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Automobile Allowance

Automobile Allowance

Servicemembers and Veterans may be eligible for a one-time payment of not more than $18,900 toward the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance if you have certain service-connected disabilities. The grant is paid directly to the seller of the automobile and the Servicemember or Veteran may only receive the automobile grant once in his/her lifetime.
Certain Servicemembers and Veterans may also be eligible for adaptive equipment. Adaptive equipment includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle.

VA Home Loan Process



How do I apply for a VA guaranteed loan?

You can apply for a VA loan with any mortgage lender that participates in the VA home loan program.  At some point, you will need to get a Certificate of Eligibility from VA to prove to the lender that you are eligible for a VA loan.

 How do I obtain a VA Home Loan?

Here are the steps:

  • Select a home and discuss the purchase with the seller or selling agent. Sign a purchase contract conditioned on approval of your VA home loan.
  • Select a lender, present them with your Certificate of Eligibility if available, and complete a loan application.

VA Initiative Shows Early Promise in Reducing Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain

VA Initiative Shows Early Promise in Reducing Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain
February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014 VA Initiative Shows Early Promise in Reducing Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has initiated a multi-faceted approach to reduce the use of opioids among America’s Veterans using VA health care. The Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) is a comprehensive effort to improve the quality of life for the hundreds of thousands of Veterans suffering from chronic pain.

Veterans to Receive 1.5 Percent Cost-of-Living Increase

Veterans to Receive 1.5 Percent Cost-of-Living Increase

Backlog of Disability Claims Reduced by 34 Percent since March

Backlog of Disability Claims Reduced by 34 Percent since March

VA Offers Dental Insurance Program

VA Offers Dental Insurance Program

VA Resuming Normal Operations as Government Shutdown Ends

VA Resuming Normal Operations as Government Shutdown Ends

How the "Government Shutdown" will affect Veterans

Appropriations Lapse Plan
 
The President, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the administration strongly believe that a lapse in appropriations should not have occurred on October 1, 2013, and Congress should act to fund critical Government operations. During the government shutdown, VA medical centers, clinics and other health services have advance appropriations for 2014 and will remain open. VA has funds available to ensure claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education, and vocational rehabilitation programs will continue through late October.

Building Better Caregivers

Free Online Workshop Provides Information and Support
It’s called Building Better Caregivers™ and it’s a free six-week online workshop for family caregivers of Veterans.
If you are taking care of a Veteran, this workshop will help you learn a variety of skills like time and stress management, healthy eating, exercise and dealing with difficult emotions.
Participants log on two to three times each week to review lessons, exchange ideas with other caregivers and access tools to make caregiving easier.

VA Partners with American Bar Association and Legal Services Corporation to Launch a Pilot Program to Help Veterans Receive Decisions Faster and Reduce Claims Backlog

VA Partners with American Bar Association and Legal Services Corporation to Launch a Pilot Program to Help Veterans Receive Decisions Faster and Reduce Claims Backlog
August 9, 2013
 
Pro-Bono Pilot Program to Assist Veterans with Developing their Disability Claims
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced today a new partnership and pilot program aimed at reducing the claims backlog and making it easier for unrepresented Veterans to receive assistance developing their claims for disability pay.
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