There are more than 20 million veterans alive today and yet, according to the Veteran’s Administration (“VA”), less than 1/3 of them are currently accessing benefit programs offered by the government.
MEMORANDUM REGARDING VETERAN BENEFITS
This memorandum is provided in part as a basic outline of Veteran’s Benefits, which, in spite of being a major Federal program, remain one of the least utilized and least understood programs available to those who have served our Country.1
WHO IS A VETERAN?
A veteran is a person who served as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, the Environmental Science Services Administration or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The veteran’s service must have been full time service, and the veteran’s discharge must have been “other than dishonorable”.
WHO ADMINISTERS THE PROGRAMS?
This Federal program is divided into three separate areas.
- Veteran’s Health Administration, which provides and oversees all of the Health Care facilities, such as V.A. Hospitals.
- National Cemetery Administration maintains Arlington National Cemetery and provides burial benefits for veterans.
- Veteran’s Benefits Administration administers the balance of veteran’s benefits, including education, readjustment, disability pensions and compensation.