Disabled Veterans may be eligible to claim a federal tax refund based on: an increase in the Veteran's percentage of disability from the Veteran's Administration (which may include a retroactive determination) or the combat-disabled Veteran applying for, and being granted, Combat-Related Special Compensation, after an award for Concurrent Retirement and Disability. To do so, the disabled Veteran will need to file an amended return, Form 1040X, to correct a previously filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. Disabled Veterans should include all documents from VA and any information received from Defense Finance and Accounting Services explaining proper tax treatment for the current year.
Free Online Life Skills Training
Moving Forward is a free, on-line educational and life coaching program that teaches Problem Solving skills to help you to better handle life’s challenges. It is designed to be especially helpful for Veterans, Military Service Members and their families. However, Moving Forward teaches skills that can be useful to anyone with stressful problems. Are you ready to Move Forward? Select the button below to take the Moving Forward Training.
Moving Forward was built by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mental Health Services in partnership with the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology as part of a coordinated public health initiative to help Veterans and Service Members who are having difficulties. This free educational and life coaching program is based on a highly effective cognitive behavioral treatment program that has been used successfully with Veterans across the country.
High School Diploma
DMAVA and the department of education jointly launched a program on October 5, 2002 to honor world war two era veterans who left school to join the military and have never received a high school diploma. This program will award a state-endorsed high school diploma to any New Jersey veteran who left a New Jersey high school to enter military service during World War II. The program was later expanded to include veterans from the Korean and Vietnam conflict.
Interest Free Loan
The Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma’s Veterans Recoverable Loan Project is providing Yuma County veterans with interest-free, short-term loans for emergent needs, such as trips to the VA Hospital, school expenses, medical emergencies and deposits for housing and utilities. Call 602-381-1400 for details.
Any child born or adopted before, during or after the period of time his or her parent were officially declared a POW or MIA after January 1, 1960, may apply for free undergraduate college tuition.
Special Housing Grant
Did you know that veterans and active duty servicemembers with service-connected amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, are now presumed medically eligible for grants up to almost $68,000 to adapt their homes?
In 2008, VA established a presumption of service connection for ALS for any Veteran who develops the disease at any time after separation from service, making them eligible for monthly VA disability compensation benefits.
Veterans and Servicemembers with service-connected ALS will be determined medically eligible for the maximum grant. The program provides grants to eligible service-connected disabled Veterans and Servicemembers to construct or modify a home to meet their unique housing needs. Grants are also available to help eligible individuals purchase adapted homes or pay down mortgages on homes that are already adapted. VA estimates this change will save approximately 12 months in the overall process of a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant.
VA’s SAH program provides grants to eligible service-connected disabled Veterans and Servicemembers for the purpose of constructing or modifying a home to meet their unique housing needs. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide a barrier-free living environment that affords a level of independent living that the Veteran or Servicemember may not otherwise enjoy.
UPDATE: For 2020, the maximum SAH grant will be $90,364, and the SHA grant will increase to a maximum of $18,074. The TRA grants will increase to a maximum of $39,669 for the temporary version of the SAH grant and $7,083 for the temporary SHA grant.
Powerful Misconceptions About VA Benefits
Did you know that millions of veterans and family members have basic misunderstandings about VA benefits? Many veterans and spouses qualify for VA benefits, but due to some very common misconceptions they don’t apply for benefits. To see top 5 misconceptions click here.
Free Credit Monitoring
Did you know VA gives free credit monitoring to veterans and beneficiaries whose data was compromised by any VA breach?