US Veterans Benefits Administration

The United States has the most comprehensive system of veterans’ benefits and care of any country in the world. Veterans Affairs (VA) is composed of three sub-agencies: the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA); the Veterans Health Administration (VHA); and the National Cemetery System. The VBA administers the Compensation and Pension programs for disabled veterans and surviving dependents of deceased veterans. VBA also administers Vocational Rehabilitation for disabled veterans and several education assistance programs for veterans, dependents and survivors; Loan Guaranty programs for veterans and surviving spouses of veterans who died of service-related causes; and a number of life insurance programs for veterans. In addition, VBA also provides a burial allowance, including headstones or grave markers, for eligible veterans.

VBA has one Regional Offices in North Carolina: Winston-Salem. The VONAPP (Veterans On Line Applications) web site is an official Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) web site designed so U.S. military veterans and some service members can apply for compensation, pension, and vocational rehabilitation benefits through the Internet. To apply, log onto the VA’s Webb address (http://www.va.gov/) and click on the benefit under VONAPP you wish to apply for. Follow the instructions for completing and submitting the application.

The Post - 9/11 GI Bill is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are payable for training pursued on or after August 1, 2009. No payments can be made under this program for training pursued before that date. You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, and you are still on active duty or were honorably discharged from the active duty; or released from active duty and placed on the retired list or temporary disability retired list; or -released from active duty and transferred to the Fleet Reserve or Fleet Marine Corps Reserve; or -released from the active duty for further service in a reserve component of the Armed Forces.

You may also be eligible if you were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001.

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