The willingness with which our young people are likely so serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were Treated and Appreciated by their nation. - George Washington
Veterans who have a mental or physical disability that was caused by or aggravated by their time in service may qualify for compensation benefits. This can include conditions caused by exposure to:
- Agent Orange
- Mustard gas
- Environmental exposures in Southwest Asia (Persian Gulf)
Coverage is also provided to those veterans affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to an in-service traumatic event.
This benefit is payable to low-income veterans with qualified war-time service who are either age 65 and older or who are permanently and totally disabled based on a condition not caused by their time in service. There may be additional amounts available to eligible veterans and spouses who are in need of the Aid and Attendance of another person for daily living needs (for example, in-home care or assisted living facility).
Additional Pay for Dependents
Veterans receiving compensation or pension may be eligible for an additional allowance. This applies to the veteran s spouse and children, including children between ages 18 to 23 who are attending school.
Eligible veterans may use U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities for treatment of mental and physical health conditions. All service-connected disabilities and their treatment will be provided to the veteran, free of charge. Treatment for conditions not rated by VA as being service connected may require a copay. Eligibility for VA healthcare is not guaranteed.
Burial & Death Benefits
Benefits include burial flag, government headstone/marker, and military funeral honors. If a veteran has a privately-purchased headstone, the family may ask for a VA medallion to add to the headstone to note the veteran s military service.
Burial in National Cemetery
Veterans who receive a discharge other than dishonorable may be eligible for burial in the National Cemetery. Included in these services are the plot, mausoleum space, opening and closing of the grave, headstones or marker, and full honor guard services. There are minimum active duty service requirements that must be met to qualify for this benefit.
GI Bill Benefits - Education
Veterans who meet eligibility requirements can receive assistance with the cost of education. There are several different programs; eligibility varies between each.
Veterans found to have a service-connected disability may be eligible to access this program which pays for schooling or training in a new career field, if the disability affects the ability to do certain jobs.
Home Loan Guarantee
Home loan guarantees are issued to help eligible service members, veterans, reservists, and certain unmarried surviving spouses obtain homes or to refinance an existing home loan.
Cal-Vet Home Loans
Veterans who have 90 days of active duty service (not for training purposes) and wish to purchase a home in California may be eligible for a home loan from the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Eligibility varies based on income and personal credit.
Government Life Insurance
Veterans with a service-connected disability may apply for a Life Insurance policy. Application must be made within two-years of a condition being found to be service connected. Premiums and coverage vary.
Any veteran who set foot-on-ground in Vietnam, or whose Naval ship broke the coastal land barriers of Vietnam, is considered to have been exposed to Agent Orange. The VA has developed a list of medical conditions which they say may be linked to Agent Orange exposure. These presumptive conditions are eligible compensable disabilities.
Veterans Homes of California
California State Department of Veterans Affairs has several homes throughout the state designed to care for our elderly or disabled veterans. These homes offer different levels of care ranging from Independent Living to Skilled Nursing and Alzheimer's Care. Payment for the facilities is based on income and level of care provided.