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Veterans’ benefits are those administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to which you and, in some cases, your family may be entitled once you have departed the military.

Your eligibility for various benefits is generally based on two factors: (a) length or period of military service, and (b) other than dishonorable discharge. Dishonorable or bad conduct discharges issued by a general court martial are a bar to veterans benefits.


The following is a list of the major VA benefits. Be aware that there are specific eligibility criteria for each benefit.

  1. Compensation for service-connected disability
  2. Pension for non service-connected, permanent and total disability
  3. Medical care
  4. Vocational rehabilitation and employment services
  5. Education and training
  6. Home loan assistance
  7. Life insurance

The following is a list of VA benefits for certain dependents and survivors of veterans. There are specific eligibility criteria for each benefit.

  1. Burial-related benefits on the veteran’s death
  2. Dependency and indemnity compensation for service-connected death
  3. Pension for non service-connected death
  4. Medical care
  5. Education and training
  Disabled Transition Assistance Program Workshops
  A component of the TAP Workshop is the Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP) Workshop. The DTAP Workshop provides individuals separating due to a service connected disability or those being medically discharged with additional information about disability benefits and vocational guidance with respect to their job search. Separating members with disabilities should attend the Disabled Transition Assistance Program Workshop, which runs for a half-day.
  Veterans Affairs Counselors Overseas
  The Department of Defense (DoD) with the support of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides veteran services and counseling to separating Service members assigned overseas in the European and Pacific Theatres as well as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

More information is available on the Internet at the VA home page (www.va.gov) or by calling 1 (800) 827-1000 to reach the VA Regional Office nearest you.

Veterans’ Entrepreneurship Opportunities Woman Reading
Congress has established legislation tailored for veterans to do business with the government and has defined the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) role in assisting veterans through business counseling and technical assistance programs. Under this legislation, the SBA has developed distance-learning tools and training for veterans and conducted studies on veteran-owned small businesses. The SBA has designed online classrooms tailored to the entrepreneurial needs of veterans as part of the agency’s small business classroom distance learning initiative. The following is provided as information for those interested in pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has an office dedicated to helping veterans open or expand a small business. Established in 2001, it’s called the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE). The staff helps veterans access free help services to get their business established and to locate start-up capital. Once the veteran has established the business, the CVE staff helps locate procurement opportunities through a network of corporate and intergovernmental veterans business advocates. Federal agencies and large Federal contractors have specific duties to support enterprising veterans through prime and subcontracting work and direct employment opportunities.To learn about specific services, visit the Resources section of this website.

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