There are an abundance of different benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Of course, given the variety of different hoops to jump through and eligibility qualifications to meet, it may not actually feel like that assistance is there for you. When you add in the number of V.A. benefits that are available for spouses and dependents, that process grows even more complicated. One of the questions we hear often at Patriot Angels is, “How do I find which V.A. benefits I’m eligible for?” and the subsequent question, “How do I apply?” Unless you have a working knowledge of all the V.A.’s services and benefits for veterans and spouses, you could be missing out on valuable resources and benefits.
Finding V.A. Benefits
More often than not, we see veterans and family members turning to the V.A. for help with a specific benefit because they heard of it through a friend. This is a great start, but word of mouth only gets you so far in relation to the number of different benefits actually available. The primary way to find V.A. benefits is to wade through their website. Though, this generally works better if you have a specific idea about which benefits you need. Think of it this way: most of us don’t go to the store just to browse their wares; we go with a specific need in mind. Going to the V.A. website to just browse would probably feel like an exercise in futility. However, if you have a semi-specific need, say, looking for healthcare help, it may be easier to find the best source of assistance. Most V.A. benefits can be applied for online using their e-benefits online portal.
Real Person Assistance
Of course, this option isn’t necessarily the best for those who aren’t comfortable or at-ease with navigating the online world. If this is the case, there are a couple of different options for finding the benefits you are eligible for. One is to head to your nearest regional V.A. benefits office. Though, depending on where you live, the nearest office could very well be a decent drive and not easily accessible. In addition, there is an online option to search for a local V.A. representative. This process can be simple enough that a loved one can help those who need a bit of guidance using the computer, and will be faster than applying for assistance via mail-in form.
Here at Patriot Angels, our mission is to help our nation’s veterans and spouses meet their financial and medical needs by helping them apply for V.A. benefits. The most common process we help with is the Aid and Attendance pension, which can help pay for in-home care for veterans and surviving spouses who need regular care. To learn more about our services, you can visit our website or give us a call today and get help connecting to the benefits you’re eligible for.