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VA's Lesser Known Benefits
May 22, 2017

VA provides veterinary benefits to Veterans diagnosed as having visual, hearing or substantial mobility impairments and whose care will be enhanced through a guide or service dog.

Veterans must enroll in VA health care to receive any type of medical service through VA. Once a Veteran is enrolled, VA will perform a complete clinical evaluation to determine how best to assist. Each service dog request is reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and Veterans approved for guide or service dogs are then referred to accredited organizations to obtain their dog.


Home Loan Refinancing

VA’s home loan program offers Veterans different refinancing options:

Cash-Out Refinance Loans – Veterans can take advantage of their home’s equity to take cash out through refinancing, or refinance a non-VA loan into a VA-guaranteed loan.

Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loans – Veterans may be able to lower their monthly mortgage payment by obtaining a lower-interest loan.


Overlooked Compensation Program for Vets & Family
May 26, 2017

For veterans who need more help at home, there’s a “hidden benefit” known as the Veteran-Directed Care Program that allows certain disabled veterans to hire family and friends to help with daily living tasks, such as doing the laundry or helping with breakfast. The VA provides you or your financial counselor as much as $2,000 a month, on average, to pay caregivers and aides you choose. The program is available through VA Medical Centers in at least 35 states.  See your VSO for more details or download program details.


Latest Bills Passed That Will Benefit Veterans
June, 2, 2017

  • H.R. 467, The VA Scheduling Accountability Act, which ensures that all VA facilities fulfill the VA’s scheduling policies, requires the VA to report to Congress on individual facilities’ compliance and prohibits VA medical center leaders from receiving bonuses if their facility fails to certify compliance.


  • H.R. 1005, which directs the VA to enter into agreements with state veterans homes to pay for adult day health care for a veteran eligible for, but not receiving, nursing home care.


  • H.R. 1162, The No Hero Left Untreated Act, which requires the VA to carry out a one-year pilot program to provide access to magnetic resonance therapy to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma, chronic pain or opiate addiction. Magnetic resonance therapy has been used successfully in the past to treat depression, PTSD and TBI.


  • H.R. 1329, The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act, which increases the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities as well as the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans as of December 1st, 2017.


  • H.R. 1545, The VA Prescription Data Accountability Act, which clarifies current law to instruct that the VA is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone – veteran or civilian – who is prescribed these medications through VA.


  • H.R. 1725, The Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act, which will expedite the VA disability claims processing by allowing private medical evidence in support of claims for disability compensation.


  • H.R. 2288, The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, which gives the Secretary of the VA the ability to test a new program to modernize the VA’s appeals process by creating three “lanes” for veterans’ appeals to expedite the process. These three "lanes" would separate those who are filing a new appeal, trying to submit further evidence for a current appeal and those appealing a current decision directly to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.


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