Have you served in the military or had a deceased loved one who died serving their country? New York City military personnel and spouses, children, and parents of deceased military servicemen may be able to take advantage of healthcare services, employment services and education aids. What should you or your family know about using these veteran and military services? There are many military services and programs vets and their families can participate in. Here are a few of the services and programs that military families may not realize their service member, or themselves, can use.

Evidence of Military Service of the Deceased

If you served your country or know of someone who has served the country, they may be eligible for many services available to New York City veterans. Did your love one die before being awarded all the medals they should have received? But, you may need to notify the government of your relative’s death for other reasons, too? Family members who have a deceased brother, son, father or husband may need to file a Report of Casualty or DD Form 1300. This form is needed for families to receive a service record showing proof of death to the government and commercial agencies that pay benefits to survivors of service members who would have been eligible.

Spouses, children, and parents of a service member, if eligible, can get resources and assistance from VA dependent and survivor benefits. These benefits include compensation, receiving a pension, getting health care, going to college or getting schooling, receiving burial benefits and more.

Free Sporting Passes for qualifying Members

Did you know that qualifying military members are eligible to receive free small and big game licenses, trapping license, and fishing season licenses? New York State residents who are active members of: the New York State Organized Militia, U.S. Reserve Services, or certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Are service members active or part-time in New York branches and U.S. Military Forces? Those who are in the Ready Inactive Service do not qualify to receive free sporting licenses.

New York State Supplemental Burial Allowance

Some military servicemen killed in action or dying from wounds may be eligible to receive $6,000 to pay burial costs. An allowance is paid to the family member charge of funeral and burial plans expenses. The supplemental burial application allowance form should be submitted before funds are released. Those who need the form can download it. If you need assistance by the DVA Help Line, call 1-888-838-7697.

Survivors Pension

Did you know that family members of a deceased service member can receive a death pension? Awarded by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, this is a tax-free monetary benefit that is payable those who have not remarried, are widowed, and surviving a spouse’s death. Children of a wartime veteran are eligible, as well. For more information on eligibility and to apply, click here.

Starting a Veteran-owned Business

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs through its Center for Veterans Enterprise have established certain programs to help vets start a business that is veteran-owned or a service disabled veteran-owned business. Qualified business owners are eligible for federal funds that are already set aside. For more information about starting a business, click here for more information. Other resources vets may want to take advantage of are: the Small Business Development Center, the New York States Veterans Business Outreach Program, and Franchising Opportunities for Veterans.

Health Benefits

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veteran’s Health Administration is responsible for providing healthcare to vets. Vets can receive a wide spread of medical services , based on what VA doctors think their patient needs and what is in accordance with standard practices. Some of these services awarded are: primary care, health promotion, disease prevention, palliative care, diagnosis, surgery, prescriptions, prosthetics, critical care, Mental Care Health (including PTSD), women’s health care, orthopedics, radiology, physical therapy, and rehabilitation.