Veterans, whether service disabled or not, are entitled to a wide range of various benefits after they retire. The Veteran's Administration, or VA, administers benefits to retired veterans, and more information can always be found on the Veteran's Administration website, along with a toll-free number that veterans and family members can call for personalized support. The range of benefits offered to retired veterans includes health benefits, loans and grants for retired veterans who wish to start small businesses of their own, special support for low income retired veterans, mental health benefits and counseling, and travel costs for visiting a VA-approved medical care facility. For eligibility requirements and more information veterans should visit the Veteran's Administration website.
One benefit for retired veterans that may be especially beneficial is to register in a specific combat registry including the Gulf War, Vietnam, Ionizing Radiation, Agent Orange, Depleted Uranium, and other registries where special health care needs and issues may have been identified. Here, retired veterans can receive health care totally free of charge once they are listed in their respective registry. For retired veterans who are having trouble readjusting to civilian life after returning home from combat, the Veteran's Administration also provides for readjustment counseling benefits which can include counseling for special needs and for both veterans and their loved ones. Another benefit retired veterans receive is home renovation if there is a combat or service related disability. With these benefits, the home is made more accessible for the veteran to move about up to a $4,100 lifetime payout benefit. Veterans can also participate in the Work Restoration program, which helps retrain retired veterans for life in the civilian workforce and better equip them to gain useful employment after retraining is complete. For more information and a complete list of retired veterans benefits, visit the VA website.