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U.S. Veterans: Your Rights And Benefits


U.S. Veterans: Your Rights And Benefits

Author: Maria B. Whealan, Esq.

If you have a pet or are an animal lover, you’re not alone. It’s been estimated that over 68% of American households have a pet, including over 83 million dogs and 95 million cats! And that doesn’t include all of the fish, birds, rabbits, gerbils, snakes, lizards, ferrets and horses sharing our homes and lives.

If you consider your pet a member of your family, this book makes it easy to understand:

  • How you can provide for your pet with estate planning and pet trusts
  • The laws that touch our pets on an everyday basis such as rabies vaccines and leash laws.
  • What happens to pets in a divorce.
  • Service dogs in public places and “no pet” housing projects.
  • How animal laws and rights impact your community.
  • Law that impact people and their pets in weather emergencies.

This book, written by an animal lover, covers a lot of ground. And provides checklists and other valuable resources to keep your pet safe!

Real Life Legal wants you to be prepared!

Maria B. Whealan, Esq. practices in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration, and mediation. She is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.


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Table of Contents

What This Book’s About 8

Benefits Eligibility 10

Veterans Status 11

National Guard and Reserve Members 12

Importance of Character of Military Discharge 12

Periods of War 14

Getting Service Records 16

The VA Organization 17

Obtaining Service Documents and Records 18

Online Databases 20

Veterans Health Care Benefits 21

Online Portals for Veterans Benefits 23

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability

Act of 2014 23

Eligibility 24

Enrollment for Health Care Benefits 25

Means Test and Copayment Requirements 27

VA Coverage as Supplemental Insurance 28

Travel Benefits 29

Priority Groups for Health Care 29

Priority 1 30

Priority 2 30

Priority 3 30

Priority 4 31


Priority 5 31

Priority 6 31

Priority 7 32

Priority 8 32

Enhanced Health Care Benefits for Combat Veterans

serving after November 11, 1998 33

Veterans with Spinal Cord Injuries 34

Caregiver Support 34

What’s Covered? 35

Standard Medical Benefits 35

Limited Medical Benefits 35

What’s Not Covered? 36

Long-Term Care Benefits 36

Standard Benefits 36

Limited Benefits 38

Special Categories for Medical Care 40

Health Registries 40

Non-Veteran Eligibility 41

Foreign Medical Program 42

Dental Care Benefits 43

Spouse and Dependent Health Coverage 45



Vet Centers 48 5


Disability Income Programs 50

Disability Rating System 51

Pension Options 53

Basic Pension 54

Aid & Attendance (A & A) 55

Housebound 56

Dependents and Survivors Benefits 58

Employment and Education Benefits 61

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services 62

Education Benefits 63

Education Benefit Fraud 64

Burial Benefits 65

Burial Flags 66

Burial in National Cemeteries 66

Headstones and Markers 67

Burial Allowances 68

Military Honors 69

Other Benefits 70

Home Loan Guarantees 71

Life Insurance 71

Other Financial Counseling and Assistance 72

Benefits for Special Groups of Veterans 73


VA Claims and Appeal Process 75

Concluding Thoughts 77

Glossary 79

List of Abbreviations 83

About the Authors 85

About Real Life LegalTM 86

Available Titles 86

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