All veterans are worthy of our sincerest gratitude for their service to our country. Many veterans have risked their lives and health, but some benefits available to them go unclaimed.
Here are some benefits available to all veterans and some that are specific to those who served in Vietnam.
1. Agent Orange health registry exam — Veterans who served in Vietnam or some areas of Korea and Thailand could be susceptible to health issues from Agent Orange exposure, says the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA offers a free health exam for qualified veterans to help them discover and address more effectively any related health issues.
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2. Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment — Veterans, especially those with service-related disabilities, are eligible for career counseling, employment services, and vocational training. For those who are seriously disabled, the VA offers services to help them live as independently as possible, says Veterans Today.
3. Death pension — If a deceased veteran’s spouse has not remarried and has a very low income, they may be eligible for a death pension, according to Caring.com. If the veteran had at least 90 days of active service, the pension can provide as much as $625 per month based on financial need.
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4. Compensation to children of Veterans exposed to Agent Orange — According to the VA, children of these veterans could face several birth defects, including spina bifida. If they do, they may be eligible for benefits that include monetary compensation, healthcare, and vocational rehabilitation benefits.
5. Home loans — Not only are veterans eligible for home loans for a primary residence and loans to refinance existing mortgages, they may also be eligible for funds to modify homes and cars in the event of disability, says Caring.com. These loans or grants can help make homes and cars accessible.
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