You may be eligible for VA benefits if you are:
a veteran’s dependent
surviving spouse, child or parent of a deceased veteran
an active-duty military servicemember
a member of the Reserve or National Guard
If you are eligible for federal benefits, but have never applied, you still can. Let a professionally trained American Legion service officer help you. In fact, by turning to the American Legion to help you file a claim, the chances for approval are much better than if you go it alone.
With a nationwide network of service officers, both on the Department (state) level (full time, professional advocates) and Post level (volunteer advocates), the American Legion assists more then 120,000 veterans and their families each year. Annually, Department Service Officers (DSOs) garner over 3 billion dollars in compensation benefits.
For additional information contact:
American Legion Post 833 Service Officer
51 Juniper Ave
Smithtown, NY 11787
Suffolk County Veterans Services
H. Lee Dennison Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
3rd Floor Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099
Telephone: 631-853-VETS (8387)
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Below are just some of the benefits you may have earned:
VA can pay you monthly compensation if you are at least 10% disabled as a result of your military service.
You can receive a monthly pension if you are a wartime veteran with limited income, and you are permanently and totally disabled or at least 65 years old.
Various services are available, including hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy and prosthetic services, sexual trauma counseling, specialized health care for women veterans, readjustment counseling, alcohol and drug dependency treatment and medical evaluation for disorders associated with military service in the Gulf War, or exposure to Agent Orange, radiation, and other environmental hazards.
Note: Combat Veterans receive free medical care for any illness possibly associated with service during a period of hostility for two years from the veteran’s release from active duty.
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION & EMPLOYMENT
VA can help veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable employment. For veterans with serious service-connected disabilities, VA also offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
VA pays benefits to eligible veterans, reservists, and active-duty servicemembers while they are in an approved education or training program.
VA offers various home-loan services to eligible veterans, some military personnel, and certain surviving spouses.
Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) is renewable term life insurance for veterans who want to convert their SGLI up to an amount not to exceed the coverage you had when you separated from service. Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance, also called “RH” Insurance, is for service-connected veterans. Coverage is $10,000. You may be eligible for a $20,000 supplemental policy if you are totally disabled.
DEPENDENTS & SURVIVORS
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation is payable to certain survivors.
ASSISTED LIVING & HOME CARE
Aging Veterans sometimes struggling to pay for assisted living, home care and other forms of long term care. Below are a few links to sites that may help. They can provide tools, information and creative ideas which may help you, your family or caregivers discover the means to provide for Assited Living and Home Care needs.
Elder Care Locator: A service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their
Paying for Senior Care: Veterans Guide to Paying for Assisted Living & Home Care