Military veterans are eligible for a wide-range of benefits coordinated through the Veterans Administration. There are eligibility requirements for most benefits and not all veterans are eligible for all of the benefits. These benefits include:
• Home Loans
• Health Care
• Compensation & Pensions
• Vocational Rehabilitation
• Aide & Attendance
• Burial & Memorials
There are several local resources for our medical and veteran related questions such as benefits, health issues, and burial.
Martinsburg VA Medical Center
510 Butler Avenue
Martinsburg, WV 25405
VA Outpatient Clinic
170 Prosperity Drive
Winchester, VA 22602
Culpeper National Cemetery
305 U.S. Avenue
Culpeper, VA 22701
FAX: (540) 825-6684
Department of Veterans Services
Strasburg Field Office
105 Stony Pointe Way, Suite 220 (rear of the building)
Strasburg, VA 22657
On December 15, 1943, National American Legion Commander Harry W. Colmery started writing in longhand, on Mayflower Hotel stationery in Washington, the first draft of what would later become the “GI Bill of Rights”—considered to be the Legion’s single-greatest legislative achievement.
On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs into law the original GI Bill, or “Servicemen’s Readjustment Act”, ushering in monumental changes in U.S. society. Higher education becomes democratized after 8 million veterans go to school on the GI Bill, get better jobs, buy houses in the suburbs and raise families. For every dollar spent on educating veterans, the U.S. economy eventually gets $7 back.
On June 30, 2008, President George W. Bush signs into law the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, a new GI Bill strongly supported by the Legion. The bill renews the federal government’s commitment to veterans by providing them with substantially better education benefits. The Legion remains at the forefront of efforts to improve education and other benefits for all veterans. The Post 9/11 GI Bill took effect Aug. 1, 2009, and has sent an unprecedented number of veterans to college.
To learn more about the benefits available to eligible veterans under the new Post 9/11 GI Bill, click here.
Veterans’ Transportation Network
The Veterans’ Transportation Network has vans that originate in several areas to bring patients to the Martinsburg VA Medical Center for scheduled medical appointments. The VTN van picks up patients at the Berryville Food Lion at 9:05 a.m., Monday through Friday. To reserve a seat on the van, call the Veterans’ Transportation Coordinator at 1-800-817-3807 Ext. 3732. For more information, go to the Veterans’ Transportation Network page.
If you have lost your military records or need copies of the records of deceased family members, copies may be requested from the National Archives. There is no charge for this service. For more information, click here.
The older records of some veterans may not be available. A 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center destroyed the records of about 80% of U.S. Army personnel discharged from 1912 through 1960 and about 75% of the records of U.S. Air Force personnel discharged between 1947 and 1964. None of the records destroyed in the fire had duplicate copies made nor had they been copied to microfilm.
Replacement Military Awards & Decorations
Requests for the issuance or replacement of military service medals, decorations, and awards should be directed to the specific branch of the military in which the veteran served. However, for Air Force (including Army Air Corps) and Army personnel, the National Personnel Records Center will verify the awards to which a veteran is entitled and forward the request with the verification to the appropriate service department for issuance of the medals.
Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements, if requested by the Veteran. Only one replacement is allowed per medal or decoration. There may be a small fee charged for replacements requested by family members of deceased service members. The length of time to receive a response or your medals and awards varies depending upon the branch of service sending the medals, but the process can take several months (up to one year) due to manning and funding shortfalls at the National Military.
For more information, click here.