Home Improvements and Structural Alterations.

Did you know: The VA (Veteran Affairs) provides up to $4,100 lifetime benefit for service-connected and up to $1,200 for non-service connected veterans to make home improvements necessary for the continuation of treatment or for disability access to the home and essential lavatory and sanitary facilities.

Home Improvement and Structural Alterations grants provide for medically necessary improvements and/or structural changes to the Veteran’s residence for the following purposes:

(1) Allowing entrance to, or exit from, the Veteran’s residence.

2) Use of essential lavatory and sanitary facilities.

(3) Allowing accessibility to kitchen or bathroom sinks or counters.

(4) Improving entrance paths or driveways in immediate area of the home to facilitate access to the home by the Veteran.

(5) Improving plumbing or electrical systems made necessary due to installation of dialysis equipment in the home.

For application information, contact the “prosthetic” representative at the nearest VA hospital, or visit the VA website at: http://www.VBA.gov

Good luck!


VA Readjustment Counseling Services

The eBenefits are: Receiving counseling services for being a combat war veteran, in order to make your life a little bit easier to handle.

The VA provides outreach and readjustment counseling services throughout the  232 – CBOC (Community Based Outreach Centers), which are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Eligibility: Veterans are eligible to receive the services if they served on active duty in a combat theater, which includes: WWII, The Korean War, The Vietnam War, The Gulf War, or the campaigns in Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Global War on Terror.

Services Offered: Counselors may be able to provide individual, group, and family readjustment counseling to combat veterans to assist them in making a successful transition from military to civilian life.

Counseling services and treatment for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), along with help for other military related problems that affect functioning within the family, work, school or area of everyday life may be available as well.

There are other psycho-social services available too, including: Education, Medical Referral, Military Sexual Trauma, Homeless veteran services, Employment, VA benefits referral, and the brokering of other non-VA services to name a few.

For more information, visit the website: www.VetCenter.va.gov



Writing Software

The eBenefit is: Writing better essays, research papers, dissertations, etc.

Are you experiencing problems with your writing? I know that I am. I have several disabilities that really makes it hard for me to write effectively. Even with the few writing tools available to us at colleges and universities like “SmarThinking” and/or “College Writing Center”; I still seem to have a lot of problems. Fortunately, I have been doing some research and found a neat writing software that may help you as well.

It is called White Smoke, and what it is a writing software program that will help you write better. Some of the features include: Grammar Check, Grammar corrector, Sentence checker, Style checker, Punctuation checker, Paragraph checker, and Writing style.

Now, I am only recommending this software, because I own it myself, although I am sure there are numerous other writing software programs available.

White Smoke” has really helped me increase my writing skills. However, if you already write well, then give us your tips! For more information on “White Smoke” writing software visit: www.whitesmoke.com

Text-to-Speech Software

The eBenefit is: Reading comprehension, listening to text in an audio format, and shortening the time it takes to read.

Did you know that there is software available that can help you read faster and comprehend better. I have a problem with reading large volumes of information, and then deciphering what I just read. Furthermore, it is even more difficult to write an essay about what I just read. What do I use to help me with reading comprehension?

I use a text-to-speech software to help me get through the reading material in a matter of minutes. For instance, I can listen to a 10 page chapter in 8 minutes. How does it work? I convert the text-to-speech using my special software, and then follow along as the voice reads the material. It is really useful for other things too, like new Facebook & Twitter posts, emails, news alerts, etc.

The software I use is called iSpeech. I also use another software called iVona Reader. I use both because each one has their own pros and cons. However, I use iSpeech the most because I can be anywhere with an internet connection, and still have access to this software.

If you have questions on using either software, just let me know. I consider myself to be a mini-expert. Plus, I am not trying to sell you anything, so I will be give you all the honest answers about each one. For more information on either software, visit these websites: “iSpeech” www.iSpeech.org (you can try it out once you go to the website for free without downloading anything). As for “iVona Reader” go to www.iVona.com.

Join the Association/Club!

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The benefits of joining an association/club. There are numerous clubs and associations available today. However, membership seems to be at its lowest.

Consumers are not able to afford the membership fees that assessed for accessing vital information. However, most non-profit organizations tend to offer a one-time fee, or a low annual fee. For instance, the VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) organization charge a very low annual fee for combat veterans.

Here are the rewards you get with joining: Monthly discounts on your cellular phone bill, Vacation discounts, Better hotel rates, and a tremendous discount on car rentals.

In this day and age, we must save every penny we can, and if that means getting a discount, then you should take it!

I just switched my cell phone carrier from AT&T to Sprint, and now I receive a 15% discount on my monthly bill, along with other incentives. My family and I (4 total), went on a one-week vacation in Lake Tahoe for $218. That included staying in a beautiful timeshare resort (3-bedroom), food (breakfast & lunch), and local entertainment (skiing).

It may seem like a hassle today, but in the long run you will not regret it. Good luck to you all.

For more information on VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) visit the website: http://www.VFW.org

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E)

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Dear Veterans,

You may be eligible for the VR&E (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) program. This program is also known as Chapter 31 program as well.

For those of you who do not know what this is: It is another avenue for veterans to receive benefits. There are five tracks under this program, and they are:

1. Employment – This is where the VocRehab counselor will assist you with getting a job in the same field as your MOS/Rating, or in a new career field.

2. Re-employment – If you were called into action and had to leave your job, this program may help you get it back once you return home.

3. Training – A lot of veterans are experts in their military fields, but have no clue how to function in real life. Under this track, you may get the chance to return to school in order to learn new skills.

4. Independent-Living – A lot of men and women return with severe injuries. They may need help in their daily life and this is an excellent program that will help with those needs.

5. Self-employment – There are a lot of veterans that can not function in the government or private sector as employees. This is the reason this track was created. It was created to help veterans explore the option of working for themselves, or as entrepreneurs.

Each track is very unique, and beneficial as well. However, the veteran must also meet certain criteria in order to apply for the program. I hope this brief summary of the VR&E program helps, and please feel free to comment as well.

For more information on the VR& E/Chapter 31 program, please visit the website:   http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

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This blog was created for those seeking benefits Online (note: eBenefits = Electronic Benefits). As the creator of this blog, I will do my best to inform you of the many benefits that may be available to you as a student, veteran, or in general.

I promise to do my best by answering all of your questions and comments in a timely fashion, and in return I ask that you respect this blog by not using “profanity“, or “abusive” language towards me or other users on this blog.

It will also be useful if you could explain all acronyms for better comprehension. For instance, if you are a veteran, you may think everyone should know what VA means, but they do not. To civilians, this may mean “Virginia,” and to others it may mean “Virtual Assistant.” However, to veterans – it means “Veteran Administration.”

Once again, thank you for reading, reviewing, recommending, sharing, and commenting. I look forward to interacting with you all.

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