American Veterans (DAV) has never wavered in its commitment to serve our nation’s service-connected disabled veterans,
their dependents and survivors. Their largest endeavor in fulfilling that mission is the National Service Program. In 88 offices
throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, the DAV employs a corps of approximately 260 National Service Officers (NSOs)
who represent veterans and their families with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department
of Defense and other government agencies. Veterans need not be DAV members to take advantage of this outstanding assistance,
which is provided free of charge.
NSOs function as attorneys-in-fact, assisting veterans and their families in filing claims for VA disability compensation
and pension; vocational rehabilitation and employment; education; home loan guaranty; life insurance; death benefits; health
care and much more. They provide free services, such as information seminars, counseling and community outreach. NSOs also
represent veterans and active duty military personnel before Discharge Review Boards, Boards for Correction of Military Records,
Physical Evaluation Boards and other official panels.
DAV Will Help With:
Disability compensation is a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by
an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. These disabilities are considered to
be service-connected. Disability compensation varies with the degree of disability and the number of veteran’s dependents,
and is paid monthly. Veterans with certain severe disabilities may be eligible for additional special monthly compensation.
The benefits are not subject to federal or state income tax.
of military retirement pay, disability severance pay and separation incentive payments known as SSB (Special Separation Benefits)
and VSI (Voluntary Separation Incentives) affects the amount of VA compensation paid to disabled veterans.
To be eligible,
the service of the veteran must have been terminated through separation or discharge under conditions other than dishonorable.