For American service members who received an honorable or general discharge, the VA offers 4 major benefit programs:
- Service Connected Disability compensation
- Veteran's pension programs, for limited income veterans
- Medical care through VA hospitals and medical facilities
- Education Programs
If applying for a VA benefit for the first time, you will need a copy of your service discharge form (DD-214, DD-215, or, for WWII veterans, a WD form), which documents your service dates and discharge. If you do not have these you can contact the National Archives at 1-866-272-6272.
Your service discharge form should be held in a safe location and accessible by you, your next of kin or your designated representative.