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Services & Benefits



Medical and Health Care

Medical and health care is available to eligible Veterans. All services are broken down into priority groups:
  • Priority Group 1: Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 50% of more disabling.
  • Priority Group 2: Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 30% or 40% disabling.
  • Priority Group 3: Veterans who are former POW's, Veterans whose discharge was for a disability that was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 10% or 20% disabling, Veterans awarded the Purple Heart or Medal of Honor.
  • Priority Group 4: Veterans who are receiving aid and attendance or house-bound benefits, Veterans who have been determined by VA to be catastrophically disabled.
  • Priority Group 5: Nonservice-connected Veterans and service-connected Veterans rated zero percent disabled, whose income and net worth are below the established dollar thresholds.
  • Priority Group 6: Veterans who served in the Republic of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operation from August 2, 1990 through November 11, 1998. Veterans discharged from active duty on or after January 28, 2003 for five years post discharge.
  • Priority Group 7: Veterans with income below the geographic means test (GMT) income thresholds and who agree to pay the applicable copayment.
  • Priority Group 8: Veterans with gross household incomes above the VA national income threshold and the geographically adjusted income threshold for their resident location and who agrees to pay copays.


  • Aid & Attendance

    Wartime Veterans, regardless of combat, and non-married surviving spouses may be eligible for significant financial assistance to pay for help with activities of daily living provided by a long term care facility, nursing home, or in home care provided by a family member, friend or an entity. Eligibility is based on income, assets, and need for assistance.

    Burial

  • Federal: Financial assistance for burial for plot expenses available for eligible survivors of qualified Veterans. Burial in National Cemeteries available for certain Veterans and family members. Claim must be filed within two years after permanent interment. The VA provides headstone or grave markers for unmarked burial sites. An American flag is available to drape the casket and be given to next of kin.
  • State: Payments authorized by counties for indigent NYS veterans and certain family members; purchase of headstone also authorized.
  • State: A supplemental burial allowance of up to $6,000 is authorized for certain military personnel killed in combat or dying from combat wounds.