• General Benefits for Veterans

    Healthcare & Disability

    5 free years of VA healthcare from the date of discharge: Available to veterans who have served after September 11, 2001. (OIF, OEF, OND veterans) may qualify for monthly VA disability compensation.

    You may be eligible for Disability Compensation if you have a service-related disability and you were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions.

    VA Travel Reimbursement

    Reimbursement for mileage or public transportation may be paid to the following:

    • Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated at 30 % or more;
    • Veterans traveling for treatment of a service-connected condition;
    • Veterans receiving a VA pension;
    • Veterans traveling for scheduled compensation or pension examinations;
    • Veterans whose income does not exceed the maximum VA pension rate.
    • Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

    CRSC allows certain military retirees to receive both their military retirement pay and VA disability compensations.


    The Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service Members (UCX) program provides benefits for eligible ex-military personnel. The program is administered by the State of Pennsylvania. You are eligible if:

    • You were on active duty with a branch of the U.S. military, you may be entitled to benefits based on that service.
    • You must have been separated under honorable conditions.
    • There are no payroll deductions from your wages for unemployment insurance protection. Benefits are paid for by the various branches of the military.

    VA Work Study

    Get paid to study! If you're a full time or 3/4 time student in a college degree program, a vocational, or a professional program, you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work-study allowance.

    VA Home Loan

    A VA-Guaranteed Loan is a loan made by private lenders (such as banks, savings & loans, or mortgage companies) to eligible veterans. If you want to purchase a home, condominium, or manufactured home, the VA can guarantee up to $417,000 of the total loan; which is much higher than you can get with more conventional home loans. If you are considering refinancing an existing loan, VA offers you two options. You can either refinance to reduce your current interest rate; or you can take equity out (cash out). The cash out option is limited to $144,000.

    Better yet, there is no need to worry about financing a down payment on VA loan. However certain funding fees and closing costs apply and you must be able to pay a portion of these fees upfront.

    With a VA guarantee, you get a mortgage with a competitive interest rate. The lender you borrow money from is protected against loss, up to the amount of the guarantee if you fail to repay the loan, and you have the flexibility to purchase a great home.

    Visit the Veterans Administration website for the current table of VA funding fees and information on veterans who are exempt (pay zero) from funding fees.

    Food Stamps

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will help you purchase food. Whether you live alone or with others, whether you have children or not, sometimes you can't pay all the bills and still have enough money to buy food. That's when SNAP/Food Stamp benefits can really help.

    Federal Work Study

    The work study program provides part time employment to undergraduates and graduates to help with college expenses. There are two different kinds of work study: Federal Work Study and Non Federal Work Study.

    For more information on any of the aforementioned programs contact your local VA Office.