Veteran Benefits in North Carolina
North Carolina VA benefits are available through the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Together, these NC veterans benefits provide servicemembers and their families with burial benefits, affordable housing opportunities, tuition assistance and skilled nursing care at state Veterans Homes.
However, additional veterans administration benefits include health care, pension allowances and disability pay. Other federal benefits include life insurance, home loans, and mortgage assistance. To learn more about health care benefits for veterans and how to apply for them, review the information below.
Disability Benefits for Veterans in North Carolina
Veterans may apply for VA disability pay in North Carolina if they have service-connected disabilities or illnesses, including mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Available VA disability benefits include Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) or Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). Additionally, servicemembers may obtain general disabled veterans benefits by completing an Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits (VA Form 21-526EZ).
To make SMC or DIC disability claims, veterans must complete VA Forms 21-2680 or 21-534EZ.
Qualifying veterans may obtain VA life insurance in addition to disability compensation, including policies for disabled servicemembers. Available veterans life insurance policies include the following:
- Servicemembers’ Group Life (SGLI) – complete SGLV 8286
- Family Servicemembers’ Group Life (FSGLI) – complete SGLV 8286A
- Traumatic Injury Protection Servicemembers’ Group Life (TSGLI) – complete SGLV 8600
- Veterans’ Mortgage Life (VMLI) – complete VA 29-8636
- Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI) – complete VA 29-4364
- Veterans’ Group Life (VGLI) – complete SGLV 8714
Note: To receive disabled veteran life insurance application assistance, contact the DMVA at 844-624-8387.
Health Insurance Benefits for Veterans in North Carolina
Service members can apply for VA health care in North Carolina online, in person at a medical center, by mail or by telephone. To apply for VA health insurance by telephone, veterans must call 1-877-222-8387 and provide all the information requested.
To apply for VA medical benefits by mail, veterans must complete VA Form 10-10EZ (or 10-10EC to apply for extended/long-term care) and mail the application to the following address:
Health Eligibility Center 2957 Clairmont Road, Suite 200 Atlanta, GA 30329-1647
Available veterans health insurance benefits include preventative and emergency care services, prescription drug coverage, and in some cases, diagnostic tests such as X-rays and ultrasounds.
Pension Benefits for Veterans in North Carolina
Veterans may apply for a VA pension if they meet income, age, and/or disability requirements. Available veterans pension options include survivor payments, regular pension payments, Aid and Attendance (A&A) and Housebound allowances.
To apply for VA pension benefits in North Carolina, claimants must complete VA Form 21P-534EZ to apply as a surviving spouse or family member, or they may complete Form 21P-527EZ to apply as a servicemember.
To enroll in A&A or Housebound veterans pension benefits, however, applicants must submit a physician’s report to the following address:
Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center Attn: Philadelphia Pension Center P.O. Box 5206 Janesville, WI 53547-5206
Note: For free application assistance, contact the DMVA at 844-624-8387 or visit a District Field Office.
Housing Benefits for Veterans in North Carolina
North Carolina VA housing programs include access to four VA nursing homes throughout the state, resources for homeless military members and their families, mortgage servicing assistance, and federal home loans. Veterans housing assistance includes the following federal and state programs:
- Veteran’s Restoration Quarters and Transitional Housing (for men)
- Steadfast House (for single women or women with young children)
- First at Blue Ridge (for men and women)
- Family Forum
- Faith Farm (for women)
- Healing with CAARE (shared living space)
- Maple Court
- Triangle Residential Options
- Servant Center (for men)
- Arthur Cassell Transitional House (for men)
Additionally, veterans may apply for VA housing assistance through any of the four DMVA Veterans Homes in Fayetteville, Salisbury, Black Mountain and Kinston. To learn more about long-term veterans housing programs and nursing home care, patients must contact each facility directly using the telephone numbers below:
- Fayetteville: 910-482-4131
- Salisbury: 704-638-4200
- Black Mountain: 828-257-6800
- Kinston: 252-939-8000
Note: A VA home loan guaranty also exists to assist veterans in purchasing a home for themselves and their family. To learn more about VA home loan rates, contact the Loan Guaranty Office at 1-877-827-3702.
Education Benefits for Veterans in North Carolina
North Carolina VA education benefits include the Scholarship for Children of Wartime Veterans and federal benefits under the GI bill or Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP).
Through these scholarships for veterans, eligible students receive free tuition at participating colleges and universities. To learn more about educational assistance programs, students may visit a DMVA District Field Office.
To apply for post 911 GI bill benefits, or to receive benefits under related bills, veterans must complete an Application for Education Benefits (Form 22-1990) and mail it to the following address:
VA Regional Office P.O. Box 4616 Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
Employment Benefits for Veterans in North Carolina
Military members seeking North Carolina VA jobs assistance may visit a local NCWorks employment center to receive the following services:
- Training opportunities and job fairs
- Interview preparation
- Resume and cover letter development
- Career assessments
- Computer and internet service
- Federal employment application assistance
Furthermore, service members looking for jobs for veterans may use NCWorks Online to view open positions 24 hours before they become available to non-veteran job seekers.
Additional VA employment benefits include apprenticeship opportunities under the federal programs and through the NCWorks Apprenticeship program.
Funeral Benefits for Veterans in North Carolina
North Carolina va death benefits include interment at the four State Veteran Cemeteries in Black Mountain, Jacksonville, Salisbury and Goldsboro. Additionally, va burial benefits include a burial flag, headstone and marker, bronze medallions (if requested), a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and military funeral honors.
However, specific veterans burial benefits vary depending on whether veterans die in a service or non-service-connected death. Federal death benefits include a $2,000 burial allowance for all service-related deaths.