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Question:
Are my Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits taxable?

Answer:
Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits paid to the veteran or the family are not taxable.

Question:
How do I know if I am eligible for a Veterans Administration (VA) home loan?

Answer:
In general, you are eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) home loan veteran benefits if you served on active duty in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable after either 90 days or more (any part of which occurred during wartime), or 181 continuous days or more (peacetime). If you are enlisted and your service began after September 7, 1980, or you are an officer and service began after October 16, 1981, you must have completed either: 24 continuous months or more, or the full period for which ordered to active duty, but not less than 90 days (any part during wartime) or 181 continuous days (peacetime). There are several other conditions under which you may be eligible for a VA home loan. Contact your local VA benefits office for more information or visit their Home Loan Guarantee Services page of their website at http://www.homeloans.va.gov/.

Question:
What is meant by "Veteran's Preference" when applying for a job?

Answer:
Veteran's Preference is an employment right of veterans applying for specific government positions. It gives veterans certain hiring preferences over other equally qualified applicants.

Question:
What is the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)?

Answer:
The Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) is an organization of war veterans committed to ensuring rights, remembering sacrifices, promoting patriotism, performing community services and advocating for a strong national defense. Members include those who served honorably in the U.S. armed forces in a foreign war or overseas operation recognized by a campaign medal, in Korea after June 30, 1949, and recipients of hostile-fire or imminent danger pay.

Question:
What kind of employment benefits and rights do I have as a veteran?

Answer:
There are a number of employment-related benefits for veterans such as: unemployment compensation for discharged service members for a limited period of time, employment and training information through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Veteran’s Workforce Investment Program, State Employment Services, Veterans Preference for certain Federal jobs, certain re-employment rights for individuals who left a civilian job to enter active duty in the armed forces, etc. Contact the Veterans Administration for more information.

Question:
What type of services and aids are available for blind veterans?

Answer:
There are a number of services and aids available to blind veterans to include: admission to a Veterans Administration (VA) blind rehabilitation center or clinic; disability compensation; adjustment to blindness training; improvements and structural alterations to homes; specially adapted housing; electronic and mechanical aids including adaptive computers; guide dogs and the expense of training the veteran to use the dog and the cost of the dog's medical care; talking books, tapes and Braille literature, etc. Contact you local Veterans Administration Health Benefits coordinator for more information.

Question:
Where can I find out about Veteran's Education benefits?

Answer:
There are many educational benefits available to veterans such as scholarships, work study programs, and loans. Contact your nearest Veterans Administration (VA) Benefits office for more information, or visit their website at http://www.va.gov.

Question:
Where do dependents and survivors of veterans receive medical care?

Answer:
When an active duty sponsor dies, surviving family members remain eligible for TRICARE benefits at the active duty dependent rates for a three-year period. At the end of the three-year period, TRICARE eligibility continues, but at the retiree dependent rates. The surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died from a VA-rated service connected disability would be covered under CHAMPVA, a medical program through which the Department of Veterans Affairs helps pay the cost of medical services for eligible veterans, veteran’s dependents, and survivors of veterans. Contact your regional TRICARE contract representative or VA Benefits office for more information.

Question:
Who is eligible for military funeral honors?

Answer:
The following are eligible for military funeral honors: Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve; former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable; former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable; and former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.

Question:
Who is eligible for Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)?

Answer:
Those eligible for VGLI include: most individuals who had Service members Group Life Insurance (SGLI) and are being released from active duty; members of the Ready Reserves insured under SGLI who are being separated or released from drilling assignment, service members assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) or the Inactive National Guard (ING); members of the Public Health Service (PHS) or Inactive Reserve Corps (IRC); or members who had part-time SGLI and who, while on duty (or traveling directly to or from duty), suffered an injury or disability that rendered them uninsurable at standard premium rates.
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