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Health care, health registry evaluations, disability compensation and other benefits to eligible Veterans. Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits from the VA.
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Military Awards and Decorations
How Do I Request Military Awards and Decorations?
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Burial Benefits
Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 131 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Learn more
Apply for Pre-Need Burial Eligibility
To find out in advance if a Veteran or family member is eligible for burial in a VA national cemetery, click Apply for Pre-Need Burial Eligibility” to fill out and submit the application.
ALS Presumptive Compensable Illness
VA also presumes that amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosed in all Veterans with 90 days or more continuous active military service is related to their service. ALS, however, is not associated with a specific military exposure.
VA to Provide Fertility Counseling and Treatment for Certain Veterans and Spouses
List By Symptom
VA provides a chart which matches the Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs) to medical conditions or symptoms to the corresponding Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQs). Learn more
Vet Center Program
CLICK HERE to find Vet Center near you. We are the people in VA who welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community. Learn more

Vietnam War
Apply for veterans benefits online (VONAPP). VONAPP can still be used to submit online claims for Veterans Pension Benefits, Education benefits, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment benefits, and Burial benefits. Learn more
Do not use VONAPP to submit a Compensation claim. To submit a Compensation claim online, please use the “Apply for Benefits” section on the eBenefits homepage.

World War II

Gulf War
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Benefits for children with birth defects
Children who have certain birth defects and are biological children of Vietnam-era Veterans with qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea may be eligible for VA compensation, health care, and vocational training. Learn more about benefits for children with birth defects.

Korean War
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Iraq War
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Survivors' benefits
Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who died from health problems related to military exposures may be eligible for health care, compensation, education, and home loan benefits. Find out if you qualify for survivors' benefits

Cold War Era
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Operation Enduring Freedom
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Survival Guide
The American Veterans And Servicemembers Survival Guide Open PDF

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Health care for Veterans
Veterans may be eligible for: * Health registry evaluations, a free medical assessment for possible long-term health problems related to specific environmental hazards. You don't need to be enrolled in VA health care to take part. *Health care, a full range of medical benefits. There are many ways a Veteran may qualify.
Legal Aid
Home Healthcare
VA's Home Health Care includes Skilled Home Health Care Services (SHHC) and Homemaker and Home Health Aide Services (H/HHA). Learn more
Additional benefits
Read Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors to learn about other VA benefits.
Helpless Child Program
Veterans Service Records
Request Your Military Service Records Online, by Mail, or by Fax (Includes DD 214/Separation Documents, Personnel Records, and/or Medical Records) Start Your Military Service Record Request
Fact Sheets
General Benefit Information, Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities, Veterans with Limited Income, Education and Training for Veterans, Home Loans, Dependents and Survivors' Benefits, Insurance Fiduciary Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Miscellaneous Burial and Memorial Benefits. See Fact Sheets
Locating Veterans and Service Members
The Department of Veterans Affairs and certain military branches may be able forward some messages to veterans or active service personnel. Some veterans service organizations such as the VFW and American Legion and other groups also maintain reunion listings, member directories and locator services. Search Here

Special Monthly Compensation

Special Monthly Compensation Ratings–Are You Eligible? The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides compensation to veterans for disabilities, diseases, or injuries from active military service. The most recognized type of compensation is Disability Compensation, paid to veterans with disabilities from a service-related disease or injury. But what if a veteran lost a limb, sight, speech, hearing, or mobility? Enter Special Monthly Compensation, an added compensation (paid in addition to Disability Compensation) for serious disabilities like amputation, paraplegia, or organ failure. Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) benefits can be paid to veterans, their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents. It is sometimes called "aid and attendance," as veterans who are unable to leave their house or bed without help often qualify. Same goes for those in need of regular help from another person in their daily activities. SMC is one of the most complex VA programs around. Even experts in veterans' benefits can find it vexing. This article provides a brief introduction to the SMC program -- but it can't explain every detail. Consider speaking to an experienced military law attorney with VA disability experience for specific guidance. Learn more

Agent Orange
  • Cyber Sarge's

    Here are some accumulated links that will help in the presentation of Veterans Administration Health Benefits and Compensation Claims. Learn More
  • Agent Orange and Peripheral Neuropathy

    The Veterans Affairs Administration has implemented a new law recognizing early-onset chronic peripheral neuropathy on its list of diseases presumed to be related to Agent Orange (AO) exposure. (See Federal Register #19634 dated August 10, 2012). Learn more
  • Agent Orange: Ischemic Heart Disease and Parkinson's Disease

    A new report from the Institute of Medicine finds suggestive but limited evidence that exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War is associated with an increased chance of developing ischemic heart disease and Parkinson’s disease for Vietnam veterans. Learn more
  • Presumptive Service Connection for Disease Associated With Exposure to Certain Herbicide Agents: AL Amyloidosis

    This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) adjudication regulations concerning presumptive service connection for a certain disease based on the most recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine committee report, ``Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2006'' (Update 2006). This amendment is necessary to implement a decision of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs that there is a positive association between exposure to herbicides used in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam era and the subsequent development of AL amyloidosis. Learn more

Veteran Benefits Information
  • National Archives at St. Louis

    This site is provided for those seeking information regarding military personnel, health and medical records stored at NPRC (MPR). Begin Search
  • Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability for Veterans (64.104)

    Those veterans who have had 90 days or more of honorable active war-time service in the Armed Forces or if less than 90 days wartime service were released or discharged from such service because of a service-connected disability, who are permanently and totally disabled for reasons not necessarily due to service. Income restrictions are prescribed. Pension is not payable to those whose estates are so large that it is reasonable they use the estate for maintenance. Veterans discharged on or after October 16, 1981, must have served for 2 years or the length to which called, if less than 2 years, or have a service-connected disability (38 U.S.C.5303(A)). Learn more
  • FAQs: Special Monthly Compensation

  • Benefits Calculator

  • Veteran to Veteran LLC Designed to guide veterans through the Veterans Affairs process for filing a claim for service connected disability compensation. We combine the Knowledge, Skills, and abilities of Veterans to provide other Veterans the Information and support they need dealing with the VA. Learn more
  • Veterans news, Claims and benefits information

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VA Caregiver Support
Caregiver Services
VA's Caregiver Support Line – 1-855-260-3274. The following services are available to Family Caregivers of Veterans
~Caregiver Support Coordinator
~Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Centers
~Home-Based Primary Care
~Skilled Home Care
~Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program
~Home Telehealth
~Respite Care
~Home Hospice Care

New Services for Family Caregivers of Post-9/11 Veterans
Under the "Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010," additional VA services are now available to seriously injured post-9/11 Veterans and their Family Caregivers through a new program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. VA is now accepting applications for these services.

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