Below you will find an assortment of links and points of contacts specifically for Veterans. These include a variety of Department of Veterans Affairs centers and programs, state and federal programs, and numerous community and non-profits. Like any resource page, this will continue to grow and expand, so check back.
An objective of Blind Not Alone involves compiling resources and links related to disablement. Below are some of the other pages you might be interested in:
- Disability Resources and Links
- Veterans Benefits, Services, and Disability Information
- Department of Veterans Affairs Blind and Visually Impaired Veterans Services
- Service Animals and Guide Dog Resources and Information
Blind Not Alone’s Veterans Pages
Here in Blind Not Alone, we have an array of pages for Veterans, focusing primarily on programs and initiatives for visually impaired Veterans. Here is a list of these pages.
- TAVVI Blind Vet Tech’s Resources and Information and Resources Page on Technology
- Blind Vet Tech iOS Teleconference
- The Blinded Veterans Association’s Heartland Regional Group, covering Kansas and Missouri
- Department of Veterans Affairs Resources for Visually Impaired Veterans
- Council on Guide and Service Dog Handlers Information and Resources
Disablement Amongst Veterans
Disablement amongst Veterans arise in three main ways:
- Service Connected disability, or the onset, aggravation, or development of a medical condition as the direct result of military service, i.e. combat injuries from enemy actions to military sexual traumas.
- Presumptive Service Connected Disability, or the development of a medical condition that the Department of Veterans Affairs established a clinically significant correlation between military service and a medical condition, i.e. Diabetes related to Agent Orange to Gulf War Syndrome.
- Age related conditions, medical conditions that once develops over life, are not connected to military service, and are not compensated under Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation and pension benefits, i.e. Age Related Macular Degeneration.
Finding Help Filing a VA Disability Claim or Benefit Assistance
If you are or know of a Veteran with a disability that might have been caused by military service or wish to learn more about benefits and entitlements available, its highly encouraged to contact a Veterans Service Officer. These individuals provide Veterans or their dependents with information and assistance filing claims and navigating the VA system. All credible Veteran Service Officers conduct these duties at no cost to the Veteran, and often or located within the nearby VA medical center. As an additional benefit, a claim or benefit filed through a Service Officer generally processes faster and returns with a favorable outcome when compared to filing alone.
The below links will take you to information and resources related to Veteran Service Officers for filing a VA claim or entitlement:
- Department of Veterans Affairs tool for searching for accredited attorneys, claims agents, or Veterans Service Organizations.
- Disabled American Veterans Service Officer Locator
- Paralyzed Veterans of America National Service Officers
- American Legion Service Officers
- Veterans Of Foreign Wars National Veteran Officers
- National Association of County Veteran Service Officers
This is not an all inclusive list, but rather those services found most beneficial and are easily accessible. It advisable to ask other Veterans in ones area for referrals and recommendations, as each region offers an array of options.
Other Veteran Resources and Links
Kansas offers the following benefits to its Military and Veteran citizens
- Honorary High School diploma to those World War II and Korean War Veterans who left home to serve.
- Free hunting and fishing licenses to National Guardsmen and disabled Veterans
- Assortment of license plates
- No state income tax on military retirements
The KCVA is the primary method the State of Kansas assists Veterans. This program is funded partially through the lottery system. It is charged with administering the following:
- State Veteran Cemeteries
- Veteran Homes, formerly the Old Soldier Homes
- County Veteran Service Representative (VSR) program for claims and benefits
Veteran Related Organizations
Veteran Support Groups
There is no better method for a Veteran to understand and learn more about their conditions and how to overcome them than through peer support groups. Its in these settings we feel the most comfortable to share our experiences and stories in an effort to create cohesion and learn from each other. Where else might we turn to talk with someone who lived through the same situations as each of us might have. Below are support groups and organizations that are the most efficacious to turn towards and engage in your healing or transitioning process.
We are a charitable organization supporting the VFW and American Legion. With over 30% of all mesothelioma patients being Veterans, a main part of our mission is to spread mesothelioma awareness to Veterans and their family members. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the extensive amount of asbestos used in past military equipment. Our goal at the Mesothelioma Group is to increase awareness, improving survival rates and life expectancy.