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Veterans Celebrated, Resources for Them Highlighted
As Military Appreciation Month - an observance dedicated to honoring and thanking the many men and women who’ve served the U.S. and who’ve risked their lives fighting to protect our freedom - drew to a close in May, Benefits.gov shined a spotlight on the numerous resources designed to specifically support eligible veterans in a wide range of areas.
According to Benefits.gov, which serves millions of veterans each year, the U.S. federal government offers myriad tools to help veterans.
For example, the National Veterans’ Foundation, nvf.org, keeps an extensive listing of information on its resources page. These resources, many offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), va.gov, via its Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), can support a veteran with varying needs, from finding a career or a home or help with even legal needs.
The VA also lists a wide range of veteran communities, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP).
Many of the benefits and resources available to veterans are provided through the VA’s eBenefits portal. These benefits cover a multitude of categories such as health, pension, education and much more. Through eBenefits, one can manage applications, as well as existing benefits they’re already receiving. It’s also possible to make appointments for medical check-ups at a local VA provider.
Via eBenefits one can also access personnel files and medical records that have been shared with the VA. In addition to the eBenefits portal, the VA also maintains a long list of benefits at the National Resource Directory (NRD), nrd.gov, that can support veterans and their families.
While there are a number of resources for our veterans provided by the VA, there are also a significant amount of resources provided by other federal agencies.
Benefits.gov provides a robust listing for a majority of these cross-agency programs, organized into specific categories on the site, including Veterans Social Security, benefits.gov/benefits/browse-by-category/category/60, Veterans Loans, benefits.gov/benefits/browse-by-category/category/7, and Military: Active Duty and Veterans, benefits.gov/benefits/browse-by-category/category/30.
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