American Legion Post 245 Service Officer Information

 

Contact: Mamuel Rosas, Jr.

The primary duty of the Service Officer is to provide Veterans information concerning their benefits.   The following are resources you may use to learn more about your benefits as a veteran.    For assistance in preparation, presentation, and prosecution of a claim for VA benefits you must contact an accredited VA representative.   Below is the accredited VA representative for Guadalupe County.

Guadalupe County Service Officer:   Bill Macallister : 830-303-8870

Doug Herrle, Tx Chapter 61 Disable American Veterans, 425 Vaughan St., Seguin Tx . 78155.   They are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 to 1, and have 8 service officers ready to serve you.

Available VA Web Sites: Use control key and click on title to access website

 

Veterans Resources

A veteran is any person who has served in the US Armed Forces during a time of war or a time of peace. This can include the US Army, US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Air Force, US Coast Guard or the National Guard. Veterans, whether they served in a combat zone or not, have all given a portion of their lives to the protection and service of their country. They, and their families, willing signed up to make the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow citizens, and many have suffered physical and mental repercussions because of it and many have lost their lives. Because of this, the US Government has several programs in place to help them with life after the military.

Department of Veterans Affairs  - This website provides comprehensive information for everything that the US government offers to its veterans. 

Veteran History Project
 - A website dedicated to the history of veterans of every war. 

Veterans Business Programs
 - Provides information on the aid available from the US government to help veterans start their own business. 

Veterans Issues
 - Provides information on current issues facing veterans and the White House's plans to further aid these veterans. 

Transitioning Veterans
 - The US Department of Labor provides information via this website for veterans about how to transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

 

Veteran Organizations

American Cold War Vets  - This website provides support and information for veterans of the Cold War.


National Veteran Owned Business Association
 - Provides support and information, including how to start a business, for veterans who own their own business or run a business.

Community Hope, Veterans Programs, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (New Jersey)
 - A group that provides support and encouragement for veterans.

Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans
 - A group that protects the rights of veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Paralyzed Veterans of America
 - This group provides information, support, and pushes for legal protection of veterans who were paralyzed in the line of duty.

Veterans for Peace
 - This group is made up of veterans who oppose war.

Vietnam Veterans of America
 - A group that provides information and resources for veterans of the Vietnam War.

Veterans of Foreign Wars
 - A veterans organization that provides benefits such as reduced health care and discounts to major retailers with membership.

Wounded Warrior Project
 - A non-profit organization that collects donations and runs charity drives to help veterans who were wounded in the line of duty.

Swords to Plowshares
 - An organization that aids veterans and their families with employment issues.

Veterans Campaign
 - An organization that specializes in preparing veterans to run for public office.

Service Members Legal Defense Network
 - An organization dedicated to helping veterans who were affected by the don t ask, don t tell policy.

Pearl Harbor Survivors Association
 - A group dedicated to providing information and aid to veterans who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Military Officers Association of America
 - A group made up of veteran officers of the military.

Herobox
 - An organization that provides care packages to active duty military in war zones and provides helps to veterans once they return home.

Disabled American Veterans
 - A group made up of disabled veterans that provides support and resources to those who were wounded during service.

Marine Corp League
 - An organization for veterans of the US Marine Corps.

American Veterans
 - Provides information and resources concerning government and private organization aid to veterans.

American Ex-POWS
 - A support group for veterans who were prisoners of war.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart  - Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.

The American Legion  - The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.

 

Veteran Benefits and Services


The US Government offers several services and benefits to military veterans. The most notable of these is paying for college tuition through the GI Bill. Any veteran who has a honorable discharge from the military is typically eligible to have most or all of their college tuition covered, as well as a living stipend. The Government also provides disabled veterans with a program known as Vocational Rehabilitation, which aids veterans in refining their job skills to meet today s market. Outside of education, the Government also provides pension plans as well as a VA loan for mortgages. While the government does not handle the loan process, they do provide banks with a guarantee letter, which often allows military members with a chance of receiving a better interest rate on their mortgage and little to no down-payment. The US Government also provides monthly payments to disabled veterans based on a portion of their monthly salary while in the armed forces.

