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Veterans Benefits For Dummies Kindle Edition

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Length: 388 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Meet eligibility requirements, gather the right documents, and earn the benefits due you

Want to take full advantage of your military benefits? This concise, plain-English guide explains the various programs available to you and your family, and helps you properly file applications, claims, and appeals. You'll make sense of the often-confusing world of the Department of Veterans Affairs and see exactly how to get the benefits you need and deserve.

  • Understand your status — based on length, type, place, and period of service, know where you stand as a veteran

  • Work with the VA and service offices — evaluate the VA healthcare program and Tricare, the DOD healthcare system

  • Navigate the VA disability compensation and application process — understand disability ratings and available programs including CRSC

  • Find your way home — use a low-interest loan to finance your dream house or retire gracefully in a military home

  • Travel in style — take advantage of military aircraft and lodging around the world

  • Carry on in memory — discover payments and benefits available to spouses and dependent children of deceased veterans and how to request honors and memorials

Open the book and find:

  • Whether you meet basic qualifications for veterans

  • How to change your discharge status

  • The lowdown on pensions and retirement pay

  • Ways the new G.I. Bill affects servicemen and women

  • Clear explanations of medical and dental benefits

  • The pros and cons of the VA home loan

  • Financial planning tips

  • Help for homeless veterans

About the Author

Rod Powers is a recognized expert in all U.S. military matters. A military author, his articles have appeared in numerous military and civilian publications. Powers is the co-author of the successful ASVAB For Dummies, 2nd Edition, and serves as a military guide for About.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 735 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470398655
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 18, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 18, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001U5VJR2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rod Powers is a recognized expert in all U.S. military matters. He is a retired First Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force. He also serves as the military guide for About.com at www.usmilitary.about.com.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rex1029 on June 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
After 20 years in the military retirement transition assistance was a two week "awareness" event with almost more rumor and deception than fact.
This book has tons of facts never exposed or explained. And just the savings exposed through the (FREE!) Armed Forces Vacation Club in a one night stay pays for the book 5 times over.
Super for the four year enlistee and the 36 year retiree.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Carmack on June 4, 2009
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This book has served as a great tool to navigate the confusing and frustrating world of VA benefits. I strongly recommend this to any retired or current service member. The book gives detailed explanations to VA benefits such as mortgages, medicine, disability, etc. It has saved my family thousands of dollars and was truly money well spent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By topmud on September 13, 2011
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This booklit is very easy to understand for me. It has a lot of information that most vet's already know but, there are several items I found that were new for me. I use the VA medical system and this helped me with some of my questions. It is a must if you are a young vet just starting through the system. I wish this would have been around in 1969 when I returned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonny on August 5, 2013
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Pro's: This book is well written, very clear, with a good layout.
Con's: It's 4 years old, so it's missing some content, most notably, information regarding the post 9/11 GI Bill. The book is geared towards full time active duty and retired veterans, not so much for National Guard and Reserve who served tours overseas.
My advise, find out if you qualify for the military ID card as a veteran, if you do, this book will have a lot of helpful advice for you, if you don't, than this book probably won't be worth the $$. I bought the book specifically looking for information and tips on the vocational rehabilitation program, and I was disappointed in the content regarding that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathy G on January 11, 2015
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I was a dummy for buying this book. It is very poorly written. I wasted my money. All of the information contained in this book is available on the Veterans Administration website for free. There are three non-profit Veterans service organizations that offer free Veterans benefits guidance in understanding and applying for benefits: The Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion. They have offices located in every Veterans Administration Office and have posts in most towns and cities. (They also help the Veteran's family members.) Every state has Veterans Service Officers as well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R J on March 23, 2011
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Before departing the service, all military personnel receive a TAP (Transition Assistance Program) Briefing. They are "over" saturated with information on vet benefits and that results in little retention. Even vets who have separated or retired years ago don't know everything about vet benefits. This book is a great starting point for a vet to get a better idea of what benefits are available. IF you're a vet, this is a good book for your library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flyboy855 on June 16, 2014
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not well organized very difficult to find information and some of what I have found is out dated. Needs to be re writtin to organize it better and put more sources of info so you can go there to get the latiest info.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Haag on November 19, 2013
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This edition was published in 2009 and I expected the 2013 Edition when I bought it "new".
Kind of deceptive in the ad.
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