Disabled Veterans Benefits

GiBill.Va.Gov

If you served your country and received a debilitating injury while on duty you deserve far more than just the condolences and admiration of the United States government. It is the duty of the military to provide for its veterans, especially those that were injured. Your disability might be conflicting with your type of post military work and may be making providing for yourself and your family close to impossible.

This should not be something you have to live with. There are veteran disability compensation programs that are meant to provide income and medical reimbursement for veterans who were injured while on duty. Speak up for your rights and demand the compensation you deserve from the Veteran’s Affairs office closest to you. GiBill.Va.Gov

Types of Injuries that can be Covered

Veteran disability compensation does not only include compensation for physical disabilities. Most veterans know that psychological disorders can be rampant for ex military. You have the right to request compensation for:

– Spinal injuries
– Lost limbs
– Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
– Combat related anxiety
– Combat related depression
– Any other disability that occurs while on duty

How to Obtain Compensation

Any military service person that has a service related disability and was discharged under other than dishonorable conditions can apply for disability compensation. This compensation can qualify you to receive between $123 and $3100 in monthly benefits. You may be eligible to receive additional monetary benefits if you:

– Have very severe disabilities or loss of limbs
– You have a spouse, child(ren) or dependent parents
– You have a seriously disabled spouse

If you want to start the process of seeking veteran disability compensation, start by contacting your local Veteran’s Affairs office and filling out a VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation or Pension. You should try to find and attach the following material to your application so you have a greater chance of being awarded benefits.

– Dependency records (marriage and children’s birth certificates)
– Medical evidence (doctor and hospital reports)

Special Compensation for Certain Veterans

Certain veterans are able to apply for more substantial payouts if they are one of the following:

– A Prisoner of War
– A victim of diseases and cancers caused by agent orange or other herbicide exposure
– A sufferer of radiation exposure
– A Gulf War Veteran

For more information on Veteran Disability Benefits, contact Indianapolis area attorneys.

Joseph Devine

GI Bill Government Benefits Changed Do You Know Your Options?

GiBill.Va.Gov

Your GI Bill Government benefits has changed, and these changes can make a big difference in the amount of money you could receive for you education. This makes it very important for you to understand the differences, so that you select the program that is best for you.

The major difference in your benefits is the addition of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which in most cases is a better option than other educational benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill.

Here are the differences between the two Bills mentioned above.

The Post 9/11 Bill will pay directly to the school you select all tuition and fees up to the cost of the most expensive state Institution of Higher Education of the Sate the school you select resides.

You will also be entitled to a housing allowance that is based on an E-5 with dependence. The amount is based on the zip code of the school you will be attending. GiBill.Va.Gov

You will also receive a stipend of up to $1,000 for books each year.

This compared to the monthly allowance of $1,321 paid by the Montgomery GI Bill makes the Post 9/11 Bill look to be the best choice, but there are other factors to consider.

One such thing to consider is, some States the cost of tuition and housing would be less than the $1,321 monthly allowance you would receive under the Montgomery Bill., therefore making it the best choice.

There are also States that have Colleges that do not charge Veterans tuition, and this might also make the Montgomery Bill more appropriate. GiBill.Va.Gov

While the new Post 9/11 GI Bill is a great benefit, because it gives you more options, it also makes it very important that you do your homework before you select a school.

You will only have one chance to make the correct selection between the two Bills, and once you make that choice you can not change your mind.

The easiest way to make the right choice is to contact Military friendly schools within the Sate that you want to attend classes, and allow them to help you pick the Bill that will pay you the most benefits. GiBill.Va.Gov

Military friendly Schools will have staff that understands the different GI Bill Government programs, and it is in their best interest to help you make the right decision.

You earned these benefits by serving your Country and below you will find a link to a resource that will put you in contact with a list of Schools that will be honored to help. GiBill.Va.Gov

Mike Considine has done extensive research on gibill gov [http://getstudentloanhelp.com/gi-bill-status/] benefits and where to find the best Military friendly schools.

Using Your GI Bill For a Degree in Information Technology

GiBill.Va.Gov

If your thinking of ways to make the transition back to the civilized world and you are interested in the field of technology, you have the opportunity to use your generous GI Bill benefits to kick start your career.

About The New GI Bill and Montgomery Bill

In July of 2008, the new Post 9/11 GI Bill was signed into law and the benefits have been described as highly robust. Of course, the benefits are tiered based on the amount of days served on active duty. In general, the benefits are for service members and veterans who would like to attend education and training programs through an accredited school. You must have served as a member of the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves for a minimum of 90 days after September 10, 2001. GiBill.Va.Gov

The new benefits of the Post 9/11 bill include:

  1. Up to 100% coverage of tuition and fees.
  2. A monthly living (housing) payment.
  3. Up to $1000 per year for books and supplies.
  4. A one time relocation allowance if you want to relocate to attend a school.
  5. An option to transfer benefits to other family members.

This is not an exhaustive list of the benefits; however, it does highlight some of the most important aspects of the bill. If you are going to pursue a degree completely on-line or through a distance learning program, you may not be eligible for the housing stipend. You can inquire about your personal benefits eligibility by calling the Department of Veteran’s Affairs hotline at 1-888-GIBILL-1.

