Qualifying for Veterans Benefits
Unused Veterans Benefits – I read recently that only 105,000 veterans are using benefits that an estimated 2.3 million could be using. Some who qualify can get up to $2,000 or more per month.
There are strict rules, however, many veterans or their family members fall into the category.
Some people aren’t finding out about the benefits they could be getting until they just happen to talk to someone else who knows about the benefits. In the article I read, one woman didn’t know about the benefits her father could have been getting until he was 93.
If you a veteran, their spouse or child, my advice is setting up a meeting with someone at the VA. You can go online to www.va.gov and click the ‘Locations’ icon then select ‘Regional Benefits Offices’ or call 1-800-827-1000 and they could help you find the number or office you need.
In the meantime, research everything you can about what you could possibly be eligible for. Make sure you have social security numbers of those involved including dates of when the veteran was in the service. Having a good background for what benefits are available and how they work will save a whole bunch of time and hassle when you go in for a meeting. I also recommend getting a binder and notebook specifically for the veterans benefits. Keep everything together as organized as possible and be willing to learn. There are a lot of stipulations and rules, but there are also a lot of benefits that many veterans and their families aren’t taking advantage of!