Armed Forces Tax Benefits

This law allows tax benefits or relief for special tax situations of active members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Information on these special tax benefits for Armed Forces Personnel can be found in Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide.

Automobiles and Adaptive Equipment for Disabled Veterans and Servicemembers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a one-time payment to disabled Veterans of no more than $19,817 toward the purchase of an automobile or other transportation. Additionally, the VA will pay for adaptive equipment, or for repair, replacement, and…

Basic Medical Benefits Package for Veterans

All enrolled Veterans receive the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA's) comprehensive Medical Benefits Package which includes preventive, primary and specialty care, diagnostic, inpatient and outpatient care services. Veterans may receive additional benefits, such…

Caregiver Programs and Services

Family Caregivers provide crucial support in caring for Veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes that Family Caregivers in a home environment can enhance the health and well-being of Veterans under VA care.

Under the "Caregivers and…

Cash-Out Refinance Loan

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Cash-Out Refinance Loan is for homeowners who want to trade equity for cash from their home. These loans can be used as strictly cash at closing, or to payoff debt, making home improvements, and paying off liens. The…

Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Health Care Benefits Program

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Children of Women Vietnam Veterans (CWVV) Health Care Benefits Program provides reimbursement for medical care related to covered birth defects and conditions associated with a covered birth defect except for Spina Bifida. CWVV…

Clothing Allowance

Clothing Allowance is an annual sum of money paid to any Veteran who, because of a service-connected disability: Wears or uses a prosthetic or orthopedic appliance which tends to wear or tear clothing, OR Uses medication, which a physician has…

Compensated Work Therapy

The Department of Veteran's Affairs' (VA) Compensated Work Therapy Program matches and supports work ready Veterans in competitive jobs. The program also consults with business and industry about their specific employment needs.

The program helps Veterans…

Dental Care

Outpatient dental treatment is available to eligible Veterans and may include the full spectrum of diagnostic, surgical, restorative, and preventive procedures. In many cases, however, the law permits only limited kinds of care.

Direct Home Loans for Native Americans

The Native American Direct Loan (NADL) program makes home loans available to eligible Native American Veterans who wish to purchase, construct, or improve a home on Federal Trust land or to reduce the interest rate.

Veterans who are not Native American,…

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP)

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans, with the maximum emphasis directed toward serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged,…

Education - Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty)

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to attract high quality men and women into the Armed Forces. The MGIB-Active Duty program provides up to 36 months of education benefits to those who have served on active duty.

Education - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents and survivors of certain Veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.

Educational and Career Counseling

Educational and Career Counseling can help you: Assess your vocational interests, aptitudes and abilities Explore career opportunities Obtain guidance on effective use of VA benefits and resources to achieve education…

Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Coverage (FSGLI)

Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Coverage (FSGLI) is a component of the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program. It provides coverage for spouses and children of Servicemembers insured under SGLI. Non-military spouses are covered automatically…

Foreign Medical Program

The Foreign Medical Program (FMP) is a Department of Veteran's Affairs' (VA) health care benefits program for Veterans with VA rated service-connected conditions that are residing or traveling abroad. Under FMP, VA assumes payment responsibility for certain…

Gratuitous Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (ARH)

Gratuitous Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (ARH) is a program that provides posthumous life insurance coverage for certain Veterans.

Headstones, Markers and Medallions for Placement in Private Cemeteries

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) furnishes upon request, at no charge to the applicant, a government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death.  If the…

Health Care Benefits for Dependents (CHAMPVA)

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care benefits program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. The program is…

Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

VA Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) is a unique home care program that provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary, primary care in the homes of Veterans with complex medical, social, and behavioral conditions for whom routine clinic-based care is not…

Home Loan for Regular Purchase

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loan program guarantees loans made to eligible Veterans, Servicemembers, Reservists, National Guard members and certain surviving spouses.

VA guarantees a percentage of the loan. This helps the Veteran obtain…

Homeless Veterans Assistance Center

Veterans and families requiring assistance finding or keeping safe, affordable housing can access services for homeless Veterans and their families by contacting the VA Homeless Veterans Assistance Center. Services include: opportunities to return to employment,…

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project (HVRP)

The HVRP provides employment and training services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing…

Homeless Veterans' Programs

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) offers the following special programs to help homeless Veterans: Domiciliary Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs Homeless Grant and Per Diem Program Substance Use…

Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL)

A Department of Veterans Administration (VA) Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) can be used to refinance an existing VA loan to lower the interest rate.

