Welcome back to the two-part blog series regarding benefits for veterans that often go unknown. In our last blog post, we touched on three of the benefits available to veterans that are either forgotten or veterans may not even be aware of. In today’s blog, we will continue to dive into a few of the benefit options that veterans can, and should, take advantage of.

Death Benefits

While death isn’t always an ideal topic of conversation, it’s something that needs to be talked about. In regards to a veteran, it’s definitely something that needs to be discussed and planned for. The primary reason for that is that there are a couple of unique benefits that are available to veterans, and it’s good to know which benefits you, or your loved one, would like to take advantage of.

For starters, you can request that there is a U.S. flag draped over the casket at the time of the funeral. You can also ask for a Presidential Memorial Certificate to honor the deceased during their service. And, last but not least, the Department of Veterans Affairs does offer free headstones or grave markers to veterans. All of these benefits are definitely things to take into consideration in advance so that the funeral can honor the veteran that has passed.

Tax Preparation

Taxes can be complicated, and when you have to factor in different sources of income, like those that some veterans may receive, taxes can become all the more difficult. If you’ve been struggling to work through your taxes as a veteran or the taxes of a loved one that is a veteran, then this is a benefit that you should definitely look into.

Free tax preparation is a benefit that is offered to veterans and their families. This particular benefit provides free tax preparation services on any local military base. Every one of the individuals that is offering these services has experience with the complicated nature that veteran and military taxes can present in regards to taxes, so they can provide you with assistance and guidance while preparing your taxes.

Housing Assistance

One of the biggest challenges in terms of finance comes in the form of housing. The good news is, there are a couple of ways that veterans can get assistance in regards to living. For starters, if you already have a mortgage and are having a hard time making the payments, you may want to look into repayment assistance through the VA. There are a few ways that they might be able to assist, so it’s always good to go directly to them to see how they can help.

The second way that you can get housing assistance as a veteran is through the list of VA foreclosures. The VA has a list of homes that have been serviced through VA loans that have been foreclosed. As a veteran, you can look through this list and purchase one of the foreclosed homes at a discounted price. This is a fantastic option when the cost of housing gets to be too much.

Contact Patriot Angels

The team at Patriot Angels is dedicated to providing veterans and their caregivers with the information and guidance that they need to make the most of the benefits that they are eligible for. If you feel like you’re not taking full advantage of the benefits available or you’re interested in seeing what benefits your loved ones could be eligible for, contact Patriot Angels. Reach out to our team today, and we’ll get started on helping you with your benefits.