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Posted May 26, 2009
Without a doubt, this book is a must have for any veteran or their spouse, beneficiaries or surviving family members. There are countless government agencies and groups available to help support veterans and their families in transitioning, however, the sheer volume and multitude of different agencies can overwhelm even the most organized person.
Brown's book breaks out each benefit area into a main section, providing all manner of information from eligibility to contact numbers to comments about the level of difficulty in navigating the particular process. I find it hard to imagine that any stone has been left unturned when it comes to finding and accessing all of the benefits a veteran is entitled to receive. And while you could find all of this information by visiting each and every website, and tracking each and every deadline and benefit, why should you? This book takes the work out of finding where to go, when and how, and that leaves the reader able to spend their time actually applying for and receiving the benefits instead of trying track down the information.
Very helpful and informative book.
Posted August 27, 2008
Do you as a veteran or active-duty military know about what benefits are available to you? In this unique book you will find the answers you are seeking and need to know. Such as this small sampling GI Bill scholarships, grants, eligibility, apprenticeship programs, details of VA loans, education and training programs, VA home loans, vocational rehabilitation and employment, homeless veterans, and frequently asked questions. Also there are staggering statistics such as there are 1.6 million servicemen and women who have fought in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq. The one most alarming is that it is estimated that 200,000 veterans may be homeless. The most important reason why is veterans don¿t know that help is available through government and state programs to assist them. This book is written mainly for those servicemen and women who have served in the war on terrorism but is equally beneficially for other vets as well. An excellent easy to read resource for military and their families to read and refer to time and time again. Written by author Bruce C. Brown who is currently serving his twenty-fourth year in the U. S. Coast Guard has definitely done his homework concerning the benefits available to active military personal and veterans. Author of five books and awards he has definitely provided an outstanding resource in obtaining your maximum benefits available. This is one book that should be in the home of every veteran and active military and their families since there is so much available that all should be aware of what is available to them at any given time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2008
I have never been in the military, but my sister will soon be returning from a tour of duty in Iraq. At a loss to offer little more than love, encouragement and moral support upon my sister¿s return home, I bought this book in an effort to educate myself about the options available to returning vets. Reading this book was empowering because it armed me with a reference guide to benefits for military veterans, and valuable answers surrounding entitlements and benefits. Veterans enjoy a multitude of benefits in return for their service to our country. But knowing what those benefits are, who qualifies and how to apply for them within a sea of bureaucracy can be daunting. Even though the author is a 24-year Veteran, he has keenly organized a wealth of information so well that civilians and military personnel alike can easily find the answers to questions about eligibility, enrollment and the application process for Veterans¿ benefits and entitlements. The FAQs, side-by-side comparison charts, facility location lists, payment rate schedules, Website references, phone numbers and current and ongoing changes to the system make this book a valued reference to returning Vets and those who care about them. With little knowledge about the military, I found this book enlightening and even encouraging, having learned of the many benefits, entitlements, programs, training and myriad other aids available to our country¿s Veterans. I¿m confident that I can now help my sister and other returning Veterans wade through the complex system to ensure that they receive all of the benefits, entitlements and options available to them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2008
I found this book to be very informative with detailed definitions right at the beginning to educate the readers and help them to understand the book more clearly. It discusses every possible type of benefits a soldier could receive. Reading this book opened my eyes to what generally goes on in the army. The sections in the book that includes the discussion of payments regarding wounds and illnesses appealed to me most. I never really put much thought into soldiers being diagnosed with cancer while serving their country and needing to undergo treatment. I also didn¿t realize that soldiers also receive benefits for severe wounds, such as losing an arm, a leg, or the ability to see. I have never been very interested in the army, however this book kept me interested and intrigued as I learned something new within each chapter. It never occurred to me just how much thought must be put into deciding which method of pay, and which type of investment a soldier could apply for in order to receive the maximum benefits that they deserve. This book is very detailed and easy to read and understand. It is recommended for anyone who is interested in joining the military, anyone who has been in the military in the past, or anyone who is just plain interested in the army.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2008
This is the easiest book on Veterans Benefits I have ever read. The book covers Veterans Benefits as they apply to every Veteran that is alive today. There is a substantial amount of information on how to transition from military to civilian life. There is even a special chapter on services for Homeless Veterans. If you or someone close to you has ever served in the military there is something in this book for you. There was one tip that I never knew, each state has its own web site for Veterans and that these sites might be easier to use than the Federal web site. If you have ever tried to find information on the official federal Veterans web site then you know how hard it can be to get answers. Lieutenant Commander Bruce C. Brown has done his homework to get prepared for his retirement. In this book he has shared all that he has learned.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2008
When a veteran transitions from a career of active military service to civilian life, there are a number of unknowns. Where will he or she go for health benefits? What about retirement benefits? Dependent benefits? Even help transitioning to a civilian role? Though navigating through the Veterans Administration and other federal programs and agencies can be a daunting task, ¿Returning from the War on Terrorism: What Every Veteran Needs to Know to Receive Your Maximum Benefits¿ by Bruce C. Brown seeks to serve as a guide for those veterans. Written by a career military man who has faced these same issues (Brown recently waived retirement to stay in the Coast Guard), ¿Returning from the War on Terrorism¿ offers a unique perspective to other veterans. Here is a book written by someone not for fame, fortune or glory, but someone who has lived what other veterans have lived. He is someone who has experienced the same fears they have. That, more than anything else, adds instant credibility to his work that many other books may not have. Brown begins to informing veterans of what they need to take care of while they are still on active duty. Some benefits, such as dental, must be applied for before even leaving the service, Brown notes. From there, Brown, with the precision and thoroughness of a military man, methodically works through a hodgepodge of federal agencies and programs, each with something to offer the nation¿s veterans. Brown also goes to great effort to convey that veterans¿ benefits are not only related to health, though that is a major, and very important part, of any package to veterans. However, it also includes help for those struggling to navigate the transition to the civilian world. It includes education benefits and even benefits that go to surviving spouses and dependents. The title of the book, while it may catch the interest of younger veterans, may be somewhat misleading. This is not just a book for those who are fighting, or have recently fought, in the Iraq and Afghanistan theater of operations. This is a book that is useful for any veteran. Brown notes that in his introduction as well. However, it may be true that younger veterans may get more use out of the book. Many older veterans have already learned how to get the most out of their veterans benefits, even if they did not have such a convenient guide. Brown did not cut corners with his research, either. He went the extra mile to provide veterans with not only the names of offices and their various functions, but also contact information such as telephone numbers, Web sites and addresses. The book has information for just about every agency one could think of, and probably a few not even members of Congress know exist. Further, while the book was written specifically for veterans, it could benefit a number of people. This book should be a must-have reference guide not only for veterans, but for veterans¿ families and even local veterans affairs offices. ¿Returning from the War on Terrorism: What Every Veteran Needs to Know to Receive Your Maximum Benefits¿ can be an invaluable time-saving tool when looking for benefits, where to appeal decisions and other such information.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.