Post 245 Service Officer Information

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 are accredited VA representatives for Guadalupe County.

Guadalupe County Veterans Service Officer:

Marisela Gonzales: 830-303-8870
211 W. Court St., Seguin, Texas 78155
Open Mondays and Tuesdays
Doug Herrle, Tx Chapter 61 Disable American Veterans
425 Vaughan St., Seguin Texas 78155.
Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm,
(830) 379-3299
 

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Veterans Resources

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

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Veterans 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.
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 Corps 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.
 

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Veterans 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.
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 Describes the benefits veterans may be eligible for to help them reenter the civilian workforce.
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.
eBenefits One stop location to check status on VA claims, reorder prescriptions, check for appointments, education benefits, and much more.
 

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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.
Veterans Health - CDC 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 Crisis Line 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.
Tri-Care The reduced cost, full coverage health insurance that many veterans are eligible for.
Military Health The military health organization provides resources and information on health benefits for veterans.
 

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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.

 

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