What Rights Do Veterans Have?


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In addition to rights outlined by the U.S. Constitution to every citizen, veterans of the United States have rights to health care, disability compensation, pensions, education and vocational training, and home loan guarantees, states The Free Dictionary. These rights depend on several factors involving discharge status and time served.

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What Rights Do Veterans Have?
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Other rights given to veterans include the benefits of life insurance, burial services and survivor benefits. Benefits given to veterans, and appeals to the rights of veterans, are handled by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. The department also handles the veteran's right to work through job placement and career services, states the department's official website.

In order to be afforded veteran's rights and receive benefits, veterans must enroll with the Department of Veteran's Affairs, explains the VA. However, some veterans receive an exempt status for enrollments, such as those with a 50 percent or more disability that was caused by service in one of the U.S. Armed Forces. For veterans who become permanently or totally disabled, the VA gives monetary assistance in the form of a pension to those who qualify. Those who do not typically qualify for veteran's rights and benefits have been dishonorably discharged from duty or they have received injuries from willful misconduct.

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