veterans benefits

What the Post-9/11 GI Bill Means to You

On Aug. 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill went into effect, creating the most comprehensive education benefits program since Roosevelt signed the original bill in 1944. If you are an active member or veteran of the National Guard or Reserve, it is important that you are aware of what this new bill means to you.

Resources for Military Caregivers

More than 5.5 million military caregivers provide care for service members and veterans throughout the country.

Navigating VA Benefits for National Guard and Reserve

National Guardsman and reservists have unique challenges balancing their military service with civilian life and managing transitions between them.

Navigating the Disability Evaluation System

If your military service is cut short due to a service-related disability that occurred in the line of duty, you may be eligible to receive benefits. Federal law and military regulations require a thorough review of your case through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) to determine the level of disability and entitlement to disability retirement. Understanding the IDES process can be complicated and even stressful at times.

Veterans Affairs in the Digital Age

Health care , home loans , life insurance , educational assistance , and vocational rehabilitation are just some of the services the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has to offer. With VA offering so many programs, veterans may feel overwhelmed by such a large amount of helpful information. VA is working to make it easier for veterans to find out how and where to access these services through new and effective communication tools, including social media and a new national outreach campaign.

Veterans Affairs’ Caregiver Benefits & National Support Line

Service members returning from deployment may be coping with physical injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) or psychological health concerns such as combat stress or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can affect the entire family – particularly primary caregivers. Taking care of your veteran requires real strength. Whether it’s handling the household chores, assisting with daily hygiene activities, taking your veteran to appointments or just being there in their time of need, caregiving takes endurance, commitment and patience. You are not alone. There are resources available to help you care for your loved one, as well as provide support and help you manage the stresses that can occur with being a caregiver.

What VSOs Can Do For You

As service members transition to veteran status, they will begin to explore the services and benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Resources for Transitioning Back to School

Many members of the National Guard and reserve choose to enroll in a higher education or a vocational program while continuing to serve their country. National Guardsmen and reservists share a common bond and unique experiences that often differ from the experiences of other students at their school or university. Some individuals may experience challenges adjusting to student life, relating to their fellow classmates and navigating benefits options. Many of the benefits, resources and services available to active-duty service members are available to National Guardsmen and reservists as well.

Compensation, Pension and Other VA Benefits

There are so many resources available to Service members transitioning to veteran status, but for many it can be difficult to know where to start looking for help. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wealth of information and programs for compensation, pension and vocational rehabilitation of veterans. In order to provide you with the most useful information at your fingertips, the Real Warriors Campaign has worked with VA to answer some frequently asked questions on these topics.

Veterans Affairs Health Benefits Overview

No veteran should ever be left behind. If you are a Service member transitioning to veteran status you may know that there are many resources available to you and your family, but you may not know where to start. In order to help make your transition less daunting, the Real Warriors Campaign has worked closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to produce this three-part series to highlight the most frequently asked questions that Service members and their families have while transitioning.

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