Veterans Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), is composed of 3 major divisions. They are the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration and the National Cemetery Administration. The 50 states and 4 US territories offer veterans benefits according to Military.com. These benefits change constantly, so it is critical to review them at least once per year. Most people know about many of the more important benefits for veterans offered by the VA.  We can’t cover all the benefits, but we can get you started.

Veterans Health Administration

The VA’s latest update is Health Care Benefits Overview 2019 Edition Vol. 1. It covers subjects such as eligibility, enrollment, coverage under the Affordable Care Act, co-payments, Medical Benefits Package, and additional benefits. This publications is for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S.Government Publishing Office at gpo.gov. The good news is that you may find extra copies at your VA health facility. More information can be found at va.gov.

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

The VBA administers many different benefits. The more common benefits are compensation, pension, home loans, life insurance, and education and training. You can access their website here.

National Cemetery Administration (NCA)

Burial benefits available include gravesites, a Government headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, all at no cost to the family. The NCA administers 142 national cemeteries that have available space. To determine the eligibility requirements for the burial benefits go to National Cemetery Administration.