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About the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a wide range of benefits for the nation's veterans, service members, and their families. Who Is Eligible for Benefits-General Overview You may be eligible for VA benefits if you are: x a veteran x a veteran’s dependent x a surviving spouse, child, or parent of a deceased veteran Compensation The VA will pay you monthly compensation if you are at least 10% disabled as a result of your military service. Pension You can receive a monthly pension if you are a wartime veteran with limited income, and you are permanently and totally disabled or at least age 65. There is no time limit to apply for compensation and pension benefits. Healthcare The VA provides a number of healthcare services. x Hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy, and prosthetic services x Domiciliary, nursing home, and community based residential care x Sexual trauma counseling x Specialized healthcare for womenveterans x Health and rehabilitation programs for homelessveterans x Readjustment counseling x Alcohol and drug dependency treatment x Medical evaluation for disorders associated with military service during OIF/OEF, the Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, or WWII, as well as post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, exposure to Agent Orange, radiation, and other environmental hazards. x an active duty military service member x a member of the Reserve or National Guard Benefits and Services Available

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