How can I get a copy of my DD214 (military discharge certificate)?
Our office can assist you in obtaining a copy of your form DD214.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, appointments are encouraged so that we are able to assist each Veteran and/or his dependent in a timely manner. Our appointments are scheduled within a 2-3 hr. window and those scheduled appointments are on a first come first serve basis.
What benefits are available and how do I know if I qualify?
The laws governing Veterans Benefits are constantly changing. Contact our office to set up an appointment and obtain the most current information.
Who qualifies as a Veteran?
A person who served in the active military of the armed forces of the United States and who was released or discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
Am I or a family member eligible for VA help with assisted living or nursing home care?
There is a program by which a veteran or surviving spouse may obtain monetary assistance to help pay the cost of assisted living or nursing home. The veteran must have served at least one day during a time of war and meet certain other eligibility requirements.
My service connected disabilities have worsened. What should I do?
Veterans who are receiving compensation for service connected disabilities that have worsened should apply for an increase in compensation by contacting this office.
My disabilities are not service connected. Do I qualify for any help from Veterans Affairs?
Veterans seeking health care through a VA Medical Center are placed into one of eight priority groups based on percentage of service connected disability and/or financial status.
What type of burial or memorial benefits am I eligible for?
All veterans who were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions are eligible for a grave marker or headstone provided by Veterans Affairs and burial in a National Cemetery. Assistance with the cost of funeral expenses may be available to families of certain veterans in receipt of compensation or pension through VA at the time of death.
Do I qualify for property tax exemption?
Only veterans that are rated as 100% Permanent and Totally disabled are eligible for this benefit.
Am I entitled to surviving spouse benefits if I am divorced from the Veteran?
No, once you divorce a Veteran, the VA no longer considers you to be the surviving spouse.
Where can I get my discharge papers certified?
You can stop by our office and we can certify the discharge for you.
What VA benefits are my spouse entitled to once I pass away?
Spousal benefits are not automatic at the time of a Veteran's death. It is possible that the surviving spouse would be eligible for either DIC or pension benefits depending on the circumstances. Our office would be glad to go over these.
I served in the National Guard, am I eligible for VA benefits or medical benefits?
Reservists who serve on active duty establish Veteran status and may be eligible for the full-range of VA benefits, depending on the length of active military service and a discharge or release from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. In addition, reservists not activated may qualify for some VA benefits.
National Guard members can establish eligibility for VA benefits if activated for federal service during a period of war or domestic emergency. Activation for other than federal service does not qualify guard members for all VA benefits.
What is net worth?
Net worth means the net value of the assets of the Veteran and his or her dependents. It includes such assets as bank accounts, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, some annuities and trust funds and any property other than the Veteran's residence and a reasonable lot area.
There is no set limit on how much net worth a Veteran and his or her dependents can have, but net worth cannot be excessive. The decision as to whether a Veteran's net worth is excessive depends on the facts of each individual case.
How do I request replacement awards and medals?
The Veteran or next of kin can request replacement awards or medals. You can do so by visiting our office.
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