The Montgomery Bill

The Montgomery Bill is similar to the GI Bill, but it is specifically for those who have agreed to be on the Reserves programs for a period of 6 years. It doesn’t require that you have actual service in the Armed Forces in order to qualify. You can use your benefits to attend both traditional colleges and universities as well as Technical Schools and colleges that offer IT programs. In addition to the education fees, the Montgomery Bill will also cover any certifications or licenses needed in order to get a job in the civilian world. GiBill.Va.Gov

Why Military Technology Skills Translates into an IT Degree

Many of the duties performed while in the military are centered around the use and application of different forms of technology. Serving in the military is often cited as a kind of testing ground for the use of one’s skills out in the field where one can “try on” different types of jobs that might suit their interests and skills in the civilian world. Those who have enjoyed using technology skills in the military have found potential for a civilian career in information technology. GiBill.Va.Gov

It can be frustrating to learn that even though you have work experience using IT skills in the military, many employers in the civilian realm are unsure how it translates into the type of job candidate they need for a particular job. This is where completing a formal education to supplement your experience is the necessary ingredient to your success. Once you complete your IT degree, you will have the advantage of being able to show both formal education and applied experience on your resume.

Some of the more common transitions into IT careers using military experience occur in the sub field of Computer Forensics, IT Project Management, and Computer Networking, just to name a few. The military often conducts it’s own investigations into matters using computer forensics. Forensics is the use and application of technology to solve crimes. Other options include Information Security, Graphic Design, and Multimedia. The military works closely with private companies to develop 3-D interactive training software.

All of these possibilities within the field of Information Technology are within your reach with the generous benefits of your post 9/11 GI and Montgomery Bill. Be sure to take advantage of them and get your career started.

Go to http://www.technology-colleges.info/ for more information on technology colleges.

Veteran Benefits – Aid and Attendance

GiBill.Va.Gov

The basics of an oft-misunderstood VA pension benefit that is available for veterans and their widowed surviving spouses.

Wartime veterans and their surviving spouse with limited incomes, who are totally and  permanently disabled for reasons not traceable to their service, may be eligible to receive compensation under the NSC (non-service connected) VA disability program. There are two disability programs available through the VA that pays monthly benefits to  disabled veterans. They are:

1.      Disability Compensation (service related disabilities)

2.      Disability Pension (non-service related disabilities)

This article will focus on the Disability Pension. Under this Pension there are three pension benefit levels. They are:

1.      Disabled Veteran unable to work

2.      Housebound disabled veteran or surviving spouse

3.      Disabled Veteran or surviving spouse who needs aid & attendance care

Let’s focus and drill down more on the Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit Provision.

Most VSO (Veterans Service Organizations) and VCO (Veterans Commission Offices) provide very little information on the aid & attendance provision of the disability pension. This lack of communication along with the large government bureaucracy and run-around most veterans or surviving spouses experience when dealing with the VA has led to many eligible individuals to not fully receive the benefits they earned and are entitled.

This benefit provided by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) is the “Improved Pension Disability Pension with Aid and Attendance entitlement” but often called just the Aid and Attendance VA Benefit.

It is available to certain wartime veterans who are totally disabled because of a non-service connected condition; who are in financial need; and who need the aid and attendance of another person in order to avoid the hazards of the daily environment.

This Improved Pension program allows for Veterans who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing or taking care of the needs of nature to receive financial benefits paid to them monthly.

An improved pension benefit is also available for the surviving spouse of the wartime veteran.  The spouse is only eligible for this VA financial assistance when he or she is a widow and has not remarried.  This improved pension is called the “Improved Death Pension Benefit with Aid and Attendance entitlement.”  The eligibility requirements are identical but the monthly benefit is a lower dollar amount.

Applying for the pension benefit is not difficult.

It requires you to complete a long application and provide documentation.  The VA is picky on how the documentation looks and what it states.  Of particular confusion is the medical documentation.  The VA has three different medical forms and none of them are doctor friendly.

The real difficulty with applying for the VA disability pension benefit is understanding what the VA really wants, in what format and when.  Add to that the really confusing multiple letters you will get during the claim processing.

Here is an example.  You send in everything that is required in the right format and on the right forms.  You then receive a letter from the VA that lists that they need this huge list of information and documents to support the claim and to further process the application.   It is not until the 4th or 5th page of this letter that you see a small list of items they have received with your claim application. GiBill.Va.Gov

Confused?  You bet.

Do you still need to send in additional information?  Was what you sent them okay, or do they want more?

To add to the confusion there is this form called the “VCAA Notice Response” and it has only two boxes to check. One box asks if you want an additional 60 days to send in supporting information.  The other box says they will adjudicate your claim immediately because you don’t want to send in any more supporting information.

What to do?  Panic and self-doubt sets in.  Nothing in the letter tells you what to do.  It sounds like they want more information.  Why did they send all these additional forms to fill out?

Should you sign this form that wants you to Authorize Release of Medical Information?  You sent in the doctor’s evaluation with the original application, wasn’t that good enough?

The vast majority of people wish they knew how to respond and understand these confusing letters from the VA.

Why do they make it so hard to get this financial assistance?

Hundreds of people have turned to an Aid and Attendance Handbook from Veterans Care Advisors to get these answers, and more.   Understanding what the VA wants when you apply for the Aid and Attendance (just one of the little-known veteran benefits) can make the difference between a faster approval or even getting approved.

In the example above – Checking one box will add 4 months onto the claim processing where checking the other box will result in you getting your financial assistance within 60 days. Which box should you check – and why? http://www.VeteransCareAdvisors.com provides the answer to this question along with real samples of the numerous letters the VA will send you.

There is an easier way to get the money you deserve from the VA with all the answers to your questions.GiBill.Va.Gov

Greg Cook is a consultant with extensive experience dealing with governmental agencies in the financial world and with major non-profit organizations. He has helped hundreds of senior citizens successfully navigate the long term care industry.

He is a senior advocate, geriatric care manager and a Certified Senior Advisor. To learn more about how to qualify for up to $1,843 per month in VA financial assistance, visit Mr. Cook’s website; Veterans Care Advisors dot com.