Today, former POWs are generally entitled to a presumption of service connection for eight diseases, regardless of the length of captivity, if manifested to a degree of 10% or more after discharge or release from active military, naval, or air service.
Financial assistance, in the form of a grant, is available to purchase a new or used automobile to accommodate a veteran or service member with certain disabilities that resulted from an injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service.
Specially Adapted Housing Program
The Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) program offers grants to certain service members and veterans with severe service connected disabilities to assist them in building, remodeling, or purchasing an adapted home.
Enhanced/Special Monthly Pension
Higher monthly pension for recipients who are housebound or require the assistance of others.
Special Monthly Compensation
VA can pay more compensation to a veteran who lost the use of specific organs or body parts due to military service.
Survivors Pension (Formerly Death Pension)
This pension, like the others, is an income-based program available to surviving spouses and/or minor children of wartime veterans. The maximum rate is set by Congress, and all other income is considered when assessing the individual eligibility. However, the VA will also allow income reduction through the use of out-of-pocket medical expenses. Additional amounts may be paid for eligible dependents.
Dependency Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
DIC is payable to the surviving spouse and/or minor children of veterans whose death has been adjudicated by VA as being “service connected.” Along with monthly payments, eligible survivors may receive health care coverage through CHAMPVA and education benefits under Chapter 35, Dependents Educational Assistance.
These benefits vary, depending upon the period and length of service. There are numerous educational programs including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
Available to service connected veterans once a service connected rating has been determined.
These benefits are payable to dependents of veterans who were receiving VA compensation or VA pension payments at the time of death. All veterans whose service was honorable are entitled to a VA grave marker and a burial flag with military honors at their funeral service. If desired, a VA medallion that can be affixed to a monument may be issued rather than a standard grave marker.
Monroe County Death Benefit
As of June 28, 2022, and retroactive to January 1, 2022, the Monroe County Veterans Service Office will provide a death benefit of a one-time payment of $500.00 payable to (in order of preference) the spouse of the veteran, a child of the veteran or the party providing payment of the veteran’s funeral expenses.
To obtain this benefit the veteran must have been a resident of Monroe County at least 90 days immediately prior to their death. Documentation required includes a copy of the veteran’s report of separation form (DD-214) showing a discharge under conditions other than dishonorable, VA disability or pension award letter(s) (if applicable) and a copy of the death certificate. Also required are the following documentation from the beneficiary; a marriage certificate if the spouse, a birth certificate of the child or a funeral receipt or statement if other payer of funeral expenses. Benefit claim must be made within two years of the veteran’s death or the benefit will be forfeited.
VA Home Loans are provided by private lenders, such as banks and mortgage companies. The VA guarantees a portion of the loan, enabling the lender to provide you with more favorable terms.
Individual Unemployability (IU) is part of the VA’s disability compensation program that allows the VA to pay certain veterans compensation at the 100% rate, even though the VA has not rated their service connected disabilities at the 100% level.
The VA presumes that specific disabilities diagnosed in certain veterans were caused by their military service. The VA does this because of the unique circumstances of their military service. If one of these conditions is diagnosed in a veteran in one of these groups, the VA presumes that the circumstances of his/her service caused the condition, and disability compensation can be awarded.
Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
Some veterans may have experienced personal assault or sexual trauma while serving in the military. These kinds of experiences can sometimes affect veterans’ mental and physical health, even many years later. Veterans can apply for disability compensation for any current difficulties that are related to their service, including difficulties related to personal assault or military sexual trauma (MST). You do not need a VA service connected disability rating to be eligible for free MST-related treatment through the VA. No documentation is required to receive MST-related treatment.
The VA can pay certain benefits to veterans who are incarcerated in a Federal, State, or local penial institution; however, the amount the VA can pay depends on the type of benefit and reason for incarceration.
The fiduciary program provides oversight of the VA’s most vulnerable beneficiaries who are unable to manage their VA benefits because of injury, disease, the infirmities of advanced age, or under 18 years of age. The VA appoints fiduciaries who manage the VA benefits for these beneficiaries and conducts oversight of the VA appointed fiduciaries to ensure that they are meeting the needs of the beneficiaries they serve.