GovBenefits.gov Honors All U.S. Veterans this Veterans Day
As we honor the sacrifices and contributions made by U.S. veterans, GovBenefits.gov wants to remind veterans and their loved ones about the programs for veterans on GovBenefits.gov. Veterans Day first began in November 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day. The commemoration was celebrated on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, which marked the end of hostilities between the Allied Forces and Germany. Nearly 20 years later in 1938, Congress passed legislation to make Armistice Day a legal holiday. Later in 1954, after the conclusion of World War II and the Korean conflict and at the urging of Veterans groups across the country, Congress amended the law to strike the word Armistice and replaced it with ?Veterans? to recognize veterans of all wars. Veterans Day is celebrated throughout the country with parades and the laying of wreaths at memorials. In addition, every year the President or other dignitaries lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns during the Veterans Day ceremony held at Arlington National Cemetery to honor and remember the great sacrifices made by our veterans. As part of its mission to connect citizens to benefit programs, GovBenefits.gov includes many programs exclusively for veterans and their family members. Below is a small sample of some of the veterans programs featured on GovBenefits.gov.

Veterans Medical Care Benefits
Veterans Medical Care Benefits provide outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines, and supplies to eligible veterans. To receive health care, veterans generally must be enrolled in the VA health system. They may apply for enrollment at any time. Veterans do not have to be enrolled in the VA health system if they have service-connected disabilities of 50 percent or more, want care for a disability that the military determined was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or want care for a service-connected disability only. Veterans with service-connected disabilities living or traveling overseas must register with the Foreign Medical Program regardless of the degree of disability. For more information, visit the Veterans Medical Care Benefits Program.

Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Health Care Program (CWVV)
The CWVV Healthcare Program is administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs for children with certain birth defects born to eligible women Vietnam veterans. Coverage for this program is based on eligibility determinations made by the Denver VA Regional Office. Applications must be submitted and adjudicated by the VA Regional Office before health care benefits will be covered. The VA Regional Office forwards the award information to the VA Health Administration Center, which contacts and registers the beneficiary for health care benefits for treatment of the birth defect and related medical conditions. No separate application for health benefits is needed. For more information, visit the Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Health Care Program.

Veterans Prescription Service Program
Veterans Prescription Service provides prescription drugs and medical supplies from VA pharmacies to eligible veterans, dependents, and survivors. Prescriptions from a VA provider or VA authorized provider is required. In areas where there are no VA pharmacies, payment may be reimbursed. For more information, visit the Veterans Prescription Service Program.

Veterans? Group Life Insurance Program (VGLI)
VGLI is a program of post-separation insurance that provides for the conversion of SGLI to 5-year renewable term coverage. VGLI provides up to a maximum of $250,000 of insurance coverage, and is issued in $10,000 increments up to a maximum of $250,000, but not for more than the amount of SGLI the member had in force at the time of separation. VGLI premiums are based upon the separating member's age. VGLI is convertible at any time to an individual commercial life insurance policy with any one of the participating commercial insurance companies. To obtain VGLI, an eligible member must submit an application to the Office of Servicemembers Group Life Insurance with the required premium during the 120 days following separation (application can still be submitted for up to one year after SGLI coverage terminates; however, during that period, evidence of good health must be submitted). For more information, visit the Veterans? Group Life Insurance Program.

To see the entire list of veteran related programs, type in the word ?veteran? in the keyword search box in the upper left hand corner of this web page and then click on the ?go? button.