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Below are government sponsored web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file or ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you -- and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests. Clicking a link will open a new window to that web site. Additionally, some links point to documents in pdf or doc format, so you will need Adobe Reader and MS Word to view that content.  USARA makes no claims to the accuracy of the links presented or the information contained within them.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

Military Service Records

Military Service Records and Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs, DD Form 214) If you've been discharged from military service, your personnel files are stored here at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). We are the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard.

Department of Veteran Affairs

Locations

VA has many resources available for Veterans and family members. See the VA locations listings for your nearest facility. Additional state and local resources are available through State Veteran Affairs offices and Veterans Service Organizations.

Hospitals and Clinics

Vet Centers

Regional Benefits Offices

Regional Loan Centers

Cemetery Locations

Department of Veteran Affairs

Veterans Services

Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of veterans services provided by the VA. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions, and certain benefits require service during wartime. If you are new to the VA, the Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors booklet will help you get started.

Department of Veteran Affairs

Health Care

VA's health care offers a variety of services, information, and benefits. As the nation’s largest integrated health care system, VA operates more than 1,400 sites of care, including hospitals, community clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and various other facilities.

Health Care Information

A-Z Health Topic Finder

My HealtheVet

Refill Prescriptions

Suicide Prevention

PTSD

Public Health

Department of Veteran Affairs

Benefits and Services

VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Veterans, their dependents, and survivors. Major benefits include Veterans’ compensation, Veterans’ pension, survivors’ benefits, rehabilitation and employment assistance, education assistance, home loan guaranties, and life insurance coverage.

General Benefits Information

Disability Compensation

Pension

GI Bill

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Vet Success

Dependents' Educational Assistance

Survivor Benefits

Home Loans

Life Insurance

Traumatic Injury Insurance

Department of Veteran Affairs

Burial and Memorial

Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members, Veterans, reservists, National Guard members, and eligible family members. Service includes interment, headstones and markers, and Presidential memorial certificates. VA operates 128 national cemeteries in the United States and Puerto Rico, together with oversight and management of 33 soldiers' lots, confederate cemeteries, and monument sites.

Cemetery Services

Burials

Headstones & Markers

Presidential Memorial Certificates

Cemeteries

Nationwide Gravesite Locator

Burial Flags

Burial Allowance

TRICARE Management Activity (Military Health System)

TRICARE, formerly known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS), is a health care program of the United States Department of Defense Military Health System. TRICARE provides civilian health benefits for military personnel, military retirees, and their dependents, including some members of the Reserve Component. The TRICARE program is managed by TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) under the authority of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). TRICARE is the civilian care component of the Military Health System, although historically it also included health care delivered in the military medical treatment facilities.

Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP)

Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS)

Tricare Beneficiary Information

TRICARE Handbook

Tricare Dental

Tricare for Life

Tricare Help

Tricare Online

Tricare Pharmacy

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia is a military cemetery in the United States of America, established during the American Civil War.  In an area of 624 acres (2.53 km2), veterans and military casualties from each of the nation's wars are interred in the cemetery, ranging from the American Civil War through to the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pre-Civil War dead were reinterred after 1900.  Arlington National Cemetery is administered by the Department of the Army; the other National Cemeteries are administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs or by the National Park Service.

National Resource Directory

The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a Web site for wounded, ill and injured Service Members, Veterans, their families and those who support them.  It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits & compensation, education & training, employment, family & caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation & travel and other services & resources.

Wounded Warrior Resource Center

The Wounded Warrior Resource Center Web site (WWRC) is a Department of Defense Web site which provides wounded Service Members, their families, and caregivers with information they need on military facilities, health care services, and benefits. It supports access to the Wounded Warrior Resource Call Center and trained specialists who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at 1-800-342-9647 or by e-mail at wwrc@militaryonesource.com.

Homefront Connections

Homefront Connections provides a secure place where members of the military community can meet and interact online to share experiences, post pictures and videos, write blogs, and create discussion boards. Join an existing group or create your own! Within this password protected environment, family readiness groups can create online communities, allowing family members to share information and resources.

Military Homefront

Military Homefront is the Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you'll find what you need!

Military OneSource

Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services. Visit Military OneSource today or call 1-800-342-9647."

Army OneSource

Army OneSource is a single web portal providing important, credible and up-to-date information in one location for Army Soldiers and Family Members to access at any time of day, regardless of component or geographical location.  The information is organized in the following major categories – Family Programs and Services; Healthcare; Soldier and Family Housing; Child, Youth and Services; Education, Careers and Libraries; Recreation, Travel and BOSS; and, Communities and Marketplace.

Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need. One night while watching the evening news, a group of veterans and brothers were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They realized then and there that something needed to be done for these brave individuals beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades. The resulting objective was to provide tangible support for the severely wounded and help them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. What had been initially viewed as a small contribution (compared with what the warriors had sacrificed while serving our country) has become WWP's signature program: "WWP backpacks delivered bedside to wounded warriors."  Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization.

Government and Military Health

(Other Links)

This list is maintained as a convenience for visitors to the USARA Web site. USARA does not assume responsibility for information available outside of our own Web site. Nor can we answer questions about information on sites to which we link.

Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program

Army Well-Being

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Community Based Healthcare Organizations (AKO users)

Defense Centers of Excellence For Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury

Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Long-Term Care Insurance

Food and Drug Administration

Force Health Protection

Gulf War Conditions

HealthFinder

MEDLINEplus Health Information

Military Health System

Military Vaccines

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Institutes of Health

National Library of Medicine

National Resource Directory

National Vaccine Healthcare Center Network

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health

Quit Tobacco

Surgeon General of the United States

U.S. Department of State

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Warrior Care Web site

 

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