Did you know that state agencies devoted strictly to Veterans’ affairs work to provide critical benefits and services to those who have served?

Those agencies belong to the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA), which represents all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and five U.S. territories: American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. NASDVA is the second-largest provider of services to Veterans, contributing more than $8 billion annually in benefits to Veterans and their families.

`The bonds of honorable service’

State directors as leaders of government agencies are tasked by their governors, state boards and-or commissions to address Veterans’ needs regardless of age, gender, era of service, military branch or circumstance of service.

“We’re connected by the bonds of honorable service, and we’re united by our common goal to make a positive difference in the lives of all Veterans,” NASDVA Senior Vice President Wanda Wright told VA’s Veterans Experience Office.

national association of state directors of veterans affairs logoNASDVA was established in 1946. In the aftermath of World War II, many Veterans earned state and federal benefits that required coordinated efforts to ensure receipt of these entitlements. Thus, states developed a department or agency specifically to manage Veterans’ affairs and carry out the responsibility for Veteran services and programming.

“NASDVA has been around a long time, and it helped establish after World War II many of the Veteran benefits that we have today,” said Wright, a decorated Air Force Veteran. “Our role continues to expand as we go forward [and] as VA continues to expand with all this new legislation coming forth.”

Each of NASDVA’s state agencies do it differently

Wright, the director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, notes that the type of programs and services NASDVA agencies offer depends mainly on laws passed by their respective state legislatures. Arizona, for instance, has the Veteran Tool Kit Program, which provides up to $750 in financial aid to unemployed Veterans to buy supplies needed to start work in any industry. The aid may be used for tools, uniforms, car repair or other items.

“So if they’re missing things to begin that first day at work, we can provide them bus passes, uniforms, that first nice outfit for their work,” Wright said. “They can show up at work feeling confident and secure that they’re in the right place with the right tools to get that job going.”

Arizona also runs the Be Connected program. The social service initiative offers thousands of resources for Veterans, service members and their families and caregivers to find help for everything from suicide prevention and substance abuse treatment, all the way to securing a place to keep their pet while undergoing medical assistance.

Veterans can find their state agencies for Veteran affairs and learn about their services and benefits by going to the NASDVA website. Those interested can also Google the state Veteran affairs office in their respective state.

By Michael Richman

Communications assistant on detail with the Veterans Experience Office

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Published on Aug. 10, 2022

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30 Comments

  1. Gail Heron August 22, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    I have not received any help in any of these programs.

  2. S/SGT Frank L Ferguson August 14, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    How does Utah help 100% disabled Vietnam Veterans who live in St. George, Utah?

  3. Ronald H Pearson August 12, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Montana doesn’t do a damn thing for its veterans, thanks to Sen. Jon Tester

    • Lawlduh August 12, 2022 at 3:24 pm

      LOL, Tester just delivered the historically largest expansion of VA benefits for Veterans last week… oops.

      Also, Tester isn’t in the Montana senate, he’s a U.S. Senator from Montana. This post is about non-federal state benefits, not federal benefits from VA.

      Here, I did your searching for you: https://dma.mt.gov/MVAD/index

      • Watchman August 30, 2022 at 7:21 am

        @Lawlduh, good on ya’, you remind me of me, so thank you for your thoughtfulness in assisting @RonaldHPearson; if folks genuinely want assistance a little effort goes a long way. In fact, if someone has the where-with-all to be on here and leave a comment, they can just as easily click on a few links to get the info they need.

  4. Dan Nersesian August 11, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    What’s in New Hampshire?

  5. Michael Antolini August 11, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    What benefits does Ohio offer?

  6. ROBERT B ROMERO August 11, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Where is the VA office in Albuquerque, NM,?

  7. Jonathan McNeely August 11, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    I am trying to find resources to help submit a new claim for my back since the condition has worsened severely. I have been diagnosed with scoliosis which could have developed from degenerative disc disease. Also is it possible to file for SSA benefits early at 90% disability?

    • Watchman August 30, 2022 at 7:33 am

      @JonathanMcNeely, every state has a State Veterans agency (have no idea which one you are in). A suggestion would be to contact your local city/county government and they can put you in contact with a veteran’s organization to help you get the ball rolling. As for the SSA benefits, their disability benefits are handled different than VA disability, but if you shoot me an email (wordofthewatchman@gmail.com) I may be able to help you out with that…I can at least try!

