Term Veteran Benefits Assistance
Code FT-1000.9000
Definition Programs that provide assistance for veterans who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits and services to which they are entitled by law based on service to their country. The programs may help veterans understand the eligibility criteria for benefits, the benefits provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are Veteran Services Officers (VSOs) who are trained and accredited by the Veteran's Administration (VA) and can be found in offices specific to each state, the county courthouse, the local VA office and local veteran's rights organizations; as well as legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.
Created 3/8/94
Changed 3/24/20
Use References Benefits Assistance for Veterans
Veteran Benefits Advocacy
Veteran Benefits Counseling
Veteran's Benefits Assistance
Veteran Service Officer Assistance Programs
VSO Assistance Programs
See Also References Veteran Burial Benefits (NS-1000.9000)
Veteran Compensation and Pension Benefits (NS-1800.9000)
Veteran Education Benefits (HL-8000.1800-900)
Veteran Employment Programs (ND-6500.9200)
Veteran High School Diploma Programs (HH-0500.2500-900)
Veteran Home Loans (BH-3500.3400-900)
Veteran Homes (BH-8400.9000)
Veteran Life Insurance (NS-4500.9000)
Veteran Membership Organizations (TD-1400.9000)
Veteran/Military Health Insurance (NS-8000.9000)
Veteran/Military Hotlines (RP-1500.1400-900)
Veteran Outpatient Clinics (LN-9000)
Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (LL-3000.9000)
Veterans Courts (FC-8200.8100-920)
Veteran Support Groups (PN-8100.4500-850)
Veteran Survivors Benefits (NS-8200.9000)
Veteran Treatment Cards (DF-7000.9100)
External Classification Terms Claims Filing Assistance (UW 1.4.16.02)
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (AIRS LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Legal Services (NTE I80)
Ombudsman for Income Security and Economic Opportunity (UW 1.4.13.01)
Specialized Law Practice Areas (NPC I06)
Related Concepts Advocacy/Rights Protection
Ex-Offender/Reentry Services
Financial Services/Benefits
Homelessness
Military/Veteran Services
Facet Service
Comments NOTE: A lot of different types of programs help people complete and file application/enrollment forms for various types of benefits and/or are authorized, often by contract, to do eligibility determinations for a specific program. With so many different types of players, it is sometimes difficult to decide which Taxonomy term to select. Here are some guidelines: Use the Benefits Assistance terms in the FT-1000 section for application assistance provided by programs devoted primarily to advocacy for people to ensure that they understand and receive the benefits for which they are eligible. Use Benefits Screening (PH-0700) for programs that provide application assistance in the context of a general assessment of an individual's eligibility for a wide variety of benefits. Use the application/enrollment terms in the NL and NS sections of the Taxonomy for both federal, state, provincial or county offices tasked with benefits application/enrollment processing and eligibility determinations; and for other programs outside those systems that help people complete and file benefits application/enrollment forms or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for a specific benefit. Use Certificates/Forms Assistance (FT-1020) for assistance with any of the wide variety of forms, certificates and other official documents that people need to read and understand or complete and file that do not have a high enough profile to be covered by a dedicated Taxonomy term.
Bibliographic References "Veteran Service Officers", Military.com website, https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits/veteran-service-officers.html

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