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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says the nation's homeless veterans are mostly males (4% are females). The vast majority are single, most come from poor disadvantaged communities, 45% suffer from mental illness, and half have substance abuse problems. America's homeless veterans have served in World War II, Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Iraqi Freedom or the military's anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Forty-seven percent of homeless veterans served during the Vietnam Era. More than 67% served our country for at least three years and 33% were stationed in a war zone.

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Introduction Welcome: Below is a list of important phone numbers, websites and general information regarding your military service eligibility. For additional information, visit the VA Web page at www.va.gov for more detailed information. If we, can be of further assistance please contact Leroy, Veteran and Outreach Director at 909.888.7454. General Eligibility Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coastguard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Generally, men and women veterans with similar service may be entitled to the same VA benefits. Dishonorable and bad conduct discharges issued by general courts martial may bar VA benefits. Veterans in prison and parolees must contact a VA regional office to determine eligibility. VA benefits will not be provided to any veteran or dependent wanted for an outstanding felony warrant. Certain VA Benefits Require Wartime Service Certain VA benefits require service during wartime. Under the law, VA recognizes these war periods:  Mexican Border Period: May 9, 1916, through April 5, 1917, for veterans who served in Mexico, on its borders or in adjacent waters. 

 

Mexican Border Period: May 9, 1916, through April 5, 1917, forveterans who served in Mexico, on its borders or
in adjacent waters.
 
  • World War I: April 6, 1917, through Nov. 11, 1918; for veterans who served in Russia, April 6, 1917, through April 1, 1920; extended through July 1, 1921, for veterans who had at least one day of servicebetween April 6, 1917, and Nov. 11, 1918.
  • World War II: Dec. 7, 1941, through Dec. 31, 1946.
  • Korean War: June 27, 1950, through Jan. 31, 1955.
  • Vietnam War: Aug. 5, 1964 (Feb. 28, 1961, for veterans who served"in country" before Aug. 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975.
  • Gulf War: Aug. 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or PresidentialProclamation. 
Important Documents Needed to ExpediteVA Benefits Delivery In order to expedite benefits delivery, veterans seeking a VA benefitfor the first time must submit a copy of their service discharge form(DD-214, DD-215, or for World War II veterans, a WD form), whichdocuments service dates and type of discharge, or give their fullname, military service number, and branch and dates of service.The veteran's service discharge form should be kept in a safe locationaccessible to the veteran and next of kin or designated representative.The following documents will be needed for claims processing relatedto a veteran's death: (1. Veteran's marriage certificate for claims of a surviving spouseor children. (2.Veteran's death certificate if the veteran did not die in a VAhealth care facility. (3.Children's birth certificates or adoption papers to determinechildren's benefits. (4.Veteran's birth certificate to determine parents' benefits.   The following four categories of veterans are not required to enroll but are urged to do so to permit better planning of health resources: 1. Veterans with a service- connected disability of 50 percent or more.2.       Veterans seeking care for a disability the military determined was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, but which VA has not yet rated, within the last 12 months of discharge. 3. Veterans seeking care for a service- connected disability only. 4. Veterans seeking registry  examinations ( lionizing Radiation, Agent Orange, Gulf War/Operation Iraqi Freedom and Depleted Uranium).   Phone Numbers 
  • Bereavement Counseling 1-202-461-6530
  • Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA) 1-800-733-8387
  • Caregiver Support 1-855-260-3274
  • Education 1-888-442-4551
  • Federal Recovery Coordination Program 1-877-732-4456
  • Foreign Medical Program 1-888-820-1756
  • Headstones and Markers 1-800-697-6947
  • Health Care 1-877-222-8387
  • Homeless Veterans 1-877-424-3838
  • Home Loans 1-888-244-6711
  • Life Insurance 1-800-669-8477
  • National Cemetery Scheduling Office 1-800-535-1117
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • Pension Management Center 1-877-294-6380
  • Presidential Memorial Certificate Program 1-202-565-4964
  • Special Health Issues 1-800-749-8387
  • Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) 1-800-829-4833VA
  • Benefits 1-800-827-1000 Women Veterans 1-202-461-1070
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