HELPFUL LINKS FOR VETERANS
Life Insurance
Honorably discharged veterans with service-connected
disabilities may qualify for insurance. The Insurance programs
developed to provide benefits for veterans who may not be able
to get insurance from private companies because of the extra
risks of a service connected disability. Veterans with service-
connected disability must sign-up within the first two years.


VA LIFE INSURANCE


Life Insurance Benefits Service Disabled Veterans


File a Death Claim

Department of Veterans Affairs
Regional Office and Insurance Center
P O Box 7208
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1910
1
(888) 748-5822

Health care

Two years of free VA Medical care is available to all veterans
who combat served in a theater of combat operations or
hostilities afte
r November 11, 1998. There is no co-payment
during the two-year period after separating from military service
for hospital care, medical services and medications for any
illness that cannot be clinically ruled out as being related to your
combat service. VA clinicians make these determinations with
the utmost flexibility. Additionally, if you enroll with VA during
this two-year period you will maintain enrollment status after this
two-year period.


VA Health Care

Medical Benefits Package

All veterans are potentially eligible, however a veteran must
apply and enroll for VA medical benefits. Most veterans’ health
benefits are based solely on honorable active military service in
the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard (or Merchant
Marines during WWII). Reservists and National Guard members
who were called to active duty by a Federal Executive Order may
qualify for VA health care benefits.



Vietnam War

A comprehensive program to respond to these medical
problems and concerns for veterans who served in the Vietnam
War. To schedule a Vietnam War medical check-up in Northern
Oregon, call the Portland VAMC at
1-888-233-8305 option 1,
extension 54261
. Vietnam War veterans residing in Southern
Oregon should call the Roseburg VA Health Care System at
1-800-
549-8387, option 1, extension 44256
to schedule the medical
examination. For information Vietnam War Veterans can call
1-
800-749-8387.

Spina Bifida

Payable to children of Vietnam veterans for any disability
resulting from spina bifida. Monthly payment is subject to
adjustment by VA based on the level of disability.


Gulf War

Veterans of the Gulf War, including those who served during
Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom can
receive a free medical check-up. To schedule a check-up in
Northern Oregon, call the Portland VAMC at
1-888-233-8305
option 1, extension 54261
. Gulf War veterans residing in
Southern Oregon should call the Roseburg VA Health Care
System at
1-800-549-8387, option 1, extension 44256 to schedule
the medical examination. For information Gulf War Veterans can
call
1-800-PGW-VETS.



VA Home Loan Guaranty

VA Regional Loan Center

VA guaranteed loans are made by private lenders, such as
banks, savings & loans, or mortgage companies to eligible
veterans for the purchase of a home, which must be for their
own personal occupancy. There is no deadline for application.



VA Home Loan Eligibility

Toll free number:  1-888-244-6711 -
It's also possible to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility from your
lender. Most lenders have access to the ACE (Automated
Certificate of Eligibility) system. This Internet based application
can establish eligibility and issue an online Certificate of
Eligibility in a matter of seconds. Please send request for
determination of Home Loan Eligibility (VA Form 26-1880, along
with proof of military service) to:


VA Home Loan Eligibility Center
PO Box 20729
Winston-Salem, NC 27120


Special Home Adaptation Grant

Home Improvement and Structural Alterations Grant

Specially Adapted Housing Grant


Veterans who have specific service-connected disabilities may
be entitled to a grant for the purpose of modifying an existing
home to meet their adaptive needs.  The Special Home
Adaptations (SHA) grant is generally used to assist veterans with
mobility throughout their homes.  This grant is currently limited
to $10,000. The SHA grant is available to veterans who have
service-connected disability due to military service, entitling
them to compensation for permanent and total disability due to:

·        Blindness in both eyes with 5/200 visual acuity or less or,
·        The anatomical loss or loss of use of both hands or
    extremities below the elbow.


Burial Benefits

Burial benefits available include a gravesite in national
cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the
grave, perpetual care, a Government headstone or marker, a
burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to
the family. Some veterans may also be eligible for Burial
Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or interred in national
cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as
casketed remains.


VA Burial Benefits

Burial Flags
A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket
or accompany the urn of a deceased veteran who served
honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces.  It is furnished to honor the
memory of a veteran's military service to his or her country.
No Cost Burial Flag

Presidential Memorial Certificate
(202) 565-4964

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is an engraved paper
certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory
of honorably discharged deceased veterans. The Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the PMC program by preparing
the certificates, which bear the current President’s signature
expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the veteran’s
service in the United States Armed Forces. Eligible recipients
include the deceased veteran’s next of kin and loved ones.
More than one certificate may be provided.

