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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Contact info for Veterans benefits

For more information about specific benefits, visit the nearest VA regional office or call: 1-800-827-1000 Special Toll-Free Numbers
Health Care 877-222-8387
Education & Training 888-442-4551
VA Life Insurance 800-669-8477
Office of SGLI 800-419-1473
Office of CHAMPVA 800-733-8387
Helpline (Agent Orange and Gulf War) 800-749-8387
Direct Deposit 877-838-2778
Headstones (Status of claims only) 800-697-6947
Telecommunication Device for Deaf (TDD) 800-829-4833
HOW TO APPLY FOR VETERANS BENEFITS:
APPLYING VIA THE INTERNET
VONAPP
The VONAPP (Veterans On Line Applications) website is an official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (V A) website, which enables veterans to apply for benefits using the Internet. U.S. military veterans and some service members within six months of separation or retirement can apply for compensation, pension, and vocational rehabilitation benefits.
U.S. military veterans, service members with two years of service, and members of the Selected Reserve can apply for education benefits.
VONAPP also has a link to VA Form 10-10EZ, Application for Health Benefits.
How is using this site different from visiting a V A office?When you use this site to complete and send an application to V A, your application will be sent directly to the V A office with jurisdiction over your application. Processing will begin and you will receive an automated e-mail response from the V A office letting you know that it received your application.
It can be important for you to submit your claim as soon as you can if it is near the end of a month, whether by regular mail or using VONAPP, to ensure we receive it before the first of the next month. In some cases, your entitlement is based on the date we receive your claim in V A and you might lose a month's benefits if we find you eligible but you wait until the end of the month to send it to us.
In VONAPP, your electronic submission using the Internet is time and date stamped in V A when you successfully submit. That time and date is the Eastern Time (ET) at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where it is electronically received by V A, regardless of your geographic location around the world.
http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
For detailed information about all VA benefits and services, visit: www.va.gov Survivors: Information specific to survivors is available. Select “Benefits,” then “Survivors’ Benefits.” Applications: Apply for Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Education, or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment benefits by selecting “Apply Online.” Inquiries: A “Contact VA” link is available for e-mail inquiries.To determine whether you are eligible to receive benefits, call the VA Regional Office at 800-827-1000/TTY: 800-829-4833. For Health Benefits- Apply to the VA hospital near you For Mental Health Benefits - Apply to a VA hospital or Veterans Center You must provide the following information to the VA before your claim can be processed: Your VA claim file or "C" number; Your full name and current address; Your Social Security number; and The type of benefit you wish to receive. The following information will assist the VA in processing your claim: The branch in which you served; Your military serial number, if you served prior to 1969; Your dates of service; Your date of birth and birthplace. If you have applied for benefits in the past, remember to notify the benefits counselor. Veterans' Hotline800-382-3000TTY: 800-964-3013To inquire concerning the status of your compensation, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), pension, burial, accrued, clothing allowance, automobile, specially adapted housing, or spina bifida claim or to ask any general Compensation & Pension (C&P) benefit question, you may call our toll-free number:1-800-827-1000.

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