This Page Contains Links to Veterans’ Programs

Page last updated on 10-March-2020

Check out this link to find lots of military and veteran discount.

All stores on this list are verifed every three months and are conveniently broken down into categories. The list can also be saved in PDF form and used as a reference guide for active military and veteran discounts.

The Army, Air Force and Navy exchange will start allowing all honorably discharged veterans to shop online, (think Amazon, only cheaper with no taxes) starting on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017 but you must register first.

To register call 1-844-868-8672.

If you have any questions concerning your veteran earned benefits

contact your ‘Service Officer’!

Your Accredited American Legion South Windsor Post Service Officers are:

Ken Lewis, Post 133 Service Officer


Bruce Botti, Post 133 Assistant Service Officer


Application for VA disability benefits.

Expert assistance, free of charge,

to veterans and their families.

Information, referrals and resources on

education, employment and business,

death benefits and other important topics.

State certified to assist you in obtaining your benefits under the CT Soldiers', Sailors', and Marines' Fund.

The link to the Solder's, Sailor's,

and Marine's fund is;

Request Military Service Records

     1     Request records online with eVetRecs

     2     Other ways to obtain service records

     3     Learn about military service records (e.g. DD Form 214)

     4     Special notice regarding requests for copies of military records

     5     Are you a recently separated veteran?

A form DD214 represents one of the most important documents you may ever possess. The DD214 contains data needed to verify active military service. Many veterans recognize the official moniker for this document as "DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty." Start the replacement procedure as soon as you discover you have misplaced or lost your original form. You can request a replacement DD214, online, from the comfort of your own home.

American Legion Remembrance Site

The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans service organization, places a high priority on honoring and remembering those who dedicated their lives to keeping our nation safe. A new American Legion web page is packed with stories, photos and videos, and offers visitors the ability to add their own words and images. The Honor and Remembrance web page is now available at The page features My Time in Uniform, where you can share your own story, Family Legacy, where you can take pride in a family member’s service, and the Sacred Places Database, a listing of more than 1,200 museums, memorials and cemeteries.


For the latest in U. S. veteran benefits check out the Veterans Benefits Administration.

For U. S. veteran news check out the Department of Veteran Affairs News.     


For the latest in CT veteran news check out

CT Veteran Home Page.

For CT veteran benefit info check out

Guide to State of Connecticut Benefits.     

Go here to see if you qualify for the

Connecticut Veterans War Time Service Medal.

ALL MILITARY, all the time!

Enjoy all the benefits of the largest online military community for free.

Check it out (& enroll now) by CLICKING HERE.

Dental Help for Veterans

Pro Bono Dental Surgeries

A number of Iraq War Veterans are experiencing major dental problems since returning home. The problem for these veterans is that the VA doesn’t pay for dental care unless a soldier is 100 percent disabled. That means they have to pay huge dental bills without any government help. One non-profit that is stepping up to the plate is Rebuilding America’s Warriors (R.A.W). Dedicated to providing reconstructive surgeries to American war veterans who have recently been wounded and/or disfigured while on active duty, R.A.W has enlisted the help of a dozen dentists nationwide. For more information, click here.

Health Care

VA operates the nation's largest integrated health care system, with more than 1,700 hospitals, clinics, community living centers, domiciliaries, readjustment counseling centers, and other facilities.

          Access Your Health Benefits

          Hospitals & Clinics

          Online Pharmacy

          Health Topics A-

          Protect Your Health


VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Servicemembers, Veterans, their dependents and survivors.


          Education & Training

          Home Loans

          Life Insurance

          Vocational Rehabilitation

Burials & Memorials

VA operates 131 national cemeteries in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Burial and memorial benefits are available for eligible service members, Veterans, and family members.

          Burial Benefits

          Schedule a Burial

          Headstones, Markers & Medallions

          Presidential Memorial Certificates

          Nationwide Gravesite Locator

For all you flyboys


For current and former serving Members of the United States Air Force, Army Air Corps, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard TogetherWeServed is a unique, feature-rich resource helping Airmen reconnect with lost Wingmen, share memories and tell their Air Force story.

check it out by clicking here:

Check out the Navy Memorial web site


For all you swabbies


For current and former serving Members of the United States Navy, TogetherWeServed is a unique, feature-rich resource enabling Naval personnel to re-connect with lost Shipmates, share memories and tell their Navy story.

check it out by clicking here:



Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs

2011 Reference Guide for Connecticut Veterans,

Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Benefits Experts Toll Free 1-866-9CT-VETS (928-8387)

or on the web at









United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Information Toll Free 1-800-827-1000 or




VA HOMELESS PROGRAM     203-931-4036




HARTFORD VET CENTER    860-563-8800

WEST HAVEN VET CENTER    203-932-9899

NORWICH VET CENTER    860-887-1755

Support Services

Substance Abuse Services

Connecticut Dept. Mental Health & Addiction Services    800-662-4357

Focus on Recovery Helpline    800-374-2800


National Coalition for Homelessness    800-838-4357

Financial Difficulty

Debt Adjustors, Money Management Inc.    888-845-5669

CHFA Veteran Mortgage Refinance Program    860- 721-9501

US Small Business Admin/Patriot Express    860-240-4894

CT Dept. of Insurance/Consumer Affairs    860-297-3900

CT Dept of Social Services/Veterans Programs    860-424-5024

Emergency Assistance Grants

CT Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Marines’ Fund    800-491-4941