Veteran Benefits Overview  - Provides a basic outline of the benefits available to veterans.

Survivor Benefits Overview   - There are several benefits available to surviving family members of deceased veterans. These benefits range from emotional support to free education. There are so many programs it may be confusing to determine which ones you may be eligible for. We have gathered together details of these programs here to make it easy to understand them.

Massachusetts Veteran Benefits
 - Provides an overview of the benefits available to veterans whose home of record is Massachusetts.

New York Veteran Affairs
 - A website providing information about the benefits available to veterans in the state of New York.

Veteran Pension
 - Details the different types of pensions available to veterans.

Benefit Finder
 - An online tool provided by the US government to determine what benefits a veteran is eligible for.

VA Loans
 - Provides information on VA loans and how they work.

GI Bill
 - Information concerning the different educational benefits that veterans may be eligible for.

Veteran Disability
 - Provides an overview of the compensation available to disabled veterans.

Vocational Rehabilitation(Temporary Link)
 - Describes the benefits veterans may be eligible for to help them reenter the civilian workforce.

Survivor Benefits
 - Provides an overview of the three different types of survivor benefits available to veterans and their families.

VetFriends   - The mission of VetFriends : to reconnect, honor and support You, our U.S. Veteran and military brothers & sisters. Our promise is to do all that we can to make you happy.

Loans Just For Military  - By utilizing these resources, military families may enjoy a fuller and more successful life, both during active duty and after retirement.

 

Veterans Health and Well-Being

Due to the nature of military service, many veterans face mild to severe health issues following discharge. This can include any injuries sustained during their service as well as several mental health issues caused by seeing combat. The Government provides several mental health counseling services to these veterans, and disabled veterans are eligible to utilize any of the hundreds of Veteran Medical Centers run by the US Government. Many veterans are also eligible for reduced cost health insurance through the military provider TriCARE . The Government also tracks any potential health issues during periods of service, and may later compensate veterans for potential health issues that may be connected to their service location. An example of this would be compensation for exposure to asbestos and Agent Orange. The health of veterans is of the utmost concern to the US, and there are several programs in place to help them.

Health Benefits  - Provides an overview of the health benefits available to veterans.

Health Care for Veterans
 - Provides information on the health care benefits available to veterans

Veteran and Military Health
 - Provides information on the possible health issues facing veterans.

Veteran Health
 - Describes the Center for Disease Control works to protect the health of active duty service members and veterans.

Substance Abuse
 - A resource for information and possible counseling of veterans who have developed a substance abuse problem.

Veterans and Suicide
 - An organization dedicated to helping veterans who are entertaining thoughts of suicide and their families.

Mesothelioma Center
 - An advocacy center that provides free resources and information to those affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers. At the Mesothelioma Center, the Veterans Department works directly with veterans to help them file asbestos-related VA claims, secure potential benefits and find specialized doctors near them. The website, Asbestos.com, also features numerous articles to help inform veterans about mesothelioma and the treatment options available to them.

Tricare
 - The reduced cost, full coverage health insurance that many veterans are eligible for.

The Veteran Health Care System
 - A report on the size, efficiency and support provided by the veteran health care system for veterans.

Military Health  - The military health organization provides resources and information on health benefits for veterans.

 

Veteran Memorials

National World War II Memorial  - A memorial dedicated to WWII veterans, located in Washington D.C.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
 - Provides information on the famous wall in Washington, D.C. dedicated to Vietnam Veterans.

Korean War Memorial
 - Provides background information on the memorial dedicated to Korean War veterans in Washington D.C.

Veteran Memorial Park
 - Information concerning the memorial park located in Monterey, California.

Jeffersontown Veteran Memorial Park
 - A memorial park located in Jeffersontown, Kentucky dedicated to all veterans.

Washington Monument
 - Provides information concerning the Washington Monument located in Washington D.C.

Gettysburg
 - Includes information on the 1,000 monuments to the Civil War found in this Pennsylvania town.

Iwo Jima Memorial
 - A memorial dedicated to the US Marines who served in World War II.

Yorktown Victory Center
 - A park and memorial dedicated to veterans of the Revolutionary War.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
 - Provides information on the one of the most beloved veteran memorials in the country, located in Virginia.

Vietnam Virtual Wall  - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors those who died in the Vietnam War. Their relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on this web site. We bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to your home to help remember the sacrifices of the fallen and their families.

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Texas Veteran's Cemeteries

 

  National Cemeteries

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio National Cemetery is located in Bexar County, Texas located in the eastern section of San Antonio.

San Antonio National Cemetery  - The cemetery is located in the eastern section of San Antonio. From Interstate 37, take Commerce exit east and proceed to S. New Braunfels. Turn left and travel one block to Paso Hondo. Travel approximately ½ mile to the cemetery on your right. Cremation Only

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery  - The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery was dedicated and opened for burials on May 12, 2000. The cemetery is situated on a 638.5-acre parcel of land that overlooks picturesque Mountain Creek Lake. The gently rolling hills provide a pastoral setting for visitors as they proceed along the central boulevard to the small lake adjacent to the assembly area and committal shelters.

Fort Bliss National Cemetery  - The cemetery is located in the central section of El Paso on the far north side of the Ft. Bliss Military Reservation. From El Paso International Airport, travel Airport Road north two miles to Fred Wilson Avenue, and continue west ¾ mile to the cemetery.

Houston National Cemetery  - Cemetery is located 15 miles northwest of downtown Houston. From Bush Intercontinental Airport take John F. Kennedy Blvd. South to Beltway 8. Turn right onto Beltway 8 West and exit at Ella. Follow the feeder road West to the third traffic light, and turn left on Veterans Memorial Drive. Proceed to the first traffic light and turn left on T.C. Jester. The cemetery entrance will be on your right.

Kerrville National Cemetery  - The cemetery is located two miles southeast of the city of Kerrville. Take Highway 27 to Spur Route 100. Turn north and travel ½ mile to cemetery.

 

State Cemeteries

Texas state cemeteries are built through a partnership between the State of Texas and the federal VA, and are managed by the Veterans Land Board.  Burial at a Texas State Veterans Cemetery is a benefit earned by Veterans, their spouses, and eligible dependents for their dedicated service to our country. There is no charge for the interment of Veterans, their spouses and eligible dependents. The burial benefit includes military honors for Veterans, the grave plot, the opening and closing of the grave, a concrete grave liner for casketed burials, a headstone or marker, presentation of the burial flag to the next of kin, a Presidential certificate, playing of Taps, a gun salute, and perpetual care of the grave. The funeral home will obtain a burial flag to accompany the Veteran's casket or urn and will assist with requesting military honors.


Texas State Cemetery  - Texas State Cemetery. Just blocks east of the State Capitol, the Cemetery is the final resting place of Governors, Senators, Legislators, Congressmen, Judges and other legendary Texans who have made the state what it is today.

Texas State Veterans Cemetery At Abilene  - Abilene - The Texas State Veterans Cemetery at Abilene includes a covered, open-air structure for committal services, a visitors center, a computer kiosk for locating specific graves or interments, an assembly area for special occasions, such as Memorial Day observances, an avenue of flags and a memorial walkway for future monuments.

Coastal Bend Veterans Cemetery  - Corpus Christi - The Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi includes a covered, open-air structure for committal services, a visitor's center, a computer kiosk for locating specific graves, an assembly area for special occasions, such as Memorial Day observances, an avenue of flags and a memorial walkway for future monuments.

Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery  - Killeen - The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen is located on 174 acres previously part of Fort Hood and donated by the federal government.

Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery  -Mission - The Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery initial phase of development contains 31 acres, and 6,190 gravesites. The cemetery will be expanded as needed and will eventually be capable of providing a final resting place for more than 25,000 Veterans and family members.

Mobile National Gravesite Locator  - To search for burial locations of veterans

Desktop National Gravesite Locator  - To search for burial locations of veterans

 

Summary of American Legion Benefits Reserved for U.S. Military Veterans

BENEFIT ASSISTANCE: Helps all veterans in obtaining full veeran medical and educational benefits, as well as assistance in preparing VA claims.

VETERANS REPRESENTATION: The American Legion is the nation's most influential, effective, and dependable advocate of veterans affairs fighting for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty familits and helptiing to ensure that the VA's medical system can properly care for the sick and wounded returning from deployment.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT: The Americsn Legion works with the Department of Labor on National Employment and Training Programs for veterans and with the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and its Committee on Disabled Veterans.

DISCOUNT PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM: Members and dependents   can save up to 20% or more through CVS/CAREMARK.

LIFETIME SCREENING: Member discounts on potentially life-saving health screenings.

EYE CARE/WEAR PLAN: EyeMed Vision Care provides discounts on the costs of eye examinations and eyewear.   Members and dependents can save approximately 40% off eyeglasses purchased at network locations.

LIFE INSURANCE THROUGH MUTUAL OF OMAHA: Members aged 45 to 85 are eligible for guaranteed issue whole life policies.

DISCOUNTS ON HEARING AIDS: Members, family and extended family are eligible for hearing care discounts from HearPO . Benefits include: low-price guarantee; access to over 2,700 locatiions nationwide; over 1000 moswla ; dew 60 day trial period; free multi-year supply of batteries(160 cells)

VETERAN HOLIDAYS: members opportunity to rent a furnished condominium for 2-8 people   for an entire week for less than the cost of a single hotel room.

OTHER BENEFITS:   discounts on purchase of computers; ADA Nationwide roadside assistance; Legion Family travel discounts; Auto Rental discounts; Budget Truck Rental discounts; Lodging discounts; Legion Home benefits for mortgage services, real estate services, and stress free Home financing counseling.

 

ADDITIONAL HELPFUL WEBSITES:

Military Diaability Made Easy.com: schedule for rating disabilities

VA Math: legal help for veterans

eBenefits : https://m.eBenefits.va.gov :   top 20 eBenefits   features

•  Download veterans affairs and DoD documents including home loan cerficates of elegibility (COE), Official military personnel file (OMPF) and numerous preference letters.

•  Application for benefits for compensation, pension, education, burial, and vocational rehabilitation and employment (VR&E)

•  Review Claims and Appeal Status.

•  Apply for benefits and manage claims.

•  Check Post-9/11 GI Bill Status

•  Transfer Post-9/11 GI Bill

•  Search for Employment: Vet Success and VA for Vets

•  Order Medical Equipment: prosthetic socks and hearing aid batteries

•  SGLI Life Insurance: service members may view coverage

•  Edit your profile

•  Benefits explorer: interact with display presenting benefit information at different stages in your career.

•  Search for representatives: Attornies , claims agents, veterans service organizations.

•  eLearning Center: take courses for managing health.

•  V.A. Payment istory : monitor your VA Compensation and pension, education, and vocation rehabilitation and employment.

•  Premium access VA TAP Online courses: learn about your benefits and Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

•  Mobile Find a Facility Function: locate VA and DoD facilities using your SMART devices., gives GPS location and map.

•  Health Benefits Eligibility Check: access calculator to determine whether   you qualify for VA health care benefits.

•  Premium access Specialty Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant Application and Claim Status:   apply online for a SAH Grant and/or check the status of your claim.

•  Premium access DoD TRICARE Health Insurance: view your TRICARE medical, dental, and pharmacy information.

•  Premium access Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI).   Provides for conversion of SGLI to a renewable term life insurance policy within 129 days of separation from active duty service.

 

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