Benefits

The Veterans Administration offers disability benefits for veterans with a service-related disability. VA disability compensation is for an injury or illness that was caused by military service or made worse by military service. Disability is not income based and is not limited to those who served in war.

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The Veterans Administration offers a VA pension for war veterans. The VA pension is only available to wartime veterans who have financial need because of low incomes. They may also have a disability that is not service-related.

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Not everyone leaves the military with an honorable or a dishonorable discharge. The system is far more complicated than that. There are 5 types of discharge for enlisted personnel. Officers are not discharged from the service; they are relieved from active duty. In addition, there are several categories of “separation from service” that are somewhat different than being discharged. This article will explore the various ways people leave military service and the impact of each on jobs and eligibility for veteran’s benefits.

In 1990, Congress passed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.  One of the provisions of the Act mandated the use of a single, free application form for all Federal student aid.  That form (FAFSA) continues to be used today and is the key to obtaining all types of Federal student aid.  Financial aid is offered in the form of grants, scholarships, student and parent loans and work-study programs.

On June 25, 2019, President Trump signed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran Act into law.   The new law fills a hole in the disability protection for veterans who served in Korea during the 1960s and for Navy and Marine Veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.  Vietnam War veterans battled for decades to have Agent Orange related disabilities recognized by the U.S. government. The new law is another step in validating their claims.

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