Working for Veterans
Last weekend, I held a Veterans Benefits Workshop at the Maryland National Guard Armory in Annapolis (pictured below). With help from the Baltimore VA Regional Office, we were able to provide information sessions and personalized, one-on-one casework appointments for veterans to learn about the benefits available to them and to receive updates about the status of individual claims.
We had a great turnout and it was encouraging to hear so many positive reactions from veterans who attended the event.
If you are a veteran and could not make the event, the below resources may be helpful to you.
- Health Care: The VA Maryland Health Care System is responsible for providing veterans care through numerous locations around the state, including medical centers located in downtown Baltimore, Perry Point and a variety of outpatient clinics. Visit: http://www.maryland.va.gov/.
- Post-9/11 GI Bill: Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill may find this Frequently Asked Questions database useful. Visit: https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/answers/list.
- eBenefits: This site allows veterans to file claims online, as well as track the status of their pending claim with the VA. Visit: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal.
- MDVA: In addition to providing veterans in Maryland with information and support, the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs also acts as a Veterans Service Organization that can assist with filing claims. Visit: http://veterans.maryland.gov/maryland-department-of-veterans-affairs-service-benefits-program/.
- National Cemetery Administration: The VA can provide burial and funeral benefits in some cases. Visit: http://www.cem.va.gov/.
- Housing: Through the HUD/VASH program, the VA has partnered with HUD to find affordable housing to combat homelessness. Visit: http://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp.
As always, if you or a veteran you know needs help accessing benefits, please contact my office at (410) 832-8890.
John P. Sarbanes
Maryland's Third Congressional District