Overview of Veterans’ Benefits
There are over twenty different types of benefits that are available to Veterans and their family members. Although disability benefits are the most well known of the benefits programs offered, additional services range from helping Veterans receive educational & vocational training to assisting Veterans in obtaining various types of insurance and loans. It is also important to note that there are certain benefits only available to the Veteran, and others that are intended for the Veteran’s spouse and family.
We at VSG specialize in Disability Compensation Benefits and the complex appeals process that often follows. For more information on understanding the process associated with obtaining disability compensation benefits, please visit the Navigating the VA Claims Process section of our site. The following brief overview is meant to provide a concise foundational understanding of available benefits, and is not intended to be exhaustive. For your convenience, we have divided our overview into three main sections: Veterans Disability Benefits, Benefits for Family Members and Other Benefits. Additionally, we have created pages containing Key Concepts and Definitions as well as Common Abbreviations for your reference while using our site.
In order for a Veteran to receive Disability Compensation Benefits, the Veteran must have an injury or medical condition that was either caused or aggravated by his/her active duty service. Click here to be taken to our “Disability Compensation Benefits” page and learn more about this program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Like Disability Compensation Benefits, Disability Pension Benefits also require that a Veteran be disabled or injured by a medical condition in order to receive the benefits. However, unlike Disability Compensation Benefits, Disability Pension Benefits do not require that the injury or condition be related to the Veteran’s service. Click here to be taken to our “Disability Pension Benefits” page and learn more about this program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.
Benefits for Family Members
There are a variety of VA benefits that are available to qualifying family members of both living and deceased Veterans. These include accrued benefits, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC—formerly death compensation), death pension, and other benefits. Types of qualifying family members include spouses, dependent children, and parents. Click here to be taken to our “Benefits for Family Members” page and learn more about each program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.
In addition to disability-related benefits, Veterans and eligible family members can take advantage of many other benefits. They include VA Healthcare, burial and memorial benefits, educational benefits, life insurance programs, and more. Click here to be taken to our “Other Benefits” page and learn more about each program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply.