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About Applying for VA Benefits

Learn about how to apply for veterans benefits including health and life insurance, GI bill and related benefits, and more.

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Health Care: VA’s Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care network in the United States, with 1,255 health care facilities serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year. Veterans Benefits: Veterans can earn a range of benefits that help them transition back to civilian life in the country they fought to defend. Through the Veterans Benefits Administration, VA helps service members transition out of military service, and assists with education, home loans, life insurance and much more.

Financial Information Serving Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families

CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) works to help military families overcome unique financial challenges by providing educational resources, monitoring complaints, and working with other agencies to solve problems faced by servicemembers.

Find a HRSA Community Health Center

Search for HRSA Funded Health Centers

Find State Benefits

Need more help? Find out if you may be eligible for Louisiana government benefits with this Benefit Navigator.

Help for Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Their Families

PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.

Life Insurance Program for Veterans and Servicemembers

As part of our mission to serve Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families, VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is protected. VA’s life insurance programs were developed to provide financial security for your family given the extraordinary risks involved in military service.

Military Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse, and Neglect - The Family Advocacy Program

The Family Advocacy Program, or FAP, is the Department of Defense program designated to address domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect, and problematic sexual behavior in children and youth. FAP is delivered through the military services who work in coordination with key military components and civilian agencies to: Prevent abuse, Encourage early identification and prompt reporting, Promote victim safety and empowerment, Provide appropriate treatment for affected service members and their families. The Family Advocacy Program, or FAP, provides clinical and non-clinical services to prevent and respond to domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect and problematic sexual behavior in children and youth. FAP’s top priority is safety for individuals and families in the military community who may be at risk for, or experiencing, abuse. FAP also works with service members and their families to encourage healthy, violence-free relationships and nurturing parenting.

Military OneSource Voluntary Education Websites for Service Members

These resources offer information on federal grants and loans, scholarships for injured service members and other education tools.

Name and Gender Marker Change Legal Navigator

Not sure what to do if you want to change your name or gender marker? Do you have legal documents you would like to update with your legal name and/or gender marker? Try the Name and Gender Marker Change Navigator. Answer a few questions about yourself and your situation to get customized legal information, local court forms, referrals to legal aid, and more. Available for information about the legal name change process, whether you qualify to get a name change court order, and changing legal documents with your name and/or gender including your birth certificate, Social Security Administration, Driver's License/ID, U.S. Passport, Military/Veteran Records, Immigration, Health Insurance Documents, Other (Banks, Credit Cards, Employer, etc.)

Online Resources for Veterans

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program online resource library

Representing Yourself in Court: Your Rights and Responsibilities

Tips if you must handle your legal issue on your own without a lawyer. This document is strictly for informational purposes, it does not include legal advice.

Rights for Veterans and Military Families

Check out statesidelegal.org, a site with many resources for those serving in the military and their families. Use this legal assistance directory to find legal help near you.

Senior Work-Based Job Training

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work-based job training program for older Americans. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides training for low-income, unemployed seniors. Participants also have access to employment assistance through American Job Centers. Participants must be at least 55, unemployed, and have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level. Enrollment priority is given to veterans and qualified spouses, then to individuals who are over 65, have a disability, have low literacy skills or limited English proficiency, reside in a rural area, are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have low employment prospects, or have failed to find employment after using services through the American Job Center system.

VA Forms Online

Search for a VA form by keyword, form name, or form number.

Veteran (VA) Death Pension Benefits For Dependents and Survivors

The Veterans Benefits Administration offers a variety of benefits and services to spouses, children, and parents of Servicemembers and Veterans who are deceased or totally and permanently disabled by a service-connected disability.

Veteran VA Health Care Eligibility

With VA health care, you’re covered for regular checkups with your primary care provider and appointments with specialists (like cardiologists, gynecologists, and mental health providers). You can access Veterans health care services like home health and geriatric (elder) care, and you can get medical equipment, prosthetics, and prescriptions. Find out how to apply for and manage the health care benefits you've earned.

Your Benefit Rights as Part of Military Reserve

The Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has information for veterans, National Guard, or reservists who may be activated for military service. National Guard and reserve members called to active duty and their civilian employers have certain rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). VETS has developed a fact sheet and an interactive computer program, the USERRA Advisor, which address the rights and responsibilities of individuals and their employers under the law. These tools, and other USERRA information can be found on the VETS Web site.

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