Fax request and all supporting documents (copy of discharge
and death certificate) to:

(202) 565-8054

Families and survivors can also mail the request and all
supporting documents using either the U.S. Postal Service or a
commercial mail service, such as one of the overnight or
express mail delivery services, to:


Presidential Memorial Certificates (41A1C)
Department of Veterans Affairs
5109 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-3903

Burial at Sea

Eligibility: Active duty, retired, honorably discharged veterans
and their family members, U.S. Civilian marine personnel of
Military Sealift Command, other U.S. Citizens who are determined
eligible by the Chief of Naval Operations. Veterans desiring
burial at sea should indicate that preference in writing (in a will
or other legal document). During funeral planning, the
executor/executrix of the estate should contact:


Military Medical Support Office (MMSO)
Mortuary Affairs, Bldg 38H
Great Lakes IL 60085-5200
Toll Free: 1-888-647-6676

For further information contact:

Casualty Assistance Branch
Naval Personnel Command (NPC-621)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington TN 38055-6210
Toll Free: 1-800-368-3202
U.S. Navy Burial At Sea

VA Education Benefits

For honorably discharged veterans who participated and earned
the GI Bill. Veterans who earned the GI Bill while serving have
ten years from date of discharge to use their federal education
benefits for an approved education program through a
university, college, technical, vocational school or
apprenticeship program.


VA Educational Benefits Application


GI Bill
1-888-GI-BILL-1
Application for Education Benefits

Database of VA Approved Education Programs


GI Bill WAVE
1-877-823-2378

Verification of Enrollment for GI Bill students.
WAVE
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
Education and Employment program for veterans with 20% or
greater service-connected disability. Veterans generally have 12
years from the date they are notified of their entitlement to the
program. Eligible veterans may be allowed up to 48 months of
full-time benefits. Veterans interested in the program should
seek assistance from a Veterans' Service Officer.

Vocational Rehabilitation

1-800-827-1000
www.vetsuccess.gov
5 Tracks to Employment

Military Service and Social Security

Social Security Benefits depends on earnings, averaged over
the working lifetime of U.S. Citizens. Generally, the higher the
earnings the higher Social Security benefits. Under certain
circumstances, special earnings can be credited to your military
pay record for Social Security purposes.


STATE OF OREGON
Hunting and Fishing Licenses (Permanent Combination License)

A free hunting and angling license for disabled war veterans
rated at 25% or more with the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs. Veteran must be an Oregon resident for at least six
months. Application requires proof in the form of a letter from
the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must state the
veterans service-connected disability percentage.


State of Oregon Fish and Wildlife Free License Application

Call 1-800-827-1000 to order your letter. The letter should be
submitted with the


Department of Fish and Wildlife Application
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
3406 Cherry Ave. NE
Salem, OR 97303
(503) 947-6101

Disabilities Permit for Hunting and Fishing

The “Oregon Disabilities Hunting and Fishing Permit” is available
to disabled veterans rated at 65% or more with the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs. The disabilities permit is not a
license or tag. Veterans must also obtain a Permanent
Combination License. Application requires proof in the form of a
letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter
must state the veterans service-connected disability
percentage. Call
1-800-827-1000 to order your letter. The letter
should be submitted with the Department of Fish and Wildlife
Application to:

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
3406 Cherry Ave. NE
Salem, OR 97303
(503) 947-6101

Home Loan Program for Oregon Veterans

ODVA offers a state veterans' home loan that is an additional and
distinctively separate benefit from the USDVA (Federal VA) Home
Loan Guaranty Program. The maximum loan amount for honorably
discharged veterans is presently $417,000 (effective December
4, 2007).

Oregon Veterans Home Loan Eligibility
deploymentlink

DeployMed
ResearchLINK, was
established as part of
FHP&R's Health Science
and Force Optimization
(HS&FO) mission to
inform Service members,
researchers & health
care providers, leaders,
and interested others
about DoD and other
federally funded
research on
deployment-related
health issues.

The purpose of this web
site is to be a central
resource of information
on federally funded
medical research related
to deployments from the
1990-91 Gulf War forward.
VA Attorney Fee Fact Sheet

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after Notice of Disagreement Filed on
or after June 20, 2007
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