July 29, 2015, by Rachelle Wilber – As of 2014, there are over 21 million veterans residing within the United States. Many of these individuals and their families have enjoyed benefits such as the GI Bill, but they might not realize just how much they are missing out on. Here is a look at five veteran benefits that you may not know about.
The GI Bill is one of the most widely-used veteran benefits, but many do not realize that they could also be reimbursed for certification programs as well as traditional classes. The GI Bill can provide veterans with up to $2,000 for many certification courses and vocational classes. This is a great option for those that want to change their careers or enjoy a career that does not require college classes.
Free Tax Preparation
Instead of wading through an entire year of financial records, veterans can contact their local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office and discuss their options for free tax preparations. Due to the complicated nature of filing taxes for veterans and active military, these specialists are there throughout the year to answer questions and ensure that paperwork is filed correctly.
Low Refinance Rates
Any veterans that are homeowners may want to consider refinancing their home through a place like Low VA Rates if their monthly payments have become unmanageable or their interest rates are not as low as they would like them to be. For those that have paid off a significant portion of their mortgage or loan, refinancing will allow them to finish paying off the home quicker or adjust their monthly bills.
Veterans that have been injured over the course of their duty often have trouble finding life insurance. Companies may not even cover these individual’s due to being classified as high-risk. For these people, the Veterans’ Group Life Insurance program can provide life insurance at competitive rates no matter the pre-existing conditions.
Any older or disabled veterans that are having trouble taking care of themselves may want to consider exploring their options for a caregivers support program. The Department of Veterans Affairs provides monthly and yearly stipends to anyone that provides ongoing care for veterans in order to cut down on expenses such as room and board. Veterans have sacrificed their time and safety in order to serve their country, and these few benefits will help them integrate back into civilian life and start enjoying what they have been protecting.
Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on twitter: @RachelleWilber