Veteran Services: Benefits


You served your country, and in the process you were injured. It could be a bad back. It could be loss of limb. Or maybe you're not sure if you're entitled to any government benefits. American Legion service officers file thousands of VA claims each year on behalf of America's veterans. And the Legion's Benefits Calculator can help you prepare to file a claim.


VA releases shutdown field guide to services

Many Department of Veterans Affairs’ services will remain available through the federal government shutdown; stopped immediately.

VA benefits in peril if government shuts down

VA warns that funding for veterans benefits will run out by late October if the federal government shuts down.

Are fully developed claims helping veterans?

Congress checked in with The American Legion and other VSOs to see how VA’s fully developed claims program is coming along.

Sanders chairs testimony session; defends VA

Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee says VA doing ‘good job’ despite criticism.

Shinseki renews vow to break backlog

VA secretary tells Legionnaires that all claims undecided a year or longer will be processed by end of the year, targets 2015 for full elimination.

Fully developed claims effort gets new ally

VA has gained another strong partner in its efforts to generate more fully developed claims for veterans’ disabilities.

Veterans eligible for retroactive benefits

Veterans who file fully developed claims are now eligible to receive up to one year of retroactive disability benefits.

Legion’s fully developed claims on the rise

The American Legion’s focus on FDCs is starting to pay off.

VA to host fully developed claims webinar

Legion to take part in the July 17 online session; service officers, health-care providers, social workers and other professionals encouraged to register.

NAACP addresses vet jobs, benefits

American Legion directors, corporate executives discuss ways they are helping veterans make transitions and file VA claims.