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DOD Compensation & Benefits Handbook (for wounded, ill or injured service members and their families)

  The 2011 DoD Compensation and Benefits Handbook is a quick reference guide for wounded, ill and injured Service members and their loved ones during rehabilitation to reintegration. This Handbook was designed to answer questions in the order in which they are most likely to arise, including chapter more...

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Surviving Spouses and Children

Summary DIC is a tax-free monthly benefit paid by the VA to eligible survivors of the following:a military service member who died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training;a veteran whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease;a veteran whose death resulted from a non-service related injury or disease but who was receiving (or entitled to receive) VA compensation for service-related di more...

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Don't Leave Money on the Table

Find out about financial support programs you may qualify to receive. more...

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Federal Jobs for Spouses of Certain Disabled or Deceased Veterans

As the spouse of a veteran, you may benefit from federal job-hiring preferences. These rules recognize the hardships you have endured as the result of service. They give veterans and qualifying spouses an edge when it comes to getting a federal job – and keeping that job in the face of job cuts.A new rule, effective September 30, 2011, affects spouses of veterans:with 100 percent disability, orwho were killed while on active dutyThese spouses were alre more...

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How to Appeal a VA Benefits Denial to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC)

This classroom is here to help you through your appeal of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) decision denying your claim for VA benefits. We hope that this will help you feel more confident about dealing with the legal system.  more...

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