To be included in the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs database and be eligible to receive ongoing government military benefits, completing the application process is mandatory. The application process is the only way the VA has of identifying and servicing its large population of veterans. The application process also determines who meets eligibility requirements to receive a myriad of benefits, such as medical care, educational assistance, home loans and military pensions.
Veterans' benefits programs offered by the VA are designed to assist individuals who have served honorably in the military. Veterans struggling with chronic medical issues related to military service duties can access VA services for treatment. Vets suffering from various physical injuries can receive comprehensive low-cost medical treatments including dialysis, transplants and emergency care. Many VA hospitals have treatment programs for traumatic brain injury caused by combat situations. Vets who have mental disabilities such as post-traumatic stress syndrome can find help by using VA medical benefits.
The VA also has benefit programs that makes transitioning from military to civilian life easier. The Veteran's Employment Training Service is a government program that provides job training and employment outreach services to veterans. Eligible vets can apply for vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits by visiting the veteran's benefits page at the VA website (VA.gov) and downloading the appropriate forms.