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2016 Guide to Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors
Published by the Department of Veterans Affairs, this booklet details the many benefit programs available to veterans and their dependents. 

California Veterans Benefits
Details of the many benefits available to veterans living in California.  

Veteran's Home Info
Detailed information about the three Veteran’s Homes in California, located in Yountville, Barstow and Chula Vista. 

VA Long Term Care
VA Fact Sheet covers the many long-term care programs offered by the Veterans Health Administration, including qualifying criteria. 

Winning at Job Fairs
This article discusses techniques and tips for preparing and attending job fairs, as well as how to best follow up once the event is concluded. Reprinted with permission from the Wall Street Journal. 

“Why Hire A Veteran?”
Geared toward employers, this flyer lists many of the great qualities typically shared by veterans.

Burial Flag
Memorial flags are provided to honor deceased Veterans who served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Funeral and Burial Benefits
These allowances are flat-rate monetary benefits that are generally paid at the maximum amount authorized by law for an eligible Veteran’s burial and funeral costs.

Death Pension
A monetary benefit that may be paid based on financial need to the surviving spouse and dependent children of a veteran who served at least one day during a time of war.

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)
A monetary benefit that may be paid to a surviving spouse and dependent children if the death of a veteran can be shown to be connected to the veteran’s military service.

Home Loan Guarantee
The VA offers a home loan guarantee to veterans and eligible survivors. While the VA does not actually loan the money, their guarantee will often result in lower interest rates.

Veteran's Wartime Pension
A monetary benefit that may be paid based on financial need to a veteran who served at least one day during a period of war.

Presumptive Conditions
The VA can grant “service connection” for certain conditions, resulting potentially in compensation, treatment and other benefits. This fact sheet covers Agent Orange exposure, radiation exposure, former prisoners-of-war and Gulf War veterans.

Military Sexual Trauma
Independent research indicates 60.0% of women and 27.2% of men had experienced repeated or severe sexual harassment at some point during their military service, and sexual assault was reported by 13.1% of women and 1.6% of men. 

Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment
Veterans with certain disabilities may qualify for a grant to purchase or adapt a vehicle to meet their needs.

Education Benefits
An explanation of the various education programs that are currently available to veterans and dependents.

Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
Veterans with a service-connected disability that impacts their current occupation may be eligible for specialized training.

Benefits for the National Guard and Reserves 
Members of the National Guard or Reserves may qualify for a wide range of benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Benefits for Disabled Veterans
A summary of benefits to which a disabled veteran may qualify.

Life Insurance Benefits
A summary of insurance policies that may be available to veterans.

Summary of VA Benefits
This covers the major benefits that may be available to veterans and their dependents and survivors.

Benefits for Surviving Spouses and Dependents
A short guide to the benefits available to a surviving spouse and dependents.

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