Did You Know?
The Army Medical Command has a hotline available for
soldiers and veterans who have been screened by forensic psychiatric teams since 2007 as part of the evaluation process for
medical retirement. Soldiers and veterans with concerns about their diagnosis may call 800-984-8523. The forensic psychiatric
team at the U.S. Army's Madigan Healthcare System at Tacoma, Washington (is under investigation into whether it properly evaluated
soldiers previously treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Army Surgeon General has suspended the use of forensic
evaluations during the conduct of medical evaluation boards.
Any veteran who is service-connected for a disability for which he or she uses prosthetic or orthopedic appliances may
receive an annual clothing allowance.
Pension is a benefit paid to wartime veterans who have limited or no income, and who
are age 65 or older, or if under 65, who are permanently and totally disabled.Generally, you may be eligible if:
- You were discharged from service under conditions other than dishonorable; and
- You served at least 90 days of active duty military service, 1 day of
which was during a wartime period. If you entered active duty after September 7, 1980, generally you must have served 24 months
or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty (there are exceptions to this rule); and
- Your countable family income is below a yearly limit set by law (the
yearly limit on income is set by Congress); and you are age 65 or older; or
- You are permanently and totally disabled, not due to your own willful misconduct.
- VA provides pensions to low-income surviving spouses and unmarried children of deceased veterans with wartime service.
- To be eligible, spouse must not have married and children must be under
age 18, or under age 23 if attending a VA-approved school, or have become permanently incapable of self-support because of
disability before age 18.
- Children who become incapable of self-support because of a disability before age 18 may be eligible for the
death pension as long as the condition exists, unless the child marries or the child’s income exceeds the applicable
surviving spouse may be entitled to a higher income limit if living in a nursing home, in need of the air and attendance of
another person, or permanently housebound.
Eligible veterans who train at the three-quarter rate and in pursuit
of higher education may be eligible to work at the VA and receive hourly wages.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families
and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online
chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255
and Press 1, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf
and hard of hearing individuals is
What Every Veteran Should Carry
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your DD Form 214 as proof of your military service. The Veteran ID Card will quickly establish you as a veteran, along
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