Other Benefits

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DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

A Certificate of Release or Report of Separation is generally issued when a service member performs active duty or at least 90 consecutive days of active duty training. It is used to prove military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
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How to Get Food Supplements (Disabled Veterans)

FAQ on how to receive SNAP food supplement benefits.

Benefits / Financial Resources - Overview

If you are struggling financially, you can benefit from learning about income supports provided by the VA and DoD, as well as needs-based benefits available to the general public.

Examples of VA and DoD benefits:

Energy Assistance

Each state runs a program that helps households with low incomes buy fuel for heating or cooling.  Often the same agency will help with things like weatherization and applicance replacement.  More states are now creating their own programs for making homes more energy efficient.  And the federal government is offering tax credits toward the same goals. 

Food Supplements (formerly Food Stamps)

What are Food Supplements? 

You and your family may qualify for this benefit, even if you have too much money to qualify for other programs. You are given a card (like a debit card) to use when you buy food. (Some states may still use paper “stamps” or may have a different program name.) Your card is credited with monthly payments. The federal government also calls this SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers [UCX Program]

What is the UCX Program?

By federal law, certain members of the military can get Unemployment Compensation based on their active duty service. This is sometimes called the “UCX Program.”   It provides weekly income to servicemembers as they look for work, including those who can find only part-time work.

Unemployment Compensation: Special Rules for Servicemembers

What is Unemployment Compensation [UC]?

"Unemployment compensation” [UC] programs provide weekly income to workers who can’t find jobs. UC can help you get by if you are unemployed or only able to find part-time work. Weekly UC payments also include a small amount for dependents. Typically you need to have earned a certain minimum amount during a "base period" in order to qualify.

Unemployment Compensation for Spouses who Quit Work Because of Military Spouse Transfers

What is Unemployment Compensation?

Each State runs an Unemployment Compensation (UC) program for people who have lost their jobs. Eligible unemployed workers get weekly checks and can qualify for other work-related benefits.

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Don't Leave Money on the Table: Tax Credits and Public Benefits

Are you getting all of the tax credits and benefits you qualify for? Use our checklist to find out.