If you're behind on your home loan payments, can't make a due date, or if financial trouble is looming, VA can help.

Trouble Making Payments - Home Loans

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Have you seen our Facebook "Videos" tab? We have lots of great videos and tutorials with helpful VBA information. Today, we're sharing this oldie-but-a-goodie: "Compensation 101: What is Disability Compensation?"
We're often asked, "Do you have benefits for [group]?" VA benefits are for all US military Veterans (and in many cases, their spouses and dependents), but some groups need tailored information relating to their service. Along the left column of our website, there's a tab labeled "Special Groups." One of those groups--shared here today--is Gulf War Veterans.

Gulf War Veterans - Veterans

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The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday has become not only a day of remembrance, but also a day of service.

King’s dream represents our country’s highest ideal — that all men and women are created equal — an idea secured by all those who stepped forward to defend our great nation. For duty to country knows only three colors – red, white and blue.

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VA Voluntary Service Home

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"The popularity of the VA home loan benefit started back in 1944 has seen a serious uptick nationally in the last two years, one VA leader and other approved lenders say speaks to the large number of veterans who wish to become homeowners..."

VA home loans major perk for vet homebuyers

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This year's games will take place May 7 - 11 in Biloxi, Mississippi, with nearly 800 athletes from across the country expected to compete. Applications open on February 1st.

Get ready for the 2017 Veterans Golden Age Games

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VA has several different life insurance plans. Learn more about them, as well as how to file!

Plans of Insurance - Life Insurance

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In the early 1980s contaminants were found in two wells that provided water at Camp Lejeune, N.C. It is estimated that the contaminants were in the water supply from the mid-1950’s until February 1985 when the wells were shut down. VA has established a presumption of service connection for eight diseases for eligible Vets who served on the base during that period. This rule was published TODAY...
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Exposure to Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune - Compensation

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This week we celebrate the life and service of U.S. Navy and Vietnam War Veteran, Austin Monroe Lindsey, who died recently in his home. He was 85. Lindsey--who was an accomplished and well-decorated aviator--served for 23 years before retiring to his adoring community. Thank you for your service, Austin.

Navy aviator dodged death three times in storied career

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#WomenVets, If you can get to Dallas in mid-March: "The 2017 National Women Veterans Summit will... provide training, information, and guidance to assist women Veterans... navigating through VA and community resources... The summit will consist of lectures, discussion panels, an exhibit hall, and an open forum... Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from VA leadership, and participate in...
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2017 National Women Veterans Summit scheduled for March 17-18 in Dallas, Texas - VAntage Point

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Thousands of #Veterans and military family members have found helpful local support through the MakeTheConnection.net resource locator. Fill in your ZIP code or state, and check the boxes for the types of programs or topics that interest you:

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If you're planning to file a claim for service-connected disability, consider including a Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) with your evidence. DBQs allow Veterans and Servicemembers the option of completing an examination with their own healthcare provider instead of at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility.

Submitting a DBQ with your Compensation Claim

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TOMORROW, January 11, our friends at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting a chat on #BurnPitRegistry at 2pm EST.
This is an oldie but a goodie, and it's worth revisiting: Veterans with PTSD are often wrongly stereotyped, but evidence suggests the headlines are irresponsible, inaccurate.

The “Dangerous” Veteran: An Inaccurate Media Narrative Takes Hold - VAntage Point

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VA recently completed the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) pilot program. Here's how it did:

Economic opportunity pilot connects Veterans to resources - VAntage Point

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"According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, veterans are 45 percent more likely to start their own businesses than non-military citizens. California leads the nation with more than 250,000 veteran-owned businesses, many of which can be found in or near San Diego, home to the largest concentration of military personnel in the United States."

Veterans move from military force to workforce with help from start-up experts

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"Through the years, Katie has developed long lasting relationships with the veterans she's worked with."

Local Teen Volunteers at VA for Nearly a Decade

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“With today's announcement, the department is reaffirming its intention to review and potentially upgrade the discharge status of all individuals that are eligible and that apply,” the notice reads.

DOD releases guidance for veterans seeking upgrades and corrections to discharges and military records

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Medal of Honor recipients reflect on heroism, brotherhood at Military Bowl reception: "'It's something that's hard to really grasp,' said Groberg, who received the award in 2015... His fellow honorees, he said, have 'done acts that you read in books or you see in Hollywood movies. The fact that I get to hang out around them … it just makes me realize that I’m a lucky dude.'"

Honored guests: MoH recipients reflect on heroism, brotherhood at Military Bowl reception

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“We are looking to get as many veterans as we can to come and see and talk with these artists,” he said. “Hopefully, it will encourage many to explore the arts.”

Showing off the art of veterans on Ninth Street

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