Many veterans assume that the only federal entity responsible for compensation and other benefits is the Department of Veterans Affairs. In truth, there are valuable resources for veterans and servicemembers available through numerous other parts of the government. You may be able to receive help through a variety of different programs. Talk to a Mobile, AL veterans and servicemembers benefits attorney to explore your options and take the necessary steps to apply.
The following are some of the services available through departments and agencies other than the VA:
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs assists military families through financial difficulties. The agency also helps with student loans and brings enforcement actions against scams that target veterans and servicemembers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA can help veterans with employment, education, and starting a business. Military experience can translate into a variety of jobs and the USDA can help you start a farming career.
Department of Defense. The Department of Defense Office of Warrior Care Policy offers assistance to veterans who have been wounded or become ill. Some of the veterans and servicemembers benefits include education initiatives, employment opportunities, and other efforts to help veterans transition to civilian life.
Department of Education. Veterans and servicemembers looking for educational opportunities can turn to the Department of Education. Among the services are financial aid, including student loans, and loan forgiveness. Family members of veterans and servicemembers can also benefit.
Department of Energy. Several opportunities can be found through this department. Numerous internship and employment programs help veterans begin careers in the energy sector.
Department of Justice. This department helps enforce employment, voting, financial, and housing rights. The Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative provides legal guidance to veterans, servicemembers, and their families.
Department of Labor. Veterans and their spouses can get information from the Department of Labor about their employment rights. Job resources are also available.
Federal Communication Commission. Robocalls and other scams target veterans. The FCC has partnered with the VA to educate veterans about these issues.
Federal Trade Commission. This agency provides veterans and servicemembers with education and resources to help them avoid a variety of scams. Also assists with consumer complaints.
Department of Health and Human Services. Veterans and military families must deal with child support issues like anyone else. The Office of Child Support Enforcement provides valuable resources to help with this.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD works with veterans to help them gain access to housing programs. The department also specifically works to find permanent housing for homeless veterans.
Internal Revenue Service. The IRS provides tax information to veterans and servicemembers. This includes deductions, credits, and other provisions that apply specifically to them.
Office of Personnel Management. This agency provides information about federal employment for veterans.
Small Business Administration (SBA). If you are a veteran needing help with a small business, the SBA can help. It provides training, business preparation, and numerous other resources for veterans moving into civilian life.
Social Security Administration. Social Security can assist with processing claims for wounded veterans. It can also work with you on receiving disability compensation.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This agency works with non-US citizen veterans to help them become naturalized. Special provisions exist to help eligible veterans become citizens.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). The USPIS is the law enforcement arm of the postal service. It helps veterans protect against scams that specifically target them.
WE CAN HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT AVAILABLE RESOURCES
Many people do not take advantage of the multitude of services and resources available when it comes to veterans and servicemembers benefits. But we can help you learn more about and apply to them. Let Ascend Disability Lawyers, LLC work with you to get the compensation you need.