  8. Michael L Antolini August 11, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    What is the VA doing for the Vets who was station at Camp Lejune. I was station there from Dec. 1973 to July 1974 and had cancer surgery in 2016.

  9. Robert G. Bauman August 11, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Where can I find a Divorce Lawyer? I’ve been called stupid and told to shut up for years.

  10. Earlene Ryan-Malik August 11, 2022 at 11:18 am

    I have been trying to be compensated for my sign on bonus for 1979. I have written a couple of letters and requested an VSO, but no seems to know the answer. Also, I requested to be released from my duty early due to hardship and am not eligible for a home loan. Can you help me?

  11. Bob Sandry August 11, 2022 at 10:06 am

    What is out there for Husband care givers in Colorado. Thanks Bob

    • Robert G. Bauman August 11, 2022 at 12:05 pm

      Viet Nam Veterans are denied CareGivers. The cut-off date is 9/11/2001. Wrong War!!!

  12. Thomas Cox August 11, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Kentucky does very little for its Veterans.

  13. JDT Tadeo August 11, 2022 at 8:13 am

    Thank you for making this information known to exist to fulfill very essential part of individual lives.

  14. Deidre August 11, 2022 at 5:51 am

    What can you do if you’re a veteran and you want to work but because you receive a certain amount of compensation, you will be monetarily penalized
    if you work
    for money. I believe, no matter what your disability or handicap and how much compensation you receive, if you can do it you should be free to work for monetary compensation while receiving VA compensation. I believe the policy should be changed.

  15. Alison August 11, 2022 at 1:32 am

    National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA), which represents all 50 states, Washington, D.C would be a Federal and not state agency wouldn’t it?

    [Editor: No. While state representatives can assist you with filing for VA’s federal benefits, the association is just a heading for non-federal state agencies administering non-federal benefits.]

  16. M. Stuart Johnson August 10, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Years ago, during my ongoing struggle to reassimilate into life back home having served 3 years in Nam, I ended up in Martin County, Florida living with an uncle and sister until I could get rooted.

    The Martin County Veterans Service Officer, Mr. Tony Reese, now retired, was instrumental and tireless in his efforts to assist veterans with various needs.

    He should have a plaque in his honor hanging on every entry way to every VSO office as inspiration to those following in his footsteps and as a testament to how a veterans service officer should perform.

  17. Fernando Manuel Agurto August 10, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Very Good…! ??

  18. Chas. Ames August 10, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I edit a monthly benefit column and regularly hear that states offer a variety of services.
    But I do not see state-by-state links that divulge those specific benefits.
    I provide 10 new benefits each month. I would love to add state-specific benefits.

    [Editor: Each state is different. Simply Google “(your state) veterans benefits.” That’ll bring up that state’s specific name and webpage.]

    • Dennis Bartkett August 12, 2022 at 10:47 am

      Looking for number to St Louis VA office to get started with a doctor. Koch location won’t let us on without appt but can’t get number ti make one.

  19. James L Cooper II August 10, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    What benefits do the state of Texas provide???

    • PAUL WERNER August 11, 2022 at 9:17 am

      https://vaclaimsinsider.com/veteran-benefits-in-texas/

      [Editor: Officially, the Texas Veterans Commission info, here: https://www.tvc.texas.gov/ ]

      • Thomas Edward Bahr August 13, 2022 at 10:13 am

        What are the other two?

    • PAUL WERNER August 11, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Texas is one of the top three veteran friendly states. Here is a very short list of benefits:

      1) Texas Veteran Property Tax Exemption Calculator
      VA Disability Rating Texas Property Tax Exemption Amount
      10% to 29% $5,000 from the property’s value
      30% to 49% $7,500 from the property’s value
      50% to 69% $10,000 from the property’s value
      70% to 90% $12,000 from the property’s value
      100% scheduler, 100% P&T, or 100% TDIU Tax exempt with no limits

      2) Texas Veterans Land Loan Program
      3) Texas veterans do not pay income tax
      4) Hazlewood Act for Texas Veterans
      5) Veteran Homes in Texas
      6) Free Driver’s License, hunting and fishing license and concealed carry license for Texas Disabled Veterans
      7) Disabled Veterans passport allows free entry to Texas state parks
      8) The Folds of Honor Foundation has two types of scholarship programs for Texas Disabled Veterans
      9) Freedom Hunters offers Texas Disabled Veterans outdoor adventures and hunting
      10) The Gratitude Initiative provides Disabled Veterans in Texas with educational support and college scholarships to the children and families

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