A veteran is any person who has served in the US Armed Forces during a time of war or a time of peace. This can include the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Coast Guard or the National Guard. Veterans, whether they served in a combat zone or not, have all given a portion of their lives to the protection and service of their country. They, and their families, willingly signed up to make the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow citizens, and many have suffered physical and mental repercussions because of it – and many have lost their lives. Because of this, the US Government has several programs in place to help them with life after the military.
Government Websites For Veterans
- Department of Veterans Affairs Provides comprehensive information for everything that the US government offers to its veterans.
- Veteran History Project A website dedicated to the history of veterans of every war.
- Veterans Business Programs Provides information on the aid available from the US government to help veterans start their own business.
- Veterans Issues Provides information on current issues facing veterans and the White House’s plans to further aid these veterans.
- Transitioning Veterans The US Department of Labor provides information for veterans about how to transition from the military to the civilian workforce.
Veteran Benefits and Services
The US Government offers several services and benefits to military veterans. The most notable of these is paying for college tuition through the GI Bill. Any veteran who has a honorable discharge from the military is typically eligible to have most or all of their college tuition covered, as well as a living stipend. The Government also provides disabled veterans with a program known as Vocational Rehabilitation, which aids veterans in refining their job skills to meet today’s market. Outside of education, the Government also provides pension plans as well as a VA loan for mortgages. While the government does not handle the loan process, they do provide banks with a guarantee letter, which often allows military members with a chance of receiving a better interest rate on their mortgage and little to no down-payment. The US Government also provides monthly payments to disabled veterans based on a portion of their monthly salary while in the armed forces.
- Veteran Benefits Overview Provides a basic outline of the benefits available to veterans.
- Massachusetts Veteran Benefits Provides an overview of the benefits available to veterans whose home of record is Massachusetts.
- New York Veteran Affairs A website providing information about the benefits available to veterans in the state of New York.
- Benefit Finder An online tool provided by the US government to determine what benefits a veteran is eligible for.
- VA Loans Provides information on VA loans and how they work.
- GI Bill Information concerning the different educational benefits that veterans may be eligible for.
- Veteran Disability Provides an overview of the compensation available to disabled veterans.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Describes the benefits veterans may be eligible for to help them reenter the civilian workforce.
- Survivor Benefits Provides an overview of the three different types of survivor benefits available to veterans and their families.
Veterans Health and Well-Being
Due to the nature of military service, many veterans face mild to severe health issues following discharge. This can include any injuries sustained during their service as well as several mental health issues caused by seeing combat. The Government provides several mental health counseling services to these veterans, and disabled veterans are eligible to utilize any of the hundreds of Veteran Medical Centers run by the US Government. Many veterans are also eligible for reduced cost health insurance through the military provider TriCARE. The Government also tracks any potential health issues during periods of service, and may later compensate veterans for potential health issues that may be connected to their service location. An example of this would be compensation for exposure to asbestos and Agent Orange. The health of veterans is of the utmost concern to the US, and there are several programs in place to help them.
- Health Benefits Provides an overview of the health benefits available to veterans.
- Health Care for Veterans Provides information on the health care benefits available to veterans
- Veteran and Military Health Provides information on the possible health issues facing veterans.
- Veteran Health Describes the Center for Disease Control works to protect the health of active duty service members and veterans.
- Substance Abuse A resource for information and possible counseling of veterans who have developed a substance abuse problem.
- Veterans and Suicide An organization dedicated to helping veterans who are entertaining thoughts of suicide and their families.
- Veterans Assistance A program that helps vets find the lowest rates on home loans and mortgages.
- Tricare The reduced cost, full coverage health insurance that many veterans are eligible for.
- The Veteran Health Care System A report on the size, efficiency and support provided by the veteran health care system for veterans.
- Military Health The military health organization provides resources and information on health benefits for veterans.
- Mesothelioma Resource for Vets who served on U.S. ships and planes and therefore face an elevated risk for deadly Mesothelioma lung cancer.