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Veterans Benefits NewsletterFebruary 2023 
Prepare Your Taxes with Free AARP AideWith tax season approaching, prepare now with the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Service. The volunteer-run program helps the military community file state and federal tax returns. Trained Tax-Aide volunteers are nationwide and IRS-certified each year to ensure they understand the latest changes and additions to the tax code. Tax-Aide is free and available either virtually or in-person (by appointment only) to all Veterans, service members, and their families regardless of age or whether they are AARP members.
 New Law Helps Survivors Get VA BenefitsA new law makes it easier for survivors of Veterans exposed to toxic material, including burn pits, to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC), tax-free benefit payments available for certain surviving spouses, children, or parents. They may also now be eligible for a one-time payment for accrued benefits, burial benefits, education and training, home loan certificates of eligibility, or health care. Find out which benefits you may qualify for and how to access them.
 New Toxic Exposure Screening for VeteransVeterans who enroll or are enrolled in VA health care, can now receive the toxic exposure screening at VA medical centers and clinics across the country. During your screening, if you believe you experienced toxic exposures during your military service, you may be connected to resources and encouraged to file a disability claim.
 Education Benefits for Survivors & DependentsIf you’re the child or spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or is rated permanently and totally disabled, you may be able to get help paying for school or job training through the Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program, also called Chapter 35. Find out if you’re eligible for DEA.
 Disability Housing Grants Available for VeteransVeterans and service members with certain service-connected disabilities can receive housing grants from VA to buy, build, or modify a home to meet their needs and live more independently. Changes to your home may involve installing ramps, widening doorways, and more. Find out if you’re eligible for a disability housing grant and how to apply.
 Find Your Next Civilian Career with ACPWhether you’re looking for a higher-paying job or seeking a promotion, an American Corporate Partners (ACP) mentor can help guide you toward great jobs. ACP works with Post-9/11 Veterans to help them find meaningful employment after military service. Learn more about ACP’s free mentor program.
 Free Lifetime Access to National ParksWith the Interagency Military Lifetime Pass, Veterans and their families can enjoy free access to approximately 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands. A pass can be obtained in person while visiting a participating site or online through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Online Store. Learn more about the pass and if you’re eligible.
Resources for Wounded WarriorsWounded Warrior Project (WWP) knows every Veteran has unique challenges and goals. That’s why WWP provides a variety of support services and programs to help in the biggest areas of need – spanning isolation, mental health, wellness, career counseling, and more. What’s more, all WWP programs and services are free of charge to warriors and their families, so you never pay a penny to get the help you need to build the future you deserve.
Update Your Insurance BeneficiaryIs your beneficiary information up to date with VA? Review your beneficiary information at least once a year to make sure everything is current. This makes it easier for your family to file a claim and receive benefits quickly!
Upcoming EventsFeb. 9 – Outreach Minority SymposiumFeb. 15 – Wellness Wednesday (Financial Mistakes to Avoid)Feb. 16 – Outreach Elderly & Faith-Based Symposium

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