If you are a current service member, a veteran or family member of someone who served, and have encountered a problem with your disability compensation, pension, vocational rehabilitation, health care education, burial or survivor benefits we may be able to assist you.
Please contact one of my District Offices. In some cases, we will ask you to fill out a Privacy Release Form that allows agencies to share confidential information with us.
See below for general information on programs available for veterans and their families, such as:
- VA Benefits
- State and local services
- Military records
- Memorial honors.
The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs provides a wide range of benefits including, Disability, Education and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loan Guaranty, Dependant and Survivor Benefits, Medical Treatment, Life Insurance and Burial Benefits. VA Benefits in Brief is a printable document that provides an at-a-glance description of VA benefits, as well as contact phone numbers and locations.
You may be eligible for VA benefits if you are a:
- Veteran, Veteran's dependent
- Surviving spouse, child or parent of a deceased Veteran
- Uniformed service member
- Present or former reservist or National Guard member
Visit www.va.gov for more details. You can also reach the VA by phone at: 1-800-827-1000.
State and Local Services.
The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs operates many housing, employment, education and advocacy programs for veterans. FDVA also maintains a lists of county veteran service offices and local service organizations in Florida.
Military Records and Medals
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of military personnel who have been discharged from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. Most records can be found online through the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
Medals and awards can also be replaced. Generally, there is no charge for medal or award replacements. The length of time to receive a response or your medals and awards varies depending upon the branch of service sending the medals.
My office can provide a Congressional Commendation in honor of those who have served. Additionally, many veterans are eligible for a number of benefits and honors upon their deaths. The Department of Defense provides military funeral honors including the presentation of the United States flag for eligible veterans. Veterans may also qualify for assistance with the cost of burial or for gravesites within the nation’s cemeteries. If you would like to make advance arrangements or arrangements upon the death of a loved one, please visit www.militaryfuneralhonors.osd.mil/ or call 1-800-827-1000. To locate the gravesite of a veteran buried in a national cemetery, the gravesite can be found at gravelocator.cem.va.gov/.