Military veterans are entitled to certain benefits along with their pension plans. These benefits are meant to help veterans integrate back into civilian life, come to terms with the trauma that they experienced as a result of their jobs, and benefit from the government. If you are a veteran of the military, you are entitled to the same benefits that any veteran is. Understanding these benefits will help you take advantage of them and ensure that you are not cheated out of them. If you feel that you are not getting the benefits that you are entitled to, you should contact a lawyer with experience in military law immediately.
As veterans and lawyers, the attorneys at Bansley Anthony are qualified to help you understand and take advantage of your veteran benefits. If you have any questions about your benefits, please contact us here for more information. We are happy to discuss your benefit options with you.
Major Veteran Benefits
There are a few major benefits that you will receive as a veteran of the military. They include:
- Pension Program.
- Disability Compensation.
- Medical Care through VA facilities and hospitals.
- Educational Programs.
Let’s take a look at each of these benefits individually.
We have discussed in length the retirement and pension plan process on this page, but to recap, it is important to know that there are four major types of retirement plans. They are the disability retirement plan, the REDUX retirement plan, the High-36 plan, and the final pay method. You will be entered into a pension plan based on your military service and the time at which you entered the military. For example, if you have been injured on duty, you will receive the disability retirement plan, which is the plan that gives the most money to recipients. If you are on active retirement duty, you will be entered into the REDUX program. If you enlisted before September 8th, 1980, you will receive the last pay plan, and if you entered the military on or after this date, you will have the High-36 retirement plan. You can learn more by checking out our pension plan page or contacting us.
If you are a veteran who was injured while on duty, you can qualify for $3,100 or more in monthly benefits from the military. If you were injured or contracted a disease while on active duty, or if active duty made existing illnesses or injuries worse, you might qualify for these benefits. Another way to receive disability compensation is if you have been injured due to VA health care. Disability compensation is tax-free. Learn more by contacting our office.
Veterans Affairs Health Care
You do not give up your health care benefits when you become a veteran of the military. Instead, the Department of Veterans Affairs must provide all eligible veterans with necessary outpatient and hospital care services. As a veteran, you qualify for the following services for a low cost or for free from the Department of Veterans Affairs:
- Medical supplies.
- Medical services.
You may only get health care for “needed” services. Your health care provider will use his or her judgment to determine what is truly “needed” and what is not necessary. To see if your injury or illness qualifies you for VA health care, contact us here.
As a veteran of the military, you qualify for a GI Bill, which will allow you to receive an education benefit from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligible veterans will have the cost of education or training for a job covered by the government.
Most veterans qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB). With the MGIB, you can pay for:
- An apprenticeship.
- Job training.
- Flight training.
- Certification tests.
- Business courses.
- Vocational courses.
- Correspondence courses.
You will be eligible for the MGIB if you have served two or more years of active duty, you have contributed $100 per month to the Bill for your first 12 years on active duty, and if you have a high school diploma or an equivalent certificate.
Other benefits that military veterans are entitled to include:
- Support for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Job Training.
- Home Loans.
- Business Loans.
Each veteran’s service is different. For this reason, you may not be eligible for all of the benefits discussed on this page. However, if you are eligible for any of the benefits listed here, you should not have any difficulty receiving them. If you do experience difficulty, or if the Department of Veteran’s Affairs tries to claim that you are not eligible for a particular benefit, you should contact Bansley Anthony. We can protect your benefits as lawyers and as fellow veterans. We believe that every veteran is entitled to his or her benefits. Contact us here to make sure that you receive your benefits!