Counseling Needs

CT Military Support Program    866-251-2913

National Crisis Hotline    800-784-2433

National Suicide Support    888-784-2433

Brain Injury Association of Connecticut    860-721-8111

Employment Assistance

CT Dept. of Labor – Veterans Programs    860-263-6514

US Dept. of Labor – Veterans Programs/CT    860-263-6490


CT Trial Lawyers/VA Appeal Specialists    860-522-4345


Useful Links

to web sites which provide information on veterans benefits.

Disability Compensation Pension

          Disability Compensation Benefits

          National Resource Directory - Benefits and Compensation

          Veterans Compensation and Qualifying Criteria

          VA Disability Compensation

          National Veterans Foundation - Disability Compensation

          Real Warriors

          Veterans of Modern Warfare

Death Pension

          SVSA - Death Pension

          U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs - Death Pension

          Veteran's Death Pension

DIC (Dependency and Indemnity Compensation)

          Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

          U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs - DIC

          Government Money - DIC

Veterans Health Care

          My Health

          VA Health Care

          Kaiser EDU - Veteran's Health Care

          Warrior Care

Long Term Care Benefits through Veterans Health Care

          SVSA - Long Term Care Benefits for Veterans

          Aging with Grace

          Deployment Health Clinical Center

CHAMPVA for Surviving Spouses

          SVSA - Help for Surviging Spouses

          VA - CHAMPVA

          CHAMPVA Overview

Burial Benefits

          Military Funeral Honors

          Veterans' Funeral and Burial Benefits

          VA Burial Benefits

          National Veterans Foundation - Burial Benefits

          Burial Benefits for Veterans

State VA Nursing Homes

          NCPC - State VA Nursing Homes

Home Renovation Grants

          SVSA - Home Modification Programs

          Home Renovation Grants

          VA Home Modification Grants: SHA, SAH, HISA

Websites for American Veterans

— What All Vets Should Know —

Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA.  Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know.  Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won’t tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it.  You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you   and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.


Board of Veteran’s Appeals:

VA In the News:

Center for Minority Veterans:

Center for Veterans Enterprise:

Center for Women Veterans:

American Gulf War Veterans Association:

VA Web Automated Reference Material System (WARMS):

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03:

Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page: 

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations:

Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp:

Due Process: 

Duty to Assist:

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations:

Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care:

Environmental Issues and Hazards:

Combat-Related Special Compensation:

Evaluation Protocol for Gulf War/Iraqi Freedom Veterans with Potential Exposure to Depleted Uranium (DU):  And:

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Documents Home Page:

Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependants 2010:

Forms and Records Request 

General Compensation Provisions and Benefits (go to title 38):

Geriatrics and Extended Care 

Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG

Guide to Gulf War Veteran’s Health

Gulf War Subject Index:


Homeless Veterans:

HSR&D Home:

Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams:

Ionizing Radiation:

Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA:

M21-1 Table of Contents: 

Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings: 

Mental Health Program Guidelines:

Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers:

Military Personnel Records:

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence:

My Health e Vet:

National Archives:

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention:

Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings:

OMI (Office of Medical Inspector):

Online VA Form 10-10EZ:

Parkinson’s Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders:    

Peacetime Disability Compensation

Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death (see Chapter 15):

Persian Gulf Registry

This program is referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (includes Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005

Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers

Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report to Congress:

Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research Report To Congress:

Directives Manual Index: 

Power of Attorney:

Project 112 (Including Project SHAD):

Prosthetics Eligibility:

Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page: 

Public Health/SARS:

Publications Manuals:

VA Office of Information Enterprise Records Management Service:

Records Center and Vault Homepage:

Records Center and Vault Site Search:

Release of Information Consent Form:

Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses:

Research and Development:

Survivor’s and Dependents’ Educational Assistance:

Title 38 Index Parts 0-17:  

Part 18:

Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart A “Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation:  

Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief (also § 3.317 Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here):                      Title 38 PART 4–SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B–DISABILITY RATINGS:

Title 38§ 4.16 Total disability ratings for compensation based on unemployability of the individual.               PART A “SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart à “General Policy in Rating”:

U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims:

VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

VA Fact Sheet:

VA Health Care Eligibility:

VA Life Insurance Handbook:

VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans: 

VA MS Research:

VA National Hepatitis C Program:

VA Office of Research and Development:

VA on Gulf War: 


VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address:

Vet Center Eligibility – Readjustment Counseling Service: 

Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page: 

Veterans Resource Network:

Veterans Service Records:

VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals: 

VHA Programs – Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers:

VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page:

Vocational Rehabilitation:

VONAPP online: 

WARMS – 38 CFR Book C: 

Wartime Disability Compensation:

War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center:

Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site:

What VA Social Workers Do:

American Legion Centennial Site

The American Legion Centennial Celebration is not only about honoring the past 100 years of our history, but also preparing to continue our legacy of service. Events and activities at posts all around the world will showcase The American Legion "Still Serving America."

