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BROWN COUNTY VETERANS - CORE VA BENEFITS LIST

Together WE can connect veterans with their benefits. This improves the quality of their life and reduces suicide. Currently over 13 Veterans a month take their life in Wisconsin and an average of 4 veterans take their life annually in Brown County. Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 Text to 838255 to Get Help NOW

To make an appointment or join the Veterans E-mail List, contact Brown County Veterans Services at 920-448-4450 or e-mail at bc.veterans@co.brown.wi.us Website: www.co.brown.wi.us/departments/veterans

If you are outside of Brown County call the CVSO Association of WI at 844-WIS-CVSO (947-2876)
  1. VA eBenefits: Sign up for a Premium Federal VA eBenefits account to browse benefits, make direct deposit changes, print the VA home loan certificate, add dependents, and more. Call the CVSO office before filing a claim to maximize your benefits. www.ebenefits.va.gov 1-800-827-1000. Survivor and Pension Benefits – 1-877-294-6380
  1. myWisVets: Sign up for State VA benefits account to browse benefits. Apply for License Identifier and more. www.myWisVets.gov 1-800-947-8387
  1. Aid to Needy Veterans Grants - Income based – for veteran only. Dentures and Dental work.
  1. Subsistence Aid Grant - Loss of employment due to illness or disaster – covers two months of expenses, up to $3,000.
  1. Wisconsin Education Benefits
  1. WI GI Bill – 100% tuition waiver for veterans and 100% waiver for dependents of veterans who have at least a 30% service connected disability. Only UW colleges and technical schools, up to 128 credits.
  2. 5 year rule law CHANGE. Veteran entered from another state and/or 30% service-connected dependents NOW eligible.
  1. Federal Education benefits - Montgomery, Post 9/11, and Forever GI Bills for active duty and reservists.
  1. Retraining Grant - Up to $3,000 for retraining for unemployed or under-employed veterans.
  1. Veterans Housing and Recovery Program (VHRP) - Homeless Program locations Green Bay, Chippewa Falls, Union Grove and King providing housing, job training, counseling and rehabilitative services to obtain employment and affordable housing.
  1. State Veterans Cemeteries - Free for veterans, fee for dependents. Spooner, Union Grove, and King, WI.
  1. Wisconsin Veterans Homes - Veterans and spouses are eligible. Located: King, Chippewa Falls, and Union Grove.
  1. WI Property Tax Credit - 100% or Individual Unemployable service-connected veterans or their widowed surviving spouses of widows receiving Dependency Indemnity Compensation are eligible for property tax refund if they meet eligibility.
  1. Health-care benefits
  1. Medical treatment and hospital care for veterans only.
  2. Medications $5.00, $8.00, or $11.00; If subjected to copay: appointments $15 for general care or $50 for specialty care.
  3. If veteran is service connected 50% or higher receives free medications.
  4. VA Dental Program – private program with monthly premium.
  5. Group 6 Automatic Enrollment – Exposed to Agent Orange, Radiation, 0% service-connected, Gulf War, Camp Lejeune
  6. Free counseling, hearing aids, and eye glasses.
  1. VA Home Loan - No money down for 15 and 30-year mortgages, fixed rates, or 3/1 or 5/1 ARM.
  1. Pension Program with or without Aid and Attendance
  1. Financial support for wartime era veterans with limited income - determined by income, assets, and disabilities.
  2. Wartime era veteran or widow of wartime era veteran - Veterans are required to have had 90 days of active duty, one day during a wartime period.
  1. Disability Compensation
  1. A tax free compensation payment to veterans who are disabled by injury or disease incurred or aggravated during military service; i.e., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault, and any physical ailments acquired in the service.
  2. 100% service connected – Healthcare and Dependent Education Assistance for dependents up to $40,000 per year.
  3. 70% and above nursing care covered at VA contracted nursing homes or for serviced connected condition.
  4. Additional special monthly compensation for Veterans who have a service connected disability rated at 100%; and/or have an additional service connected disability rated at 60%.
  1. Vocational rehabilitation - Employment assistance, training and education for veterans with service-connected disabilities who have an employment handicap due to their service-connected disability.
  1. Dependency and Indemnity (DIC) Pension – For widows of veterans who died from a service-connected disability, or if the disability contributed to the death of the veteran. CHAMPVA and VA Dental Program if qualified for DIC.
  1. Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA)
  1. 21 cancers are associated with this nuclear exposure.
  2. Veterans who participated “on-site” or “downwind” during the tests may be eligible for a $50,000 or $75,000 payment.
  3. If the veteran has passed away the surviving spouse, children, grandchildren, parents, and grandparents can apply.
  1. Agent Orange Exposure Areas
  1. Vietnam – 1/9/962 and 5/7/1975 in Vietnam and inland waterways.
  2. Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea used between the dates of 4/1/1969 to 8/31/1971.
  3. Thailand - Air Force veterans on Royal Thai Air Force bases at U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang, near the air base perimeter – 2/28/1961 and 5/7/1975. U.S. Army Veterans on these bases or on some small installations performing perimeter security or Military Police duties – 2/28/1961 and 5/7/1975.
  4. Surviving Spouses can apply if the veteran died from one of the diseases caused by Agent Orange. Free healthcare and DIC may be available.
  5. Over 51 diseases and cancers are associated with Agent Orange exposure to include; Diabetes Type II, Ischemic Heart Disease, Parkinson’s, Prostate Cancer and more...
  1. Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water
  1. The Department of Veterans Affairs has published new regulations to establish eight new presumptive conditions for Active duty (veterans), Reserve and National Guard members who served at Camp Lejeune due to exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C., MCAS New River and including satellite camps and housing areas during the dates of 8/1/53 to 12/31/1987.
  2. Eight Conditions include: Adult Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia and other myelodysplastic Syndromes, Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Parkinson’s disease.
  3. Health Care is being offered to Active Duty Veterans who served during January 1, 1957 to December 31, 1987 for 15 Conditions: Bladder cancer, Miscarriage, Breast cancer, Multiple Myeloma, Esophageal cancer, Myelodysplastic syndromes, Female Infertility, Neurobehavioral effects, Hepatic steatosis, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Kidney cancer, Renal toxicity, Leukemia, Scleroderma, Lung cancer.
  1. Burn Pits and Oil Fires - Burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan contained the Agent Orange chemical TCDD. Can cause lung conditions and cancers.
  1. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) “Lou Gehrig's Disease” – Service-connected disability for all veterans with 90 days or more of continuous active service are eligible to apply.
  1. Hepatitis C - 75% of all Hepatitis C infected persons were born between 1945 and 1965.
  1. Asbestos Exposure - Veterans who were exposed to asbestos while in service and developed a disease related to asbestos exposure such as Asbestosis, Pleural Plaque, Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma may receive service connected compensation.
  1. Gulf War Syndrome
  1. Veterans may be eligible to receive a service connected compensation if they served in the Southwest Asia Theater of military operations from August 2, 1990 to present or served in Afghanistan on or after September 19, 2001.
  2. Over 30 ailments associated with service in the Gulf War.
  1. Burial Benefits
  1. Free bronze marker, flag, and military rites to eligible veterans.
  2. Burial/Plot Allowance – Available for service-connected veterans, veterans receiving VA Pension or death in a VA facility.

FEB 26, 2019
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