Benefits applicants need to provide discharge copy
What documents do I need to have if I decide to seek a Department of Veterans Affairs benefit?
Answer: A first-time applicant must submit a copy of his or her service discharge (DD-214, DD-215, or for World War II veterans, a WD form), which documents service dates and type of discharge, or give their full name, military service number, and branch and dates of service. Additionally, the following documents will be needed for claims processing related to a veteran's death: veteran's marriage certificate for claims of a surviving spouse or children; veteran's death certificate if the veteran did not die in a VA health care facility; children's birth certificates or adoption papers to determine children's benefits; and veteran's birth certificate to determine parents' benefits. Contact the VA at (800) 827-1000 for additional information.
Q: How is the VA's Traumatic Stress Recovery Program staffed?
A: The Traumatic Stress Recovery Program is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of mental health professionals. The team consists of psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, readjustment counselors, substance use counselors, postdoctoral psychology fellows, psychology interns, nursing practicum students and social work practicum students. For more information on the Traumatic Stress Recovery Program contact the VA Medical Center at 433-0600.
If you have questions about your benefits as a veteran, call Fred Ballard at the Veterans Affairs at 433-0049 or visit the VA Web site at www.va.gov/hawaii
or the Star-Bulletin at 529-4747.