Too Many Vets Unaware of Their Benefits

November 21, 2012 | Terry Howell

A recent report posted on Military.com points out than more than half of our veterans have little or no understanding of the benefits due them, despite efforts over recent years to match returning soldiers with the help and services they need.

As expected, veterans who have served in our current conflicts are more aware of their benefits than previous generations. This is likely due to the VA’s efforts to promote programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the VOW Act. However, 40 percent of the post-9/11 vets say they have little or no understanding of their benefits.

 

The new requirement for all separating servicemembers to attend Transition GPS is designed to help raise awareness and help veterans take advantage of their benefits.

Learn more about the Transition GPS program.

About Terry Howell

Before becoming the Managing Editor for Military.com, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.

Comments

  1. All,

    I be the first to agree with this. I've seen hundreds of posts on these blogs that are just not true, not true at all.

    Source:

    Contract GS-23F-8144H Task Order 101-G87089
    National Survey of Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, Demobilized National Guard and Reserve Members, Family Members, and Surviving Spouses

    http://www.va.gov/vetdata/docs/SurveysAndStudies/

    • Chuck,Of course you have. A lot of these posts are written by severely drugged up veterans.They have the time and the VA gives them the drugs. Then they wonder why they can’t work.

      • Paul,

        LMAO, not sure that is the reason Vets are unaware of their benefits.

      • Paul .. apparently you have issues against veterans that saved your families ass from being a foreigner in our own country. I am One Of THOSE Disabled Veterans that gave my families livelihood .. ie. my whole right leg .. perforated my right ear drum & L4 & L5 got wasted parachuting in the 82nd Airborne .. My Family & I SUFFER .. so You Can Write Shit up about Those that served AND Suffer for your funky ass. YEAH .. No Wonder We Can't Work. I'll be more then happy to trade you shoes So You Can Walk A Mile In Mine .. to get a little Idea What We Go Through Day after Day.

  2. I would like to say I am single mother with a small child and served 8 years for the USAR. I am now in the process of getting the help I need I need from the VA for MST and PTSD from these incidents. I am now using my VRAP benefits to go to school to give myself the career I should have pursued long ago but did not due to incidents above. I am now a full time college student getting my AA in csi and I will be getting another AA in Forensic Scientist within 6 months of graduation from Everest University. I am also taking extra classes instead of 12 credit full time level. I am going for 16 credit for every term to graduate early. SO please do not say all vets are drugged up. I had to do alot of research and on top of that I am finally getting the help I needed long ago. I might be on medications but let me say I still have a 4..0 GPA and I am still a full time homemaker and I make sure my house is clean and my son's homework is all done every night. SO in regards to the comments I agree there are some BUT not all vets are just drugged up for the hell of it. Thanks

    and to all the women vets who have gone through MST please there is help out there and I am just getting ready to start the process of healing with the PTSD and MST. Keep on going that's all you can do.

    • Well said Jenr! Your message is very inspirational! Keep your soaring attitude that not only helps you reach your desired altitude, but inspires others to do the same.

    • You are a single mother, student, soldier, and woman who apparently leaves no door unturned. You have been and are using the strenghth that our Creator has given you. You my lady, are the definition of woman, Go for the gusto!

  3. Kenneth Ferdinand says:

    I would like to comment on the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, VRAP. I am currently enrolled in college because of tis program. I id not fully understand the program at first, but I'm learning along the way. At the time I was homeless, carless, and my dignity wasm shot. Then along came VRAP and I had new life only to find out it was a short lived life. I got an apartment, car, and regained some remnance of my dignity only to be placed back where I was. I was informed that because I'm on the VRAP, I can not do any kind of work study, and my tuition had to be paid out of the stipend. Hello, it is a program for 35 to 60 year old, unemployed 20 weeks or more veterans.

  4. James McCreary says:

    My husband served in the Air Force and was sent to Vietnam TDY but there is no record of his being there on his DD-214. Is there someone or someplace he contact to find out about this missing info for his record.

  5. VETERANS,

    I just created a petition entitled Bank Of America: Cancel the Foreclosure on Veteran Richard Barwick.

    I'm trying to collect 100 signatures, and I could really use your help.

    To read more about what I'm trying to do and to sign my petition, click here: http://www.change.org/petitions/bank-of-america-c

    It'll just take a minute!

    Once you're done, please ask your Veteran friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!

    Richard

  6. Dennis Wesley says:

    Good site to ask questions to some experienced veterans is at : DisabledVetsBenefits@yahoo.com
    You do need to be a Yahoo Groups member.

    • i served 23 yrs. Retired in 93. Collected 40% from VA and had it decusted from my pay until 2008. I was rated at 60% and approved foe concurrent receipt finally got 2 full checks. Was just rated at 100% and will now lose all of my military retirement pay since the VA payment is higher. Thats great but until they catch up with the paperwork I actually lose $248 for 4 months. Thats a rude awakening. Since my SBP will pay my wife more than DIC if I die. Thats cancelled and she will receive about $200 less a month from the VA. All that I paid in for 246 months to SBP is lost. I advise You young vets take out a 20 yr paid up lifepolicy while your young. I would have left a lot more for my family if I did. There are other benefits to being 100% but at age 66 I really doesnt make that much of a difference. Just had to vent this out there for other vets to watch there ratings and new vets beware.