The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers services to eligible veterans such as health care, pensions, assistance with education, job training and employment services. Other services it provides include life insurance, home loans, burial services and benefits for spouses, dependents and survivors.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administrates the largest health care system in the United States, with over 1,700 health care facilities serving 8.76 million veterans yearly as of 2015. Pensions are available for veterans of war who are 65 or older or who have permanent disabilities. The VA helps veterans pay for tuition, housing and other educational expenses through the Post-911 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, the Reserve Educational Assistance program, and the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance program. For job seekers, the VA helps with vocational training, employment counseling and job seeking resources.
The VA has life insurance programs for service members, veterans and their families. Home loan programs help veterans buy new homes, refinance existing loans or improve present homes. The VA provides free burial services, grave site care and headstones or other markers for veterans with qualifying discharges. For survivors such as spouses, children and dependent parents of veterans killed in the line of duty, the VA offers numerous benefits including income, health care, educational assistance, home loans and life insurance.