After more than 13 years of war, thousands of spouses of the fallen have found themselves in the same position — forced to navigate a complex and often perplexing system of benefits. The system rewards most generously those who don't remarry or find work and weans those who do from compensation and benefits. Starkly put, survivors say, it has put a price tag on the daunting process of moving on.
America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period? And why has yearly VA disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014?
The Department of Veterans Affairs on Thursday launched a new version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool, which is designed to make it easier for veterans, servicemembers, and dependents to estimate their education benefits and learn more about VA’s approved college, university, and other education and training programs across the country.