For soldiers returning home, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers health care, disability compensation, pensions and memorial benefits. It also offers life insurance, home loans, education and training, and employment counseling and assistance.
The VA offers veterans free or low-cost comprehensive health coverage, including preventive and specialty care, prescription drugs, home health care, mental health care and necessary medical equipment. Veterans with disabilities incurred or exacerbated during active service can receive monthly tax-free disability benefit payments. Disabled or elderly veterans with limited income and resources may be eligible to receive pensions. Veterans' spouses and dependents may be eligible for memorial benefits that include burial, headstones and maintenance in a national VA cemetery.
The VA also offers several low-cost life insurance options to returning veterans. Home loan programs can help veterans buy a new home, refinance or renovate an existing home. They can also be used to adapt a home for the disabled. The VA provides education and training for veterans and their families through programs such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, the Reserve Educational Assistance Program, and Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance. Employment help includes vocational counseling as well as job-seeking tools, resume builders and other online resources at the eBenefits Employment Center portal.