#BorneTheBattle 83: Benefits Breakdown – VA Welcome Kit


VA recently released a Welcome Kit that can guide Veterans to which benefits they may qualify for. What makes this product unique and refreshing is the guidance is based on the Veteran’s stage of life. The road map starts with the moment you join the United States military and goes all the way to a Veteran’s later years.

You can read about the release of the Welcome Kit and download a digital copy.

On today’s Benefits Breakdown segment, Barbara Morton from the Veterans Experience Office explains the value the welcome kit has, how Veterans can receive a copy, and how Veterans can use it.

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Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Donald S. Welty    

    I have things that need to be addressed

  2. James Benson    

    I’ve never received any of this information. Applied several times for potential benefits and initially told I had to be out on waiting list. That was 6 years ago. After an indefinite amount of letters and phone calls, received a letter saying I was “covered”. No ID card and no other information. I’m so glad I put in it years and ten months, including a year in Vietnam.

  3. Carl Lupo    

    Can j get a paper copy (hard) OF THE welcome kit?

  4. Tim Meyer    

    I sincerely hope you have an excellent VSO (Veteran Service Officer) in your corner helping you in this battle.You didn’t state which of the 15 conditions connected with Agent Orange you have contracted nor did you state what VA hospital you received or were denied the free comprehensive medical examination offered to all Veterans stationed in Vietnam, Korean DMZ, Thailand Military Bases, or Herbicide Test and Storage Facilities outside of Vietnam. As a Veteran of the Vietnam through Desert Storm eras I can understand your anger and frustration. Don’t give up. I once felt like you but the VA truly does stand with us and for us. The bad apples will always be there so like with anything we cannot let our guard down nor can we give in to our frustration and impatience. Keep up the good fight!

  5. Jane Doe    

    Your “VA Benefits,” are: we will make sure if you come to the VA Medical Clinic, we will treat you with every rude and obnoxious employee we can find. If you file a comp claim, we will fight you every step of the way to make sure you give up or think twice before you file another claim. PRIVATIZE THE VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM!

  6. Victor Sellers    

    Not only did we never receive any welcome kit, welcome back, we weren’t welcomed by the military. We were now just liability, a problem, leftovers that they couldn’t just dump, so the easiest thing to do was lie and deny, especially those with skin disease because it was evidence of the Agent Orange scandal covered up by the DoD, VA, Military, and our government in general. My conditions were documented by four medical officers, one being the commander of the 24TH Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh, as being Permanent Defects in my “physical capacity and stamina”, so to help hinder discovery or evidence of the damage Agent Orange really was causing, I was deceived and manipulated, had the medical treatment records deprived of me, even told they were lost in transit from Vietnam. In 1983, the VA didn’t even respond to requests made by the VFW. My evidence is withheld per Exemption 5 of the FREEDOM OF DECEPTION ACT, because they fall under the “DELIBERATIVE PROCESS PRIVILEGE”. The SWAMP is thick with those executives deceiving the public at the veterans expense. NO THANKS TO DAV.

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