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Resources for veterans seeking benefits

Military veterans are eligible for a wide range of benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, including health care, disability compensation, burial and survivor benefits, education and home loans.

"The Veterans Self-Help Guide on VA Claims" is a useful resource. It's available from the National Veterans Legal Services Program and can be ordered online for $7.50 at

Other resources:

_The Department of Veterans Affairs, 1-800-827-1000 or

_Your state or county department of veterans services may have employees who specialize in helping veterans pursue federal benefits. For a list of state offices, go to or contact the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers at

_ Nonprofit veterans groups, such as Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars, also have service officers who can help with claims. To find one, go to


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