The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers numerous programs providing general benefits to Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families. Whether you are retired or actively on duty, the VA exists to help you and your family in all aspects of life — from healthcare to education opportunities, from rehabilitation services to disability compensation, from home loans to pensions, and more.
The VA offers many types of military benefits, so it can be difficult to know what you may qualify for, or where to get started. Here, learn about the benefits the VA offers, how to apply, and how to manage the VA benefits and services you have earned.
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs provides benefits and services to Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families through two principal programs: The Veterans Benefits Administration, and the Veterans Health Administration.
The Veterans Benefits Administration, or VBA, provides a wide range of services through various programs. The primary services they provide are:
Compensation Services: Veterans can be eligible for tax-free cash payments to compensate for disabilities that are the result of disease or injury incurred during active military service.
Pension and Fiduciary Services: Veterans, families, and survivors can receive supplemental income through multiple pension programs.
Insurance Services: The VBA offers life insurance for Veterans and their families.
Education Services: Eligible Veterans, Active Duty members, National Guard, Reserve Servicemembers, and dependents can earn degrees, receive student loan help, and participate in other education and training programs.
Loan Guaranty Services: These services offer Veteran housing assistance. By purchasing a home under the VA Guaranteed Home Loan Program, you will receive guaranteed home loan rates and mortgage assistance. And, disabled Veterans have access to specially adapted housing grants.
The Office of Transition and Economic Development: This VBA program helps Servicemembers transition into civilian life with VA benefits, services, and programs.
Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) Services: Servicemembers or Veterans with a service-connected disability get help finding employment, starting a business, and accessing independent-living services. This program will help ensure you are utilizing all the career services available to you.
Office of Field Operations (OFO): Through 56 regional offices, other district locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Philippines, and a National Call Center, Veterans can always have access to benefits.
Appeals Management Center: If you or your family are denied benefits, this program exists to help you resolve your claim and get the benefits you need as quickly as possible.