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Veterans Information

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This page contains information useful for all veterans but will be tailored to the specific needs of the 2nd Battalion 60th Infantry veteran.


Medal Replacement Set

The following article appeared in the Fort Stewart, GA, Retiree Bulletin, April 1998.

Veterans Entitled to Replacement Set of Medals

All honorably discharged veterans are entitled to a onetime, free of charge replacement set of their authorized medals and ribbons from the U.S. Government. Submit your request in writing to:

U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5200

The request must contain the veteran's full name, service or social security number, branch of service, and dates of service (approximate dates are okay)

Also, the request must be signed by the veteran, if deceased, the veteran's next of kin can sign the request on his/her behalf. Ensure the information on the request is clear and easy to read. It is helpful to attach a copy of the Discharge Certificate to the request but, this is not required. It is best to use Standard Form 180 (Request Pertaining to Military Records) to send request if possible. You may download Standard Form 180 from this web site:

See the following web site for specific information on how to file:

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Veterans Preference Information

Go to the following web site to obtain information on Veterans Preference Information:
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Military Records Request

Copies of most military and medical records on file at NPRC(MPR), including the DD Form 214, Report of Separation (or equivalent), can be made available upon request. Veterans and next-of-kin of deceased veterans have the same rights to full access to the record. Next-of-kin are the unremarried widow or widower, son or daughter, father or mother, brother or sister of the deceased veteran.

The Standard Form (SF) 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records, although not mandatory, is the recommended method to send a request for military service information. This form captures all the necessary information to locate a record. Provide as much information on the form as possible and send copies of any service documents that you may have. Requests may also be submitted as a letter, containing the basic information listed above.

You may download Standard Form 180 from this web site: Follow the instructions for preparing the SF 180. Check the table to determine the location of the record and submit your request to the appropriate address.

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Federal Benefits for Veterans
Department of Veterans Affairs
1998 Edition


Below is the  Department of  Veterans Affairs, Federal Benefits for Veterans 1998 Edition booklet Table of Contents. The booklet is an excellent reference guide for all of your Federal Veterans Benefits. To download the complete guide in Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF format or MS Word format  or to see some benefits explained in more detail click on the hyperlink or the VA logo below.  We are providing the table of contents so that you can determine whether the booklet will be beneficial to you before downloading.

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Introduction 1

Health-care Enrollment 1

Who’s Eligible 1

Wartime Service 2

Filing Claims 2

Important Documents 2

Introduction in Spanish 3


1. Benefit Programs for Veterans 4

Disability Compensation 4

Prisoners of War 4

Agent Orange and Other Herbicides 4

Veterans Exposed to Radiation 5

Gulf War Veterans 5

Allowances for Dependents 6

Other Disability Benefits 6

Specially Adapted Homes 6

Automobile Assistance 7

Clothing Allowance 7

Pension 7

Improved Pension 7

Protected Pension Programs 8

Aid and Attendance or Housebound 8

Medal of Honor Pension 8

Education and Training 8

Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) 8

Montgomery Gl Bill (Selected Reserve) 11

Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) 12

Vocational and Educational Counseling 14

Vocational Rehabilitation 14

Program for Unemployable Veterans 15

Home Loan Guaranties 16

Guaranty Amount 18

Required Occupancy 19

Closing Costs 19

Financing, Interest Rates and Terms 20

Release of Liability 20

Loans for Native Americans 21

Repossessed Houses 21

Safeguards for Veterans 21

Life Insurance 22

Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance 22

Veterans’ Group Life Insurance 22

Service Disabled Veterans Insurance 23

Veterans’ Mortgage Life Insurance 23

Insurance Dividends 23

Assistance with Insurance 24

Burial Benefits 25

Burial in National Cemeteries 25

Headstones and Markers 26

Headstones or Markers for Memorial Plots 27

Presidential Memorial Certificates 27

Burial Flags 28

Reimbursement of Burial Expenses 28


2. Benefits for Survivors 29

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) 29

DIC Payments to Surviving Spouse 29

DIC Payments to Children and Parents 29

Spina Bifida Allowance 30

Special Allowances 30

Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors 30

Death Pension 30

Dependents’ Education 31

Educational Loans 33

Home Loan Guaranties 33

Montgomery GI Bill Death Benefit 33


3. Health-Care Benefits 34

Health-Care Enrollment 34

Hospital and Outpatient Care 35

Financial Assessment 36

Billing Insurance Companies 36

Nursing-Home Care 36

Domiciliary Care 37

Outpatient Pharmacy Services 38

Outpatient Dental Treatment 38

Gulf War, Agent Orange and Ionizing Radiation 39

Beneficiary Travel 39

Alcohol- and Drug-Dependence Treatment 40

Prosthetic Services 40

Services and Aids for Blind Veterans 40

Home Improvements and Structural Alterations 41

Readjustment Counseling 41

Special Categories for Medical Care 41

Merchant Marine Seamen 41

Allied Veterans 42

Medical Care for Dependents and Survivors 42


4 . Women Veterans 43

5. Homeless Veterans 43

6. Overseas Benefits 44

Medical Benefits 44

Other Overseas Benefits 44


7. Benefits for Special Groups 45

8. Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization 46

9. Other Federal Benefits 47

Job-Finding Assistance 47

Job Training Partnership Act 47

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program 47

Reemployment Rights 48

Unemployment Compensation 49

Federal Contract Affirmative Action 49

Federal Government Jobs 49

Transition Assistance Program 50

Operation Transition 50

Loans for Farms and Homes 51

FHA Home Mortgage Insurance 51

Naturalization Preference 52

Small Business Administration 52

Social Security 53

Supplemental Security Income 53

Passports To Visit Overseas Cemeteries 54

Medals 54

Review of Discharges 54

Replacing Military Records 55

Correction of Military Records 56

Armed Forces Retirement Homes 56

Commissary and Exchange Privileges 57

Death Gratuity 57


10. Appeals 58

Board of Veterans' Appeals 58

U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals 59


11. Tables 60-64

12. Where to Go for Help 65

13. VA Facilities 66

14. Index 86

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