compensation Special Benefits for Certain Disabled Veterans Nonservice-Connected Disability Pension Benefits for Surviving Spouses and Orphans VA Medical Benefits Employment Benefits VA Educational Benefits Other Veterans’ Benefits State and Local Veterans Benefits The DAV: Who We Are and What We Do
DISABILITY COMPENSATION Disability incurred in or aggravated by military service. Rated according to severity, from 0 to 100 percent. Generally protected after 20 years. Statutory awards for certain severe losses (Special Monthly Compensation).
DISABILITY COMPENSATION Service-connection of certain disabilities by presumption: Herbicides (Agents Orange) Former Prisoners of War Radiation Exposure Mustard Gas and Lewisite Chronic and Tropical Diseases Gulf War Illness Camp Lejeune Water
SPECIAL BENEFITS Special benefits for Certain Disabled Veterans: Automobile Grant Automobile Adaptive Equipment Specially Adapted Housing Clothing Allowance
NONSERVICE-CONNECTED PENSION Eligibility based on: Degree of Disability Wartime Service Limited Income Criteria Special Pension: Housebound Aid and Attendance
SURVIVOR’S BENEFITS Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Veteran died due to service-connected causes Veteran 100% service-connected rating for 10 years prior to death Veteran 100% service-connected rating and dies within 5 years from discharge Former POW rated 100% one year prior to death Nonservice-connected Death Pension: Veteran had Wartime Service Limited Income Criteria
SURVIVOR’S BENEFITS Burial Allowance Plot Interment Allowance Headstone or Marker National Cemetery Presidential Memorial Certificates Military Funeral Honors American Flag Burial and Memorial Benefits:
MEDICAL BENEFITS Comprehensive Medical Benefits: Outpatient Treatment Pharmacy Hospitalization Nursing Home Care Domiciliary Care Compensated Work Therapy Prosthetic Appliances Counseling
EMPLOYMENT Veterans Preference in Federal Employment. Job placement and training assistance from VA and VETS. Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
EDUCATION PROGRAMS Montgomery GI Bill: Active Duty – Chapter 30 Selected Reserve – Chapter 1606 Reserve Educational Assistance Program – Chapter 1607 Post-9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33 Entitlement Transfer to Dependents Vocational Rehabilitation – Ch.31 Dependents Education – Chapter 35
LIFE INSURANCE Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI) Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI) Waiver of Premium Eligibility Supplemental S-DVI Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
HOME LOAN GUARANTY A VA-guaranteed home loan can: buy a home, a manufactured home, or a condominium. buy a lot for a manufactured home. build, repair, or improve a home (including energy efficient improvements). refinance an existing loan. VA Loan Guaranty Certificates may now be obtained within minutes using eBenefits.
HOME ADAPTATION GRANTS VA Regional Office: Specially Adapted Housing Grant Special Home Adaptation Grant VA Medical Center: Home Improvements and Structural Alterations Grant
STATE AND LOCAL BENEFITS State Benefits: License Plates Hunting/Fishing Licenses State Veterans Homes State Veterans Cemeteries Additional Benefits Local Benefits: Property Tax Abatement Additional Benefits
THE DAV We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high- quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured veterans on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
THE DAV Veterans making the transition back to civilian life must overcome many obstacles, and we provide programs that address their overall health and well- being. Beyond helping hundreds of thousands of veterans from all eras each year access available government benefits, we fund rehabilitation and counseling programs, link veterans to job training programs and work to address homelessness. All DAV services are free.
THE DAV We are fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. We understand the needs of today’s veterans, because we are an organization of veterans helping veterans. We have a proven track record of success, helping hundreds of thousands of veterans each year obtain needed benefits and services.
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