Money & Debt

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Supplemental Programs

These VA programs are helpful but may not cover all of your school expenses. So you may need to look for other programs that can help you to make up the difference.

M21 Compensation Based on Individual Unemployability (IU)

Read for more information on M21 compensation based on individual unemployability (IU).
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Pension Advances: Not So Fast

If you're looking for ways to generate cash to make ends meet, a pension advance may sound like the solution. However, before you sign on the dotted line it's important to know what you are getting yourself into. Terms may be hidden and you could find yourself in a bad deal!
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Should I Opt Into the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)?

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) created a flyer providing information to veterans deciding whether to opt into the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP). RAMP is not a good fit for everyone. This information will help you decide if RAMP is a good fit for you. 

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Legal Services Organizations by State

Every State has one or more organizations that provide free legal services for low-income individuals and families. Many military and veteran families may qualify for this assistance.

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Interactive Form - Motion to Stay Proceedings

You and your family have certain legal protections when you are called into active duty military service. These laws apply to members of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard and other uniformed services. A law providing many of these protections is called the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). This law helps protect members of the military and their families from financial and legal harm because of military service.
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Interactive Form - SCRA Letter from Commanding Officer

You and your family have certain legal protections when you are called into active duty military service. These laws apply to members of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard and other uniformed services.
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Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act

The Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act is a federal law that authorizes state courts to distribute military retired pay to a spouse or former spouse of a service member as part of a divorce decree.
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SCRA Claims: How to Get Attorney Help

Learn more about the provision in the Veterans Benefits Act of 2010 that should make it easier for you to find a private attorney in a SCRA claim.
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Medical Malpractice by the VA

Many current or former service members and their families receive medical care at healthcare centers and hospitals operated by the VA.  Sometimes, actions by the VA doctor or healthcare staff may cause harm to the patient.