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Veterans Resource Directory

Benefits

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.

VA Regional Offices
Buffalo Regional Office
130 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(800) 827-1000
FAX: (716) 551-3505
New York Regional Office
245 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10014
(800) 827-1000
(212) 807-7229
FAX: (212)807-4008
Newark Regional Office
20 Washington Place
Newark, NJ 07102
(800) 827-1000


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

VA Insurance
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

State Benefits

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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