- See more at:

- Our Post at:

America’s VetDogs is a way of honoring

the sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform.

America’s VetDogs® – The Veteran's K-9 Corps® is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that serves the needs of veterans with disabilities from all eras who have honorably served our country. VetDogs provide guide dogs for veterans who are blind; service dogs for those with other physical disabilities; physical and occupational therapy dogs to work with amputees in military and VA hospitals; and combat stress control dogs to be deployed in theater.

Check it out by Clicking Here.

Explore VA provides resources for Veterans and their families interested in learning about and applying for health care benefits, including benefit eligibility, the application process, specific types of health care benefits, like dental care and vision, and spouse and dependents' compensation eligibility.

If you wish to find out more about health care benefits from VA you should be interested in the new Explore VA website, specifically the health care benefits page.  Explore VA provides a fast way to learn about VA benefits, find out which ones you may be eligible for, share information with friends and family, and apply for benefits. Visitors to Explore VA can look at their eligibility for health care benefits, including:

          VA requirements for health care benefits

          VA's application process

          Information and application requirements for dental care, vision care and assisted living services

          Mental health services and coverage

          Veteran spouse and dependents' compensation eligibility

Continuing your education and career after military service can be an intimidating prospect. Choosing a school and getting all of your benefits requires you to weigh many factors including cost, distance, time, and of course – paperwork. All of these details can make the idea of getting your degree seem intimidating and many will wonder whether it’s worth the time. When you consider the generous benefits available to veterans, however, you’ll typically find that it’s worth your time to continue your education and finish that degree.

Guide to Veterans Education Benefits has created a user-friendly guide that includes features like a GI Bill calculator, grants and scholarship directories, and interviews with the top universities that have programs designed specifically to support veteran higher education. They hope their guide will not only answer common questions, but make it easier for veterans to leverage the educational benefits they have earned.

Korean Ambassador of Peace Medal

All Korean Veterans: The Korean government is presenting to all Korean War Veterans the Korean Ambassador of Peace Medal for who served during that period (June 25, 1050 to July 27, 1953.  It is also available for the veterans who have participated in the UN peacekeeping operations until the end of 1955.  The requirement is a copy of your DD 214 showing your dates of service.  Please contact our Post if you're interested and you'll need a copy of your DD 214. Please pass this on to any of your fellow veterans who served during this period.

Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Medical Centers

will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA

Audiology and Optometry clinics without a primary care referral –


Don't have a VA Id or Retiree military card but did serve in the military.....and want to get your 10% discount at Lowes.  Fill out the following form with your military service information and you will be approved in seconds BUY you have to use your My Lowes Card for purchases,

If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987

for a Must Read document


Publication of Final Regulations Fact Sheet

Hospital Care and Medical Services for Camp Lejeune Veterans and

Payment or Reimbursement for Certain Medical Expenses for Camp Lejeune Family Members

If you think you know someone that might have been stationed there - pass it on!

Veterans may face unique sleep challenges due to the nature of their training and their time in the service, whether or not they saw combat.

Transitioning from military life to civilian living comes with a host of challenges, and sleep problems are quite common in veterans of all ages. 

To find out more on this little known issue CLICK HERE.

Thanks to little Ava for this resource.

Are you, or is someone close to you,

experiencing difficulty with drug and/or alcohol dependence?

CLICK HERE for some useful information and available resources.

Burn pits have operated widely at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At this time, research does not show evidence of long-term health problems.

Check here for further information & registration:

The registry will help to monitor health conditions affecting eligible veterans and service members. We will use the data to improve our programs to help veterans and service members with deployment exposure concerns.

Property Tax Exemptions

           State law provides a basic $1,000 municipal property tax exemption for qualified veterans and their surviving spouses. An exemption is a reduction in the property’s assessed value on which taxes are owed, not a credit against the amount of the tax.  An honorable discharge, issued by the Department of Defense (DD-214) must be filed with the Town Clerk prior to October 1.

They must be submitted, in person,at the Assessor's office.  No on-line or electronic filing is available.

           Veterans, who have ninety days of wartime service, including Merchant Marines, who served during WWII, are eligible for a $1,500 exemption for property tax purposes. You have the option to choose to apply this exemption to your real estate or automobile tax.

           Veterans below a certain income level and/or service connected disabled veterans are eligible for additional property tax exemptions (up to $10,000 for paraplegics). Surviving spouses of veterans may also be eligible for this benefit.

For additional information contact the Assessor's Office at (860) 644-2511 ext 211

It can be challenging transitioning to civilian life.

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Military families have a lot to deal with - emotionally, logistically, and financially.

What benefits are out there for military families to make life a bit easier for them?

Where can they find discounts and deals?

Here's a helpful financial guide aimed specifically to help military family members learn about the different resources, federal programs, retail discounts, and deals for dependents of Veterans.

CLICK HERE to check it out.

Thanks to: Kevin from Wyoming  

(who's Grandfather served in Vietnam)