Veteran Benefits

Benefits are earned by veterans and provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs. These guides help define veteran status, accessibility options, and the general benefits earned. ServingTogether was created to connect you with the resources to answer your questions and navigate the way. You may search our Service Directory for additional information.

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    Military Medals and Ribbons

    Guide provided by Click on each crest to view the medals and ribbons for that branch of the military.                     

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    Military Rank Structure

    Ever wonder about those shiny things on a service member’s collar meant?  What a Master Chief Petty Officer meant in the grand scheme of things?  Our military is reputable for having a structured way of conducting its business; so take a look at how the personnel are structured. These links…

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    Military Ribbon Rack Builder

    Guide provided by Click on each crest to build your ribbon rack.                      

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    Proof of Military Service (DD 214)

    Information in this guide found at the National Archives. Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty (DD Form 214) What is a DD Form 214?  Why do I need one? A  DD Form 214 proves military service.  Obtaining a copy is essential if you want access to many of the…

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    Understanding the Department of Veterans Affairs

    Often you may hear “the VA”, yet the understanding of the working components and subgroups of the “the VA” aren’t always clear.  This is a quick reference to the three main subdivisions, known as Administrations, which fall under the umbrella of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Health Administration (VHA)…

  • VA Disability Claims Forms

    Are you a Veteran looking for a specific disability claims form? For a complete list of downloadable Veterans Disability Claims Forms, click HERE.

  • Veteran Service Officers

    Veteran Service Officers will help you navigate the DVA’s bureacracy, and their services are free. They will help with gathering the information necessary to support a claim, filing the claim, and tracking the claim through the VA system. They can also assist with filing appeals for denied claims. To locate…

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    Veteran Service Organizations

    Veteran Service Organizations are a great way to connect with fellow veterans.  Embrace your status as a veteran by joining an organization made by veterans for veterans – honor the tradition of service and gain access to vital information that will assist you.  Here are a few examples: Veterans of…

  • Veterans’ Preference Points

    Veterans who are disabled, who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over others in hiring for virtually all federal government jobs. General Information Veterans’ Preference Brochure (PDF) Veterans’ Preference elaws Advisor Office of Personnel Management (OPM)…

  • Wounded, Ill and Injured Comprehensive Benefit Handbook

    If you are a wounded, ill, or injured Veteran or part of their support network, you should find this Handbook to be a useful reference. We encourage you to download a copy of this useful benefit handbook.