Grants for Veterans
The U.S. Department of Labour (DOL), Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) work together to provide resources and support to assist veterans in obtaining meaningful careers, maximizing employment opportunities, and protecting their employment rights. In addition to the employment benefits, the VA also provides a wide range of benefits including veteran grants, disability support, vocational rehabilitation, home loan guaranty, medical, insurance, and burial benefits for veterans and their dependents.
Who is Eligible for Veteran Grants and Benefits?
You are eligible to apply and receive veteran grants and benefits if you are a:
- Veteran, Dependent of a Discharged or Active Veteran
- Spouse, Parent, or Child of a deceased Veteran
- Uniformed service member
- Present or former reservist or National Guard member
Please keep in mind that to be considered a veteran, you must be discharged from or an active member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.
Veteran Priority Groups
When an eligible veteran applies for grants and benefits for veterans, each individual is assigned to a priority group. The Veterans Affairs uses priority groups to balance demand for funding amount and resources. There are 8 different priority groups. (From highest to lowest in priority)
Group 1 - Active or discharged veterans with service-related disabilities rated 50% or more who are determined by the VA to be unemployable due to service-related conditions.
Group 2 - Active or discharged veterans with service-related disabilities rated 30% to 49% who are not determined by the VA to be unemployable.
Group 3 - Active or discharged veterans with service-related disabilities rated 10% to 29%. Active or discharged veterans who are former prisoners of War (POW) or were awarded a Purple Heart Medal. Active or discharged veterans who were awarded the Medal of Honor (MOH). Active or discharged veterans who were awarded special eligibility for disabilities incurred in treatment or participation in a Vocational Rehabilitation program. Lastly, veterans who were discharged for a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.
Group 4 - Active or Discharged veterans who are determined by VA to be catastrophically disabled.
Group 5 - Active or discharged veterans whose gross annual household income is below the VA national income threshold.
Group 6 - Discharged veterans of World War 1
Group 7 - Active or discharged veterans with gross household income below the geographically-adjusted income threshold (GMT)
Group 8 - Active or discharged veterans with gross household income above the geographically-adjusted income threshold (GMT)
Different Types of Veteran Grants and Benefits
The United States government honors active or discharged veterans by providing financial support in health, education, and business needs to eligible veterans. To receive grants for veterans, you must be:
- A United States citizen
- A aualified veteran, or the spouse, parent, or child of a qualifed veteran
- Currently residing in the United States
It is free to apply for veteran grants. However, not every veteran is eligible to receive veteran grants. For more information, visit:
- http://www.dol.gov/vets/grants/main.htm - U.S. Department of Labor
- http://grants.gov - U.S. Official Government Grants Resource
- http://www.recovery.gov - U.S. Government's official website on money flow related to Recovery Act
- http://www.benefits.gov - U.S. Government's official website on government benefits for United States citizens