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Direct Benefit Program for Veterans

“Homeless”, “homeless individual” and “homeless person” refers to:

1. A person who does not have a normal and permanent area of residence.

2. A person who has a regular areas of residence which is a managed public or private shelter, which only provides temporary living accommodations (which includes welfare hotels, transitional housing for the mentally challenged and congregate shelters): also an institution that will provide you with temporary residential services for people who need to be institutionalized: or a private or public resident not meant for or normal residential use or permanent accommodation for anyone.

VA has numerous programs that aim to directly help homeless ex-soldiers. Some of these programs include the basics, with entails provision of food and shelter plus permanent solutions, which offer rehab training and health services.

The coordinators at VA concerned with homeless members, offer outreach programs which assist in expediting the homeless ex-soldiers claims. The Homeless Eligibility Clarification Act gives chances to eligible veterans who do not have a fixed address to get VA benefits checks from the VA regional offices. There are also procedures at VA which fasten the process of homeless veterans’ benefits claims. The previous year, over 35,000 were assisted and 4,000 had their claims expedited by the Veterans Benefits Administration.

VA’s HCHV (Health Care for Homeless Veterans Programs can be found on 133 sites, where you will find numerous health activities and programs that aim to help the homeless ex-soldiers.


  1. John Raymond O'Brien

    I served in the Air Force from 1954-1958 on active duty. Reserves from 1958-1966. I have my DD214 # available. I am interested to know about my benefits for cremation and internment at Rosecrans in San Diego.
    Thanks you

    • Veterans Authority

      This cemetery is closed to new interments. The only interments that are being accepted are subsequent interments for veterans or eligible family members in an existing gravesite. Periodically however, burial space may become available due to disinterment from an existing gravesite or for other reasons. If burial space is available at the time of request, the cemetery will assign such gravesites or columbarium niches to other eligible Veterans or family members. Since there is no way to know in advance when a gravesite may become available, please contact the cemetery at the time of need to inquire whether space is available. You can find more information about Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery here: http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/ftrosecrans.asp

  2. My husband’s dad was in Hiroshema thee week after the bomb was dropped. You. Can see “static/white. Noise” in some of his photos. After returning home, he died of cancer at 51. The daughter conceived just after. His return from Japan died. At 37!from breast cancer. Are there. Benefits available fr the 3 surviving. Siblings ? Thank you.

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