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Supportive Services for Veteran Families

(SSVF)

September 20, 2011

Richard Ivy

Benefits Assistance Service


Department of Veterans Affairs

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan,” President Lincoln


Veterans benefits administration
Veterans Benefits Administration

  • Benefits Assistance

  • Compensation and Pension

  • Education

  • Loan Guaranty

  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E)

  • Insurance


Benefits assistance
Benefits Assistance

Mission

The Mission of the Benefits Assistance Service is to serve as advocates for Veterans, Service members, eligible beneficiaries and other stakeholders, to ensure they are knowledgeable and informed about accessing and receiving VA benefits and services.

Vision

Our Vision for the Benefits Assistance Service is to be the premier organization for our clients; to proactively provide information and knowledge about VA benefits and services, in a positive 21st century experience that is consistent, concise and relevant.


Benefits Assistance VBA Homeless Veterans Outreach Program

  • Full-time VBA Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinators (HVOC) at 20 Regional Offices (RO) with the largest Veteran populations

  • Remaining RO have a part-time HVOC (with collateral duties)


Full-time VBA Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinators (HVOC) at 20 Regional Offices

Remaining RO have a part-time HVOC (with collateral duties)

Togus

Manchester

Seattle

White River Jct.

Anchorage

Ft. Harrison

Fargo

Portland

St.

Paul

Boston

Milwaukee

Boise

Sioux Falls

Buffalo

Providence

Detroit

Hartford

Cheyenne

Des Moines

Pittsburgh

New York

Lincoln

Cleveland

Newark

Chicago

Philadelphia

Reno

Indianapolis

Salt Lake

City

Wilmington

Oakland

Denver

Huntington

St. Louis

Baltimore

Wichita

DC

Louisville

Roanoke

Los Angeles

Nashville

Winston Salem

Little

Rock

Albuquerque

Muskogee

Columbia

Atlanta

Phoenix

San Diego

Montgomery

  • Eastern Area

  • Southern Area

  • Central Area

  • Western Area

WACO

Jackson

New Orleans

Houston

St. Petersburg

Honolulu

San Juan

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Benefits Assistance VBA Homeless Veterans Outreach Program

  • Conduct outreach to homeless Veterans and their families

    • homeless shelters and stand downs

    • VA Medical Centers, clinics and centers

    • through state, tribal and local community partners

    • other areas where homeless Veterans may be located

    • Jails and prisons

  • Provide information and assistance on VA benefits and services including eligibility information, filing a claim, and referrals to other homeless programs for Veterans


Benefits Assistance VBA Homeless Veterans Outreach Program

  • “No Wrong Door” Approach

    • Collaboration with the Veterans Health Administration and other government and local community offices

    • Homeless Veterans can enter the system through one access point and receive assistance for an array of services and benefits through referrals


Preventing veteran homelessness
Preventing Veteran Homelessness

  • Pre-Discharge Program (includes Guard and Reservists)

    • Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD)

      • Between 60-180 days of separation from active duty

    • Quick Start

      • Less than 60 days remaining on active duty

  • Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

    • Access to VA benefits information prior to separating from military service

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill

    • Access to education benefits to support financial stability


Preventing veteran homelessness1
Preventing Veteran Homelessness

  • Home Loan Guaranty

  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

  • Resumption of benefits from date of release of incarceration

    • evidence of anticipated release from incarceration needed from a parole board or other official prison source dated no more than 30 days before the anticipated release of incarceration


Compensation and pension
Compensation and Pension

  • Disability Compensation

    • Monetary benefit paid to Veterans who are disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service

    • Disability may be rated from 0% to 100%, Payments made for 10% to 100%.

  • Disability Pension

    • Needs-based benefit paid to Veterans with low incomes who are permanently and totally disabled or are age 65 or older

    • Must have 90 days or more of active military service, at least one day of which was during a period of war


Compensation – Current Rates

S = Spouse C = Child(ren)

Rates effective Dec. 1, 2010


Compensation and Pension Claims Processing for Homeless Veterans

  • Expedited claims processing

    • 75 average days pending fiscal year 2011 target

  • Reporting system on homeless Veterans claims processing

  • Electronic “homeless” flash to properly identify homeless Veterans in our systems

  • VA Central Office oversight to ensure claim development and decisions are made expeditiously


Education
Education

Post 9/11 GI Bill- (Chapter 33); August 2009

Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607)

Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) (Chapter 35)


Education post 9 11 gi bill
Education Post 9/11 GI Bill

Served on active duty after 09/10/01 will be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill if the individual:

  • Served for an aggregate period of at least 90 days.

  • Served at least 30 continuous days and received a disability discharge.

    Generally receive 36 months of benefits, but are limited to 48 months of combined benefits under educational assistance programs administered by VA

    Benefits payable include:

  • Tuition and Fees (amount determined by months of active duty)

  • Monthly Housing Allowance

    • Equivalent to the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents

  • Stipend for Books and Supplies

    • Up to $1,000 per year


Loan guaranty
Loan Guaranty

Zero downpayment loans made by mortgage lenders

VA guarantees up to $104,250

Maximum no downpayment loan: $417,000 in most areas; may be higher depending on area median price

Funding Fee (Regular Military)

1st time use 2.15%

2nd time use 3.3%

Funding fee waived for those with compensable service-connected disabilities


Achieve and maintain suitable employment

Evaluation of the Veteran’s abilities, skills, interests, and needs

On-the-job and non-paid work experience education or training such as certificate, two or four-year programs

Independent Living

Training in activities of daily living

Personal adjustment counseling

Coming Home to Work

Provides early intervention services to OEF/OIF Servicemembers and Veterans in accessing VR&E services

Vocational Educational Counseling

Assistance in establishing employment and educational goals when transitioning from military service

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment


Insurance
Insurance

Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance

Veterans’ Group Life Insurance

post-separation insurance which allows Servicemembers to convert their SGLI coverage to renewable term insurance

Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance

Application must be made within two years of the granting of new service-connection for a disability

Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance

Veteran must have received a specially adapted housing grant from VA.

amount of coverage equals the amount of the mortgage still owed but the maximum can never exceed $90,000


Related Benefits

  • Free VA health care for all rated service-connected conditions

  • Specially Adapted Housing Grant

  • Automobile Grant

  • Vocational rehabilitation & employment services

  • VA life insurance - $10,000

  • Veteran’s preference in Federal hiring

  • VA home loan guaranty funding fee waived

  • Possible state and local benefits


Burial Benefits

120+ Cemeteries Nationwide

  • Gravesite

  • Opening and closing

  • Headstone/marker/medallion

  • Burial flag

  • Funeral honors

  • Presidential Memorial Certificate

  • Burial cost reimbursement

  • Perpetual care

  • All at no cost to the family


Resources

VA on the Internet VA by Phone

eBenefits

www.ebenefits.va.gov

VA Home Page

www.va.gov

VA on Facebook

www.facebook.com/Veterans

Affairs

VA on Twitter

http://twitter.com/DeptVetAffairs

Benefits information

(800) 827-1000

Education Benefits

(888) 442-4551

Health Care Eligibility

(877) 222-8387

SGLI/VGLI

(800) 419-1473

VA Life Insurance

(800) 669-8477


Help your buddy
Help Your Buddy

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VA’s

National Suicide Hotline Resource

1-800-273-TALK

(8255)


Resources

The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a Web site for wounded, ill and injured Service Members, Veterans, their families and those who support them.

Find a Homeless Coordinator


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