As the largest organization of combat veterans, the VFW understands the frustrations that can arise when filing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The claims process can be confusing and one that service members and veterans shouldn’t try to navigate alone. That’s why the VFW’sÂ National Veterans Service (NVS)Â was created.
NVS consists of a nationwide network of service officers who are experts in dealing with the claims process and help thousands of veterans cut through the bureaucratic red tape every year. They are the key to success, recovering approximately $1 billion in earned benefits and compensation for veterans each year.
VFW Service Officers are trained experts, helping veterans develop their case with ease by reviewing and applying current law, pertinent legislation, regulations and medical histories. As skilled professionals, they assist Â in filing for disability compensation, rehabilitation and education programs, pension and death benefits, and employment and training programs. Furthermore, they wonâ€™t hesitate to request hearings before the VA and the Board of Veterans Appeals to present oral arguments when needed.
VFW Service Officers are with America’s veterans every step of the way once they’re ready to file a claim. This is a service the VFW is proud to offer–free of charge–to anyone seeking assistance with the claims process. It’s a service our veterans have earned and deserve.
The VFWâ€™s Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program ensures separating and retiring active-duty military personnel receive assistance in obtaining their VA entitlements and benefits upon discharge.
BDD representatives guide military personnel through the veteransâ€™ claims process and conduct physical examinations prior to their separation from active-duty. They are also ready to answer questions about education and medical benefits, as well as VA home loans.
The VFW has BDD offices located on or near major military installations across the country. Service members within 180 days of discharge can contact a VFW BDD representative to get the process underway.
The VFWâ€™s BDD program launched in 2001 and is a cooperative initiative with the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Camp Pendleton, CA
Russ McKamey, National Pre-Discharge Claims Representative
Marine & Family ServicesÂ
Bldg., 13150 â€“ VA, Room 222
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055-5020Â
Phone: 760 385-0033Â
Fax: 760 385-0022
Today’s veterans can face any number of obstacles while furthering their education. Taking advantage of all the benefits they’ve earned and DESERVE shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why the VFW, in conjunction with the Student Veterans of America (SVA), developed the 1 Student Veteran program. 1 Student Veteran offers direct assistance to student veterans who have questions or are experiencing problems accessing their their VA benefits.
The VFW seeks to ensure student veterans receive their benefits in a timely manner and have a place to turn to if they need help. Our direct access to VA Regional Offices across the country means that we can work quickly to provide our student veterans with timely and accurate answers regarding the complex claims process. Furthermore, ourÂ direct access toÂ education claims adjudicators means that those whose education benefits have been wrongfully denied, delayed during a transfer from one school to another or paid in error, will not have to wait the months it would traditionally take to file a formal appeal.
Veterans who send a message to 1 Student Veteran will receive a reply from a VFW staff member who specializes in student veteran issues within 24 hours or the next business day.
No one knows education benefits better than the VFW. After all, we played a major role in the passage of the 1944 GI Bill of Rights, the Montgomery GI Bill Act of 1984 and the recent Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Again, today’s student veterans have enough to worry about. The peace of mind thatÂ 1 Student Veteran can immediately work to provide isÂ just another way we’re able to thank our veterans for all they’ve sacrificed for our freedom.
TheÂ VFW and one of its major supporters, Sport Clips Haircuts, have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship”Â will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. Itâ€™s just another way to say â€œthank youâ€ to those who deserve it the most. Please see below for full details on the scholarship program and to apply.
If attending an apprenticeship/certification program that is not starting during a traditional semester time frame, please emailÂ HelpAHero@vfw.org for information.
As the nation’s largest organization of combat veterans, we understand the challenges veterans, service members and military families can face and believe that experiencing financial difficulties should not be one of them. That’s the premise behind the VFW’s Unmet Needs program.
Unmet Needs is there to help America’s service members who run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity. The program provides financial aid of up to $2,500 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant -not a loan- so no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, we pay the creditor directly.
Since the program’s inception, Unmet Needs has distributed $5 million in assistance to qualified military families, with nearly half of those funds going directly toward basic housing needs.
The needs of our veterans, service and their families should never go unmet. Let us offer you a hand up when you need it!
If you or someone you know may qualify for a grant through the VFW Unmet Needs program, please reference the resources below:
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5384, in Brea, California, supports the veterans and the local community. Our Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.