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Welcome to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and thank you for your service to our country. The VA was established for one purpose

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan…"– by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

Abraham Lincoln

Benefits and Services Available

VA provides a wide range of benefits including, Disability, Education and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loan Guaranty, Dependant and Survivor Benefits, Medical Treatment, Life Insurance and Burial Benefits. VA Benefits in Brief is a printable document that provides an at-a-glance description of VA benefits, as well as contact phone numbers and locations.

Eligibility for VA Benefits

You may be eligible for VA benefits if you are a:

  • Veteran, Veteran's dependent
  • Surviving spouse, child or parent of a deceased Veteran
  • Uniformed service member
  • Present or former reservist or National Guard member

How to Apply for VA Benefits

VA has several ways to apply for your benefits depending on your category and status.

  • The Pre-Discharge Program

  • A joint VA and Department of Defense (DoD) program that affords service members the opportunity to file claims for disability compensation up to 180 days prior to separation or retirement from active duty or full time National Guard or Reserve duty (Titles 10 and 32). Read more on the Pre-Discharge Program.

  • The VONAPP (Veterans On Line Application)

  • The VONAPP web site is an official VA web site that enables service members, veterans and their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for benefits using the Internet.

  • Apply at your Local Regional Offices

  • VA regional offices can assist you with filing the appropriate VA forms. In addition VSO's (Veteran Service Organizations) can assist you as well by answering general question and even petitioning on your behalf for services they believe you are qualified to receive.

Active Duty
Surviving Spouse/Child/Parent
Veteran/Veteran Dependant
Pre-Discharge Program
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VONAPP
VONAPP
VONAPP
Local Regional Offices
Local Regional Offices
Local Regional Offices

VA Structure

The Department is structured into three main service lines which provide the following benefits:

Veterans Benefits Administration

–All VA benefits - Compensation, Education, Home Loan Guaranty, etc.

–Administered by VA Regional Office

Locate a Regional Office

Veterans Health Administration

–All VA health care services

–Administered by VA Medical Centers, Ambulatory Care & Community Based Outpatient Clinics, etc.

Locate a Medical Facility.

National Cemetery Administration

–National and State Veterans Cemeteries

–Headstones , Markers & Presidential Memorial Certificates

Request burial in a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemetery

Information and Assistance

For more information about specific benefits, visit your nearest VA regional office or call one of our toll-free numbers.

Toll-Free Services

Benefits Information & Assistance 800-827-1000
Health Care 877-222-8387
Education & Training 888-442-4551
VA Life Insurance 800-669-8477
Office of SGLI 800-419-1473
CHAMPVA 800-733-8387
Helpline (Agent Orange & Gulf War) 800-749-8387
Direct Deposit 877-838-2778
Headstones (status of claims only) 800-697-6947
Telecommunication Device for Deaf (TDD) 800-829-4833

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    1-800-827-1000
  • Health Care:
    1-877-222-VETS (8387)
  • VA Inspector General: 1-800-488-8244
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

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