Benefits Available

Benefits Available

The Highlands County Veteran Services Office can assist Veterans and their family in obtaining the following benefits.  Please call (863) 402-6623 for an appointment.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Education benefits are paid to eligible Veterans, dependents, reservists and service members while in an approved training program.  Such programs include the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11,  Veterans Educational Assistance Program, Survivors Educational Assistance Program and Dependents Educational Assistance Program.

There are time limits associated with each program and there are other qualifications that must be met.  To take advantage of one of these programs, talk with your VSO today.

BURIALS
The Highlands County Veteran Services Office (VSO) offers benefits and services to honor deceased Veterans including:  Headstones and Markers, Presidential Memorial Certificate, Burial Flag, Reimbursement for Burial Expenses and Burial in a VA National Cemetery.  There is no time limit for claiming reimbursement of burial expenses for a memorial; however, claims must be made within two years (2) of the Veteran’s burial in order to qualify and receive other benefits and services.

HEALTHCARE
The VA offers certain healthcare options for eligible Veterans. The VSO can assist with obtaining these benefits: (1) hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy and prosthetic services  (2) domiciliary, nursing home and community-based residential care (3) sexual trauma counseling (4) specialized care for women Veterans (5) health and rehabilitation programs for homeless Veterans (6) readjustment counseling (7) alcohol and drug dependency treatment (8) medical evaluation for military service exposure including Gulf War Gas, Agent Orange, radiation and other environmental hazards. 
 
TRANSPORTATION
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in association with the Bay Pines VA Medical Center (VAMC) provides free transportation to St. Petersburg VAMC, Lee County VA Healthcare and Bradenton. Requests for rides must be made two (2) weeks in advance.

The transportation service is available to Veterans who have VAMC scheduled appointments between the hours of 8:00 am  and 11:00 am. For van service scheduling call:  (863) 471-6227, extension 6697. 

DISABILITY BENEFITS
The VSO assists with the application for federal benefits which could pay monetary benefits to the Veteran. Disability Compensation is a federal benefit entitled for those who have become disabled due to their military service. Non-Service Connected Pension is a federal benefit that is based on the Veteran serving during a period of war and has limited income and assets, who is no longer able to work or is 65 years of age or older.