Veterans Benefits Newsletter
Prepare Your Taxes with Free AARP Aide
With tax season approaching, prepare now with the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Service.
The volunteer-run program helps the military community file state and
federal tax returns. Trained Tax-Aide volunteers are nationwide and
IRS-certified each year to ensure they understand the latest changes and
additions to the tax code. Tax-Aide is free and available either
virtually or in-person (by appointment only) to all Veterans, service members, and their families regardless of age or whether they are AARP members.
New Toxic Exposure Screening for Veterans
Veterans who enroll or are enrolled in VA health care, can now receive the toxic exposure screening at VA medical centers and clinics across the country. During your
screening, if you believe you experienced toxic exposures during your
military service, you may be connected to resources and encouraged to file a disability claim.
Education Benefits for Survivors & Dependents
you’re the child or spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died,
is captured or missing, or is rated permanently and totally disabled,
you may be able to get help paying for school or job training through
the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program,
also called Chapter 35. Find out if you're eligible for DEA.
Disability Housing Grants Available for Veterans
and service members with certain service-connected disabilities can
receive housing grants from VA to buy, build, or modify a home to meet
their needs and live more independently. Changes to your home may
involve installing ramps, widening doorways, and more. Find out if you’re eligible for a disability housing grant and how to apply.
Free Lifetime Access to National Parks
the Interagency Military Lifetime Pass, Veterans and their families can
enjoy free access to approximately 2,000 public locations spread out
across more than 400 million acres of public lands. A pass can be
obtained in person while visiting a participating site or online through
the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Online Store. Learn more about the pass and if you're eligible.
Resources for Wounded Warriors
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) knows every Veteran has unique challenges and goals. That’s why WWP
provides a variety of support services and programs to help in the
biggest areas of need – spanning isolation, mental health, wellness,
career counseling, and more. What's more, all WWP programs and services
are free of charge to warriors and their families, so you never pay a
penny to get the help you need to build the future you deserve.
Update Your Insurance Beneficiary
Is your beneficiary information up to date with VA? Review your beneficiary information at least once a year to make sure everything is current. This makes it
easier for your family to file a claim and receive benefits quickly!