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All veterans should look into benefits

Veterans benefits aren’t just for those who have been injured in war. Former troops who are struggling to find work can also use the benefits to their advantage, as Yahoo! News reported that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are pushing for more companies to hire U.S. veterans. A program called Joining Forces has hired or trained 290,000 veterans since August 2011, according to the news source.

The website asked veterans to write how their job hunt during hard economic times has gone and Dan Schaffer, an Army veteran from 1975 to 1979, wrote that he had never thought about using these benefits before until he realized he had 45 months of education benefits through the old G.I. Bill.

“I had never given it a much thought before, and almost let this opportunity slip by,” he wrote. “I was paid $500 a month, tax-free, and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. As a police officer, this degree helped me achieve my Advanced TCLEOSE certification. … In 2003, I settled in Austin, Texas, and have been employed with the same company ever since; I’m making good money, at a good post with good hours.”

All veterans should look to take advantage of benefits that are owed to them from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans are also entitled to VA disability benefits if they received a service-related injury. The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates are experts in presenting medical evidence to the federal government to obtain disability benefits for their disabled clients. If you have applied for benefits and have been denied by VA, we are ready to help.