AAPD monitors current legislation and advocates for benefits and services and provides information and resources to veterans with disabilities and their families. Our nation’s obligations to veterans with disabilities include:
- Quality health care;
- Employment opportunities;
- Educational and training opportunities;
- Community support; and
- Support for families
3.3 million veterans are currently receiving VA disability compensation.
—US Department of Veterans Affairs
AAPD monitors and supports measures to provide and fully fund services and benefits for veterans with disabilities, including physical and mental health services, employment, education, and housing.
Department of Veterans Affairs
Title 38 of the U.S. Code establishes the Department of Veterans Affairs and provides for veterans benefits including healthcare, employment and education and also addresses disability compensation, housing for disabled veterans, rehabilitation and accessible automobiles and adaptive equipment.
Department of Defense
The National Defense Authorization Act is passed biennially and authorizes funding for the Department of Defense, including provisions related to disability retirement pay. AAPD monitors current law and proposed legislation related to disabled veterans. For more information on current issues, visit the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs within the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
AAPD provides resources to US veterans with disabilities, their supporters, and families to be able to access information and services.
- Paralyzed Veterans of America
Helps disabled veterans obtain medical help, access jobs and live active lives, and advocates for veterans’ rights.
- Onward to Opportunity in Partnership with the Veterans Career Transition Program (O2O – VCTP)
O2O – VCTP is a free, comprehensive career training, certification, and employment program for transitioning service members, veterans, and military families. They provide career-path counseling, job-ready training, and access to over 400 brand name employers.
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Provides support to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the areas of health, education, employment and community building, and lobbies for veterans’ rights and care.
- Blinded Veterans Association
An organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans through service programs, regional groups, resources and advocacy.
- USO Wounded Warriors
Provides a variety of programs and services to support the morale, welfare, social and entertainment needs of troops and their families.
- Hire Heroes
Provides transition assistance, job search assistance and job placement services to veterans.
- Hire A Hero
Jobs board specifically for military veterans.
- Disabled American Veterans
Helps disabled veterans access benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs, and provides additional assistance with home loans, scholarships and rides to VA hospitals.
- United Spinal Association VetsFirst Service
Assists veterans with making benefits claims and advocates for veterans’ rights.
- Homes for our Troops
Builds accessible homes at no cost for severely injured veterans.
- Job Opportunities for Disabled Vets
A searchable database of job opportunities for disabled veterans.
- Disabled Veterans National Foundation
Provides direct services and grants to individuals and organizations to aid veterans and their families with employment, mental health, healthcare costs and more.
- Characters Unite: Disabled Vets
USA Networks’ campaign to fight intolerance and raise awareness of the challenges faced by millions of disabled veterans. Also includes resources for disabled veterans.
- The Ultimate Guide to Veterans Benefits
Our Veterans are entitled to several healthcare, educational, spousal and life benefits. MoneySavingPro has compiled a blog post that provides more information on various issues, such as health benefits, pension programs, counseling services, and more.
- The Mesothelioma Center
Veterans comprise more than 30 percent of all mesothelioma cases in the United States. Because all branches of the military relied on asbestos in the past, and builders overseas still do, veterans are more likely than others to develop asbestos-related diseases. The Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com) offers information, resources, and live support.
- Veteran Aid
VeterainAid.org provides information and application assistance for the Aid and Attendance (A&A) pension, which provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature.
- The White House
Provides information on what the administration is doing on disability issues.
- US Department of Veterans Affairs
Provides information on disability compensation offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Social Security Administration
Provides information on the SSA’s Wounded Warrior program and how to apply for benefits.
- Department of Labor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Provides information on ODEP’s activities to increase access to jobs for people with disabilities
- Department of Transportation Access to Transport Page
Provides information on access to transportation for people with disabilities, including resources and laws
- National Council on Disability
The NCD is an independent Federal Agency responsible for advising the President and lawmakers on issues pertaining to disability, including policy on education, transportation, technology and healthcare.
Online tool to help individuals determine their qualification for government benefits.
- Warrior Care
A Department of Defense blog that provides resources and support for wounded veterans to receive care and transition assistance.