Saving veterans and their families from months of phone calls and internet searches, Veterans Benefits For Dummies outlines the various programs that the VA and other government agencies have in place as well as the procedures for filing applications, claims, and appeals for these benefits which include: * Health care * Ongoing care for wounded and disabled vets * Education assistance * Vocational rehabilitation * Life insurance * Home loan guarantees * Pensions * Survivors' benefits * Burial benefits
Introduction 1 Part I: Benefitting From Benefits 7 Chapter 1: The Wonderful World of Veterans Benefits 9 Chapter 2: Determining Veteran Status and Qualifying for Benefits 17 Chapter 3: Navigating Your Way through the Red Tape of Claims and Appeals 35 Part II: A Healthy Look at Medical Care and Compensation Programs 55 Chapter 4: Veterans Affairs Healthcare 57 Chapter 5: Tricare: The Military’s Health Insurance 79 Chapter 6: Disability Compensation and Pensions 93 Chapter 7: Getting Your Military Retirement Pay 115 Chapter 8: Carrying On: Payments and Benefits for Survivors 129 Chapter 9: Burial and Memorial Benefits 149 Part III: Understanding Education and Employment Programs 169 Chapter 10: Advancing Your Education through the GI Bill 171 Chapter 11: Aid and Vocational Training for Disabled and Homeless Veterans 195 Chapter 12: Veterans’ Job Preference & Small Business Loans 211Part IV: Home Is Where the Hear t Is — Except When You’re Traveling! 225 Chapter 13: Financing Your Dream House: VA Home Loan Guarantees 227 Chapter 14: There’s No Place Like (A Military Retirement) Home 237 Chapter 15: Shopping Until You Drop 251 Chapter 16: Things to Do, Places to See: Travel Benefits 265 Part V: The Part of Tens 287 Chapter 17: Ten Places to Get Help with Veterans Benefits 289 Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Avoiding Problems with Your VA Benefit Claims 295 Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Traveling via the Military 299 Part VI: Appendixes 303 Index 357
Rod Powers is a recognized expert in all U.S. military matters. A military author, his articles have appeared in numerous military and civilian publications. Powers is the co-author of the successful ASVAB For Dummies, 2nd Edition, and serves as a military guide for About.com.
Meet eligibility requirements, gather the right documents, and earn the benefits due you Want to take full advantage of your military benefits? This concise, plain-English guide explains the various programs available to you and your family, and helps you properly file applications, claims, and appeals. You'll make sense of the often-confusing world of the Department of Veterans Affairs and see exactly how to get the benefits you need and deserve. Understand your status — based on length, type, place, and period of service, know where you stand as a veteran Work with the VA and service offices — evaluate the VA healthcare program and Tricare, the DOD healthcare system Navigate the VA disability compensation and application process — understand disability ratings and available programs including CRSC Find your way home — use a low-interest loan to finance your dream house or retire gracefully in a military home Travel in style — take advantage of military aircraft and lodging around the world Carry on in memory — discover payments and benefits available to spouses and dependent children of deceased veterans and how to request honors and memorials Open the book and find: Whether you meet basic qualifications for veterans How to change your discharge status The lowdown on pensions and retirement pay Ways the new G.I. Bill affects servicemen and women Clear explanations of medical and dental benefits The pros and cons of the VA home loan Financial planning tips Help for homeless veterans