VETERANS’ BENEFITS

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides various benefits to U.S. military veterans, including: disability compensation, pensions, education benefits, vocational and employment services, healthcare benefits, insurance benefits, and survivors’ and dependents’ benefits.[1751] Here you will learn about how your criminal record and incarceration may affect your access to these benefits. For more detailed and comprehensive information, you should read:

    The California Veterans Resource Book,[1752] an overview of veterans’ resources across the state; and
    The Guidebook for California Incarcerated Veterans,[1753] a practical resource for pre- and post-release planning. You can also call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 (TDD 1-800-829-4833) with questions and to obtain copies of all these resources.[1754] If you have Internet access, visit www.benefits.va.gov/benefits for further details and downloadable forms; and visit www.ebenefits.va.gov to view your status, access your documents, and apply for VA benefits.
  1. 1751

    See U.S.C. Title 38; Federal Benefits for Veterans Dependents and Survivors (2014), U.S. Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp; Your Right to Representation (2011), Prison Law Office, http://www.prisonlaw.com/pdfs/BenefitsLetter,Aug2011.pdf; Summary of VA Benefits, U.S. Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/benefits-summary/SummaryofVABenefitsFlyer.pdf

  2. 1752

    California Veterans Resource Book (2014), California Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, www.calvet.ca.gov/VetServices/Documents/Veteran_%20Resource_%20book_2014.pdf

  3. 1753

    Guidebook for California Incarcerated Veterans, 4th ed. (2013), U.S. Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, www.va.gov/HOMELESS/docs/Reentry/09_ca.pdf

  4. 1754

    Federal Benefits for Veterans Dependents & Survivors (2014), U.S. Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

  1. Am I eligible for veterans’ (VA) benefits?

  2. Can my criminal history limit my ability to get VA benefits?

  3. How do I apply for VA benefits?

  4. Can I apply for VA benefits while incarcerated?

  5. I was receiving VA benefits before I got arrested. What happens to them while I’m incarcerated?

  6. My VA benefits were reduced or stopped while I was incarcerated. How do I restore or restart my VA benefits?

  7. I’m disqualified from VA benefits because of my negative discharge status. How can I have my discharge status reviewed for an upgrade?