Health & Safety

Topics covered include health insurance, medical care & leave, and filing claims based on MST , PTSD , or TBI. 

VA pension

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Surviving Spouses and Children

Learn about this tax-free monthly benefit paid by the VA to certain eligible survivors of military servicemembers and veterans.
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TRICARE - Health Care for Service Members and Others

Learn about TRICARE, who is eligible, the options available, and how much it could cost.

VA medical and pharmacy copayments cancelled through Sept. 30, 2021

Read here about the American Rescue Plan's debt relief and cancellation and refund of copayments made to VHA for medical and pharmacy care from April 6, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

BREAKING: The SAVE LIVES Act is signed into law!

The SAVE LIVES Act allows the VA to vaccinate ALL veterans, veteran spouses, caregivers, and CHAMPVA recipients against COVID-19.  
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"Service Animals" and "Assistance Animals:" What Are My Rights?

Learn about the federal laws that support people in need of a service animal.
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VA Caregiver Support

VA has changed its rules to provide additional support to eligible post-9/11 Veterans who want to be cared for at home from a primary family caregiver.

Under the new rules, eligible caregivers can receive a financial stipend, training, mental health services, and access to health insurance if they are not already under a health care plan.

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Your Rights Under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (video)

View this video to learn the basics about how the federal law provides extra leave for some workers, including time to care for injured servicemembers.

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The Homeless Veteran's Resource Guide

Many organizations provide support to homeless veterans.  These services include housing, food programs, educational opportunities, counselling and legal help. Open the attached document to find a comprehensive listing of resources and links. 

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Was your MST-Related VA Benefit Claim Denied? Learn about Special Review Process

How to get your previously denied VA Compensation claim reviewed.

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VA Survivors Pension

A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans. See here if you might be eligible and how to apply.