Veteran Benefits

Biking Brings Hope to Wounded, Recovering Veterans

U.S. veterans participating in a Ride 2 Recovery program enjoy a laugh before starting a mountain bike ride Feb. 2, 2016, at Blue Diamond, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christian Clausen)

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Members from Creech Air Force Base volunteered as part of the Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) program and brought more than 20 wounded and recovering veterans together for the Vegas Challenge Feb. 1-3 in Blue Diamond, Nevada. The challenge provided wounded veterans the opportunity to come together with others battling some f... more

VA Boosts Budget to Tackle Outstanding Healthcare Claims from Vets

Stacks of VA claims.

The Veterans Affairs Department is requesting a budget of $182 billion next year, a nearly $20 billion funding increase designed in part to tackle outstanding health care claims from veterans. The proposed spending plan unveiled on Tuesday includes nearly $103.6 billion for mandatory programs such as disability compensation and pensions, an... more

Women Veterans

Female soldiers

Women have served in the military from the American Revolution to the present. Unfortunately, women have been historically underrepresented in utilizing the benefits provided for them, and have often been more reticent in claiming their veteran status. Women now make up 15% of active duty and 18% of Guard/Reserves service members. Based on the u... more

Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment Grants

Car

Effective January 13, 2016 all veterans with service connected ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease can now receive a cash grant to purchase a vehicle. Eligibility Requirements for the VA Automobile Grant: Military members and veterans with service-connected: Loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet, OR Loss, or permanent loss o... more

Health Insurance Coverage Must Be Reported On Taxes

tax forms

As part of the Affordable Care Act, anyone who has health insurance must report their coverage on their 2015 taxes or risk paying what is known as an "individual shared responsibility payment" on their taxes. The Affordable Care Act requires all Americans to have qualifying health insurance for the full tax year. What is the IRS 1095 Form? An... more

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