While military spouses aren’t necessarily being deployed or entering dangerous territory to protect our nation, a military spouse plays a vital role in the life of their servicemember. Because of all they do for our nation’s veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers many comparable veterans services and benefits to spouses as they do to the veterans themselves. If you missed our previous blog, be sure to check back for an introduction to the available options for veterans services for spouses. This includes services like home loan and refinancing assistance, healthcare benefits, and life insurance coverage. But that’s not all! Other spousal benefits provided by the V.A. include:
Many of those currently serving in the U.S. Military are doing so, at least in part, because of the educational benefits they’ll receive. For any veteran not using the benefits themselves, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill can be transferred to spouses and dependents, who will receive the same tuition coverage and B.A.H. allocation. In addition, there are also scholarships and other educational assistance available to spouses and dependents.
Once you or your loved one has that degree in hand—or even before choosing an educational or vocational training program—the V.A. can help you along your way. Through the V.A.Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance program, qualified individuals can get career counseling, academic counseling, and other personal support to help you along the way to your chosen career path.
Benefits Throughout Life
For those already done with school and retired, those educational benefits are not going to be of much use. In addition to the veteran services we have already discussed, there are benefits and services available throughout life and for those later in life. These include:
- Disability compensation – This provides financial assistance in relation to the economic loss caused by a servicemember’s death while serving, or in relation to a service-connected disability.
- Pension – Surviving spouses may be eligible for a servicemember’s pension, based on certain qualifications, like time served, net worth, and income.
- Memorial Benefits – Spouses and dependents may be eligible for burial services in one of the national cemeteries across the nation, even if the servicemember isn’t buried there.
- Aid and Attendance – This is a pension available for veterans and spouses who need a certain level of care for daily living and generally works in conjunction with a veteran’s pension. It can also offer assistance in conjunction with the V.A. death benefits.
Veteran services can be notoriously difficult to navigate and apply for. The team at Patriot Angels is here to help you find and apply for all of the veteran services and benefits you are eligible for. We can help you determine whether you or a loved one is eligible for the Aid and Attendance Pension, apply for the assistance, and even provide legal representation if you need it. Want to learn more about how we can help? Contact us today to get started and get the benefits and services you have earned.