One of the most common things I hear from fellow Veterans is “I don’t know what benefits I qualify for.” VA.gov is admittedly clunky and confusing (something we’re looking to fix), and there are many websites that promote bad or inaccurate information about Veterans benefits. It’s no wonder that many folks have questions about what they’re entitled to after leaving the service.
To help answer some of those questions you may have, VA’s Benefits Book for 2011 is available online, both in PDF format and broken down by chapter. Topics like health care benefits, education and training, home loan guarantees and burial benefits are covered. I suggest starting with the introduction page, which gives some general information and a hefty list of acronyms that should provide useful. A directory of phone numbers and websites is also helpful. And if you would rather have a Spanish language handbook, here’s a link to the 2010 version. The updated book should be out in the coming weeks.
Physical copies of the handbook should be available at your local VA facility at the end of August.