For Service to Your Country: The Insider's Guide to Veteran's Benefits

For Service to Your Country: The Insider's Guide to Veteran's Benefits

by Peter S. Gaytan, Marian Edelman Borden
     
 
ADVICE FOR VETS-

FROM A V.A. BENEFITS INSIDER.

If you're a veteran-or a veteran's family member-you know how hard it is to navigate the complicated V.A. benefits maze. This book will help. Filled with insider information, it steers you through the process so you and your family can get the benefits you're entitled to.

Written by a leading expert in veterans'

Overview

ADVICE FOR VETS-

FROM A V.A. BENEFITS INSIDER.

If you're a veteran-or a veteran's family member-you know how hard it is to navigate the complicated V.A. benefits maze. This book will help. Filled with insider information, it steers you through the process so you and your family can get the benefits you're entitled to.

Written by a leading expert in veterans' affairs, this invaluable guide gives clear, step-by-step, form-by-form advice on cutting through the red tape-so you can get the medical, financial and other support you've earned. And if benefits are denied, it will show you how to appeal an unfair decision.

You'll find essentials on:

• Strategies for dealing with the paperwork

• How to get the right help for medical issues

• A complete list of little-known benefits

• Medical centers, service organizations, and other resources

You'll learn how to develop a great filing system for documentation.how to apply for housing and educational loans.and when-and how-to take shortcuts. When you're dealing with a system that says "no" more than "yes," it helps to know every angle-before you fill out all those forms in triplicate.

"Take advantage of these opportunities if you are eligible. You've earned them and deserve them."—Senator Bob Dole

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This book will help veterans make sense of the dense bureaucracy of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Gaytan (director, American Legion Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division) and Borden (The Baffled Parent's Guide to Sibling Rivalry) enumerate the benefits to which veterans are entitled and counsel readers on how veterans may take advantage of these benefits. The book opens with a history of the veterans' benefits system and a discussion of eligibility. Health care, disability and rehabilitation, death benefits, the GI Bill, VA loans, and job preference benefits are explained. The authors provide tips on record keeping and documentation and show readers how to undertake an appeal when benefits are denied. The text is specific and practical, clarifying which VA form to use to secure the needed benefit. Nearly half the book consists of appendixes with useful lists of VA medical facilities, veterans' service organizations, state-by-state contact information, and Small Business Association offices for veterans. This will be a necessary purchase for most public libraries because it updates older titles such as Christopher P. Michel's The Military Advantage: A Comprehensive Guide to Your Military & Veterans Benefits and John D. Roche's The Veteran's Survival Guide.
—Joan Pedzich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806528724
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Peter S. Gaytan has served as an advocate in securing and protecting the earned benefits of America's veterans in Washington, DC, for more than a decade. He is the director of the American Legion Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Division. The American Legion is the largest veterans' service organization in America.

Marian Edelman Borden is the author of eight nonfiction books and a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild. She is also a parenting expert on ClubMom.com. She lives in New York.

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