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Veterans Benefits For Dummies

Veterans Benefits For Dummies

Rod Powers

ISBN: 978-0-470-48039-7

Feb 2009

384 pages



Saving veterans and their families from months of phone calls and internet searches, Veterans Benefits For Dummies outlines the various programs that the VA and other government agencies have in place as well as the procedures for filing applications, claims, and appeals for these benefits which include:
* Health care
* Ongoing care for wounded and disabled vets
* Education assistance
* Vocational rehabilitation
* Life insurance
* Home loan guarantees
* Pensions
* Survivors' benefits
* Burial benefits

Introduction 1

Part I: Benefitting From Benefits 7

Chapter 1: The Wonderful World of Veterans Benefits 9

Chapter 2: Determining Veteran Status and Qualifying for Benefits 17

Chapter 3: Navigating Your Way through the Red Tape of Claims and Appeals 35

Part II: A Healthy Look at Medical Care and Compensation Programs 55

Chapter 4: Veterans Affairs Healthcare 57

Chapter 5: Tricare: The Military’s Health Insurance 79

Chapter 6: Disability Compensation and Pensions 93

Chapter 7: Getting Your Military Retirement Pay 115

Chapter 8: Carrying On: Payments and Benefits for Survivors 129

Chapter 9: Burial and Memorial Benefits 149

Part III: Understanding Education and Employment Programs 169

Chapter 10: Advancing Your Education through the GI Bill 171

Chapter 11: Aid and Vocational Training for Disabled and Homeless Veterans 195

Chapter 12: Veterans’ Job Preference & Small Business Loans 211

Part IV: Home Is Where the Hear t Is — Except When You’re Traveling! 225

Chapter 13: Financing Your Dream House: VA Home Loan Guarantees 227

Chapter 14: There’s No Place Like (A Military Retirement) Home 237

Chapter 15: Shopping Until You Drop 251

Chapter 16: Things to Do, Places to See: Travel Benefits 265

Part V: The Part of Tens 287

Chapter 17: Ten Places to Get Help with Veterans Benefits 289

Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Avoiding Problems with Your VA Benefit Claims 295

Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Traveling via the Military 299

Part VI: Appendixes 303

Index 357