Veterans & Servicemembers Survival Guide
source: RAO BULLETIN 1 March 2009
Thanks to Nick Sylvestri
The American Veterans & Servicemembers Survival Guide is available
on line at http://www.veteransforamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/survival-guide.pdf.
The new publication, provided by the Veterans for America organization,
is a follow-up to the 1985 The Viet Vet Survival Guide. It is a
downloadable no cost resource for veterans of all periods. The guide
will help a veteran understand what's going on, it is not a substitute
for a good lawyer or other advocate. And it isn't the only source of
information. The book gives particular emphasis to servicemembers and
veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, while providing adequate information
for vets of all other eras. It describes in depth:
- The problems of the military community,
- The benefits and services available to present and former
- Issues that will be decided in the next several years.
It will help readers understand how various agencies work not just in
theory but in practice and how they can cut through the bureaucracy and
confusion and get the benefits and services to which they are entitled.
Topics included in its 599 pages, among others, address frequent
call-ups from the Guard and Reserve, getting out of the military, the
Department of Veterans Affairs, disability compensation, pensions,
medical care, educational benefits, housing benefits, claims and
appeals, discharge upgrading, the criminal justice system, employment,
reemployment rights, benefits for family members, the special problems
of women servicemembers and veterans and domestic relations issues.
While it focuses on programs run by the VA it also deals with programs
administered by other federal agencies and the states. [Source:
www.veteransforamerica.org Feb 08 ++]