Common VA Benefit Terms:
Compensation: Monetary award to the veteran for a service-connected disability, which can be linked to military service, such as an injury, wound, or illness.
Nonservice Connected Pension: Monetary award to the wartime veteran or surviving spouse if they meet the financial guidelines set forth by Congress. The pension is based on income and net worth. The veteran must have had ONE (1) day wartime service to be eligible to apply for pension.
Aid and Attendance: Extra funds are awarded if the veteran or surviving spouse needs assistance from another person, such as bathing, medication, getting dressed, or performing other daily needs.
Housebound: The applicant is confined to his/her home, but he/she does not need assistance in dressing, bathing, etc. from another person.
Dependent Indemnity Compensation (DIC): Monetary award to the surviving spouse of a 100% service connected veteran at the time of death or if the death was service-connected. This is not based on income.
DD-214: A military separation paper issued to veterans after 1949. Prior to this, the form was DD-AGO 53 – 55. Number is located in the lower left corner of document. The DD-214 may be recorded at the local Register of Deeds office free of charge for safekeeping. The veteran is able to get free certified copies of the DD-214s when needed.
Scholarships for Dependents
State of North Carolina Scholarships: These scholarships are available through the state and are administered by the NCDVA for the children of certain disabled wartime veterans. Four classes of the scholarships are awarded annually to applicants. Classes I-A, I-B, and IV are automatic awards, with no limitation to the number awarded. Classes II and III are competitive scholarships, with 100 awarded in each class. The final deadline for applications is March 31 annually. Student must attend a college or university in North Carolina. Applications are available through the County Veterans Office.
North Carolina Association of County Veterans Service Officers Memorial Scholarship for Deceased Veteran Service Officers: The one time $500 scholarship, which is awarded annually by the NCACVSO, is open to high school seniors and college students. Applications are accepted from September through December annually. In addition to submitting the academic and financial requirements, the applicant must write a one-page essay, “What a Veteran Means to Me”. The committee meets in April to award the scholarships. Student must attend a college or university in North Carolina. Applications are available through the County Veterans Service Office who is a member of NCACVSO..