IRRRLs do not require credit underwriting and may include the entire outstanding balance…

Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program (JVSG)

The Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program (JVSG) helps Veterans find good jobs by providing employment services at One-Stop Career Centers and other locations through funding for Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans Employment…

Local Veterans Employment Representative Program (LVER)

Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans and encourage the hiring of veterans.

Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs

Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs) (including Domiciliary and RRTPs) provide residential rehabilitative and clinical care to Veterans who have a wide range of problems, illnesses, or rehabilitative care needs which may include mental…

Mental Health Services

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides general and specialty mental health services for treatment of the broad range of mental health conditions, including treatment for substance abuse disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma…

Military Exposure Registry Examination Program

Veterans may have been exposed to a range of chemical, physical, and environmental hazards during military service.

Veterans who believe they may have been exposed to toxins or certain vaccinations with side effects are eligible to receive a voluntary…

Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The purpose of the Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (MREIDL) is to provide funds to eligible small businesses to meet its ordinary and necessary operating expenses that it could have met, but is unable to meet, because an essential employee…

Military Sexual Trauma

VA provides free care for conditions resulting from experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred in the military. Both physical and mental health treatment (including medications) related to these experiences are provided free…

Montgomery GI Bill (Selected Reserve)

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) - Selected Reserve is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress to attract high quality men and women into the reserve components of the Armed Forces. The MGIB-Selected Reserve program provides up to 36 months of education…

Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

Parents' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a needs-based benefit paid to parents (biological, adoptive, or foster) who were financially dependent on a military Servicemember or Veteran who died from a service-related cause. The foster parent…

Partial Reimbursement of Burial Expenses

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) burial allowance is a monetary benefit that is generally paid at the maximum amount authorized by law for an eligible Veteran's burial and funeral costs. VA may grant additional benefits for plot, interment, and/or…

Payments for Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Born with Certain Birth Defects

Biological children of women veterans who served in Vietnam may be eligible for a monetary allowance and possibly vocational training if the child(ren) have a birth defect which resulted in a permanent physical or mental disability.

The allowance is paid at…

Pharmacy Service

To qualify for the prescription benefit provided by VA Pharmacy Service, you must be enrolled in and receiving health care from the VA health care system or be eligible based on one of the exceptions in the law. VA's prescription benefit program is part of its…

Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is an educational assistance program enacted by Congress for individuals with active duty service after September 10, 2001. The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits.

Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the signature of the current President of the United States and honors the memory of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.

Readjustment Counseling (Vet Centers)

VA provides eligible Veterans and their families readjustment counseling through 300 Vet Centers located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Guam.

Vet Centers are community-based counseling centers that provide a…

Respite Care

VA medical centers can give the Veteran's care-giver (family member or friend) a "break" by taking over the Veteran's care for a limited time.

VA medical centers may provide respite care to an eligible Veteran for up to 30 days in a calendar year. Families…

Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI)

Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI) is life insurance for Veterans who have received a service-connected disability rating by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The basic S-DVI program, commonly referred to as "RH Insurance", insures eligible Veterans for…

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI)

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) is low-cost term insurance for members of the uniformed services.

SGLI is a group life insurance policy purchased by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from a commercial life insurance company. SGLI…

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Disability Extension

The Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Disability Extension is for service members who are totally disabled at the time of discharge. The benefit allows the member to retain their SGLI coverage for up to two years after discharge at no cost to them.

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI)

Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) is a rider under Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI). It provides insurance payments of up to $100,000 to members who suffer certain serious traumatic injuries in service.

Services and Aid for Blind Veterans

VA provides personal and social adjustment programs and medical or health-related services for eligible blinded Veterans at selected VA Medical Centers maintaining blind rehabilitation centers.

