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Veterans Resource Directory
Federal VA Benefits
VA Regional Offices
VA Regional Offices are responsible for delivering five major benefit programs as well as other services to veterans and their dependents. The benefits include disability compensation and pension, vocational rehabilitation and employment, education, insurance and home loan guaranty. Veterans may call the toll free number or visit the VA Regional Office for more information. Veterans with internet access may also apply online for benefits.
VONAPP (Veterans On Line Applications)
Apply for VA benefits online
VA Compensation and Pension
Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated during active military service. Pension benefits are paid for non-service connected disabilities. Eligibility requirements for disability benefits can be obtained from a VA Regional Office, online or through a veteran service organization.
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides training and rehabilitation for veterans with VA service-connected disabilities. The VR&E program is an employment oriented program that helps veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable employment.
VA Education Benefits
VA provides education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill, the Veterans Educational Assistance Program, the Dependents Educational Assistance Program and the Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve. Additional information can be obtained from a VA Regional Office, online or through the toll-free number.
Telephone: (888) 442-4551
VA Home Loan Guaranty
Veterans can apply for a VA loan with any mortgage lender that participates in the VA home loan program. VA guaranteed loans are offered by private lenders, like banks, savings & loans, or mortgage companies to eligible veterans for the purchase of a home for personal occupancy. Veterans are exempted from a down payment.
Telephone: (888) 244-6711
There are currently eight life insurance programs with four programs open to new issues. Two of the programs (Service Disabled Veterans Insurance and Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance) are specifically designed for disabled veterans. The other two programs (Servicemembers Group Life Insurance and Veterans Group Life Insurance) are administered by a private company under the supervision of VA.
Telephone: (800) 669-8477
New York State Division of Veterans' Affairs **
New York State Benefits include Blind Annuity, Tax Exemptions, Education Assistance, Burial Benefits, State Veteran Nursing Homes, Counseling Services, certain Licenses and Permits, and State Medals.
Telephone: (888)838-7697 or (888)-VETS-NYS
New Jersey Veterans Affairs *
New Jersey State Benefits include Catastrophic Entitlement, Tax Exemptions, Education Assistance, State Veteran Cemeteries, State Veteran Nursing Homes, certain Licenses and Permits, and State Medals.
Telephone: Veterans Benefits Hotline (888)-8NJ-VETS
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