Federal Level (For)• VA• Other Considerations – SSA – DOD
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) DVA Veterans Veterans National Benefits Health CemeteryAdministration Administration Administration
What can the VA do for YOU?• Health Care – Physical – Mental – Hospitals – CBOC• Compensation for Service Connected Disabilities• VA Pension (NSC, MOH)• Education and (re)Training• Home Loan Guaranty• Life Insurance• Burial and Memorial Benefits• Partnerships with Service Organizations• Vet Centers• VASH
How to work with the VA• Think – Who – What – When – Where – Why – How
How to work with the VA• Think – Who is the VA looking for? – What are the VA’s eligibility requirements? – When do you need services, can you work other options while waiting for the VA? – Where is the best VA office for your need(s)? – Why are you going to the VA? – How to get services from the VA?
VA Eligibility Requirements• “Eligibility for most veterans’ … benefits is based solely on active military service in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard (or Merchant Marines during WW II), and discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.” www.va.gov
VA Eligibility Requirements• Active Duty = 2 years or more• Reserve/NG = 180+ Days under Title 10 orders* There are exceptions to these guidelines
Record of ServiceMedals, Awards, Decorations(“Snapshot” of servicehistory”) Discharge Type
How to work with the VA• Start local – – Website – Vet Centers – 1-800-827-1000 – Local Advocates – State & County Veterans Program – Hospital – Federal Building*Always try to obtain/bring a copy of DD214
Other Federal Benefits• Social Security – SSI • Cannot work / federal welfare • $674/mo vs $985/mo for NSC* – SSDI • Insurance Program, out of work 12+ months • Fully compatible with Service Connected Disability
WDVA• Washington Department of Veterans Affairs – Mission Statement: “Serving Those Who Served” • Serve as their advocate for all VA entitlements; • Help Heal their seen and unseen wounds of war; • Give Help to the homeless; • Provide quality Care in our Veterans Homes • Honor Veterans in their final resting place. • Counseling for War Trauma/PTSD
Other Services By the WDVA• Emergency Financial Assistance• Veterans Conservation Corps• License Plates• Veteran Service Officers• Homeless Veterans Reintegration• Incarcerated Veterans Reintegration*• PTSD Counseling• Reduced Fee Passes – Hunting, Fishing, Public Transportation – 30% disabled – Free National Park Access
Secondary Benefits?• Knowledge Base! – Most/all of the WDVA employees are extraordinarily helpful.
How to I Engage the WDVA?• Central Office: 1-800-562-0132• King County Call Center 1-877- 904-VETS (8387)• www.dva.wa.gov• Email a Benefits Specialist: – email@example.com
County Level Benefits• All counties in WA have Veterans ‘Programs’• http://cvcwashington.org/ – County Veterans Coalition (CVC) – Provides County by County Veterans assistance information • County Programs/ contact • Service Offices • Points of Contac• http://cvcwashington.org/StateMap.htm
King County Benefits• King County Veterans Program – Offices in Seattle and Renton, Outlets in Auburn, Carnation, Lake City, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kirkland, Maple Valley, & Redmond (2011) – Offers emergency financial, Veterans Incarcerated Project (VIP)*, Employment assistance, Case Management, and… Specialized knowledge of Local Resources
Contacting KCVP• http://www.kingcounty.gov/socialservices/veterans• Make an appointment: 206-296-7656• Unemployed – Frank Pratt and team host a twice monthly Veterans Orientation to benefits and resources in Renton.
Other County Business• King County Veterans and Human Services Levyhttp://www.kingcounty.gov/operations/DCHS/Services/Levy.aspx
Local Resources? How to find them:• Become a Google Warrior!• What is available on the local level. – Recipient of much of the $ from a higher level • End user housing, mental health, medical, education, work placement assistance• Think local & ‘non-local’ non-profits and charities.
Recap:1) Every Veteran qualifies for resources/benefits from at some level2) Know what the pertinent history of the Veteran is: DD214 and/or other source documentation.3) For Soldiers Continue Looking