Assistance comes in many forms. Services include assessment…

Social Security Special Benefits for Qualified WWII Veterans

The Social Security Special Benefits for Qualified WWII Veterans benefits are a federal funded program administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) that can be paid to certain World War II Veterans.  These include Veterans who served in the…

Specially Adapted Housing Grant

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides grants to Servicemembers and Veterans with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to help purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability. Two grant…

Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program

VA Spina Bifida Health Care Benefits Program covers most health care services and supplies that are medically or psychologically necessary. The VA can also reimburse expenses for travel to and from your doctor or health care facility. Some services require specific…

Supplemental Service Disabled Veterans Insurance

Veterans who have basic Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI) coverage and are totally disabled are eligible to have their premiums…

Survivors Pension

Survivors Pension is a tax-free benefit payable by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to a low-income, un-remarried surviving spouse and unmarried dependent child(ren) of a deceased wartime Veteran.

Survivors' Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is a cooperative effort between Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS), the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Veterans Administration (VA). TAP provides career information for active duty service members, National…

Travel Reimbursement

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is authorized to provide eligible Veterans and other beneficiaries mileage reimbursement, common carrier (plane, train, bus, taxi, light rail etc.), or when medically indicated "special mode" (ambulance, wheelchair van)…

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA makes major improvements in protecting service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law,…

VA - Birth Defects Assistance - Payments for Children with Spina Bifida whose Parents Served in Vietnam or Korea

Spina bifida patients who are natural children of Vietnam and Korea Veterans may be eligible for a monthly monetary allowance.

Please note: If you want to apply for either of the other spina bifida benefits (health care assistance or vocational training),…

VA Care in the Community

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) may authorize a non-VA health care facility to provide necessary medical care services when such services are not feasibly available at a VA health care facility, or VA determines that such services can be obtained outside…

VA Community Living Centers (VA Nursing Home Care)

VA Community Living Centers (formerly known as nursing home care) are long-term care services provided to Veterans who need a skilled environment for short term and long term stays.

Mandatory eligibility is given to the following Veterans:…

Veteran & Dependent Burial in VA National Cemeteries

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places and lasting memorials that commemorate their service to our nation.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration maintains 131…

Veterans Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) Alcohol and Drug Dependence Rehabilitation Program provides medical, social, vocational, and rehabilitation therapies to eligible alcohol and drug dependent Veterans. The programs offer various forms of treatment including…

Veterans Life Insurance Policy Loans and Cash Surrenders

Policyholders who have permanent plans of insurance under one of the programs listed below may borrow up to 94 percent of the cash value of the policy after it has been in force for one year or surrender the policy for its cash value.

Veterans Pension

Veterans Pension is a needs-based benefit paid to eligible wartime Veterans who meet certain age or non-service connected disability requirements.

Veterans Preference (VP)

Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the armed forces during certain recognized periods, or in military campaigns, are entitled to preference over other qualified candidates from competitive lists of eligible applicants. They are also provided…

Veterans Prosthetic Appliances

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) provides medically prescribed prosthetic and sensory aids to eligible Veterans. These aids include artificial limbs, hearing aids, communication aids, eyeglasses, orthopedic braces and shoes, wheelchairs, crutches and…

Veterans' Compensation for Service-Connected Disabilities

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides eligible disabled Veterans with VA Disability Compensation, a monthly tax-free payment whose amount will depend on the degree of the Veteran's disability.

Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS)

The Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) proudly provides resources and expertise to assist and prepare veterans and service members to obtain meaningful careers, maximize their employment opportunities, and protect their employment rights.

Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI)

Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) provides for the conversion of Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage to a lifetime renewable term policy of insurance protection after a servicemember's separation from service.

VGLI provides up to a…

Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

Veterans' Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI) is a program for certain severely disabled Veterans. It provides insurance coverage on home mortgages to Veterans who receive Specially-Adapted Housing grants because of service-connected disabilities. VMLI provides up to…

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services for Veterans with Disabilities

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is an employment-oriented program that helps transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment handicap to prepare for, obtain and…

Vocational Training for Children with Spina Bifida or Certain Birth Defects

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) provides a monthly monetary allowance, health care specific to the disability, and vocational training, if reasonably feasible, for biological children diagnosed with Spina Bifida (except Spina Bifida Occulta) and certain…

Waiver of Insurance Premiums for Disabled Veterans

Some Veterans Affairs (VA) life insurance policyholders may have their premiums waived, if they become totally disabled.

Women Health Care Benefits

The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) provides comprehensive medical services for women Veterans including:

Health promotion and disease prevention Primary care Women's gender-specific health care, e.g.,…