Happy New Year 2017!
Forget that most of the reportage of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) this past year has been negative. Why? Because the odds are you are not aware of these VA benefits that will help make you and your family’s year much better!
In no particular order of importance:
• Death Benefits
A U.S. flag may be requested to drape over the casket and families may request a Presidential Memorial Certificate to honor the deceased loved ones service. And the VA also provides free headstones or grave markers.
• Life insurance
Servicemembers are automatically enrolled into Group Life Insurance (SGLI) when joining the service or are attending their respective military academies, ROTC, or National Guard. Within fifteen months after leaving the service, veterans may enroll into Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) with lifetime coverage.
• Home & Refinance Loans
This covers aid and attendance for those unable to care for themselves.
• American Corporate Partners (ACP)
ACP is a nonprofit organization engaged in national corporate career counseling for active military returning to the civilian workforce. There are more than 60 companies that work with them. The group also works with “veteran service organizations, professional groups and military transition programs.”
• Veteran, Military Transition & Military Spouse Job Information and Resources
• Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
A partnership with the Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Transportation and the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). It was established to meet the needs of separating service members (and their spouses) during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services.”
Many vets are not aware that their own state has benefits for you. This website has a link to each of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. as well as the four U.S. Territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Every servicemember and veteran should check and see how many of these might benefit them in 2017!
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