Take These Rapid Assessment Questionnaires to Learn More
About The Veterans Benefits You May Be Eligible to Receive

Rapid Assessment: Depleted Uranium Exposure Take Quiz
Rapid Assessment: Agent Orange & Vietnam Take Quiz
Rapid Assessment: Atsugi Incinerator Exposure Take Quiz

Rapid Assessment: Open Burn Pit Exposure Take Quiz
Rapid Assessment: Camp Lejeune & Fort McClellan Take Quiz
Rapid Assessment: Elder Care Benefits Take Quiz

What’s new on VetsHQ this month

VA Choice ProgramIt’s about veteran choice.
Do you live within 40 miles of a VA hospital or clinic?

Use our VetsHQ Choice Locator to help determine if you may be eligible to receive health care outside of the VA system. Click here to locate your nearest VA facility.

Gulf War Exposures

Gulf War Illness & Exposures

Our comprehensive section on Gulf War Illness, including:
• Associated diseases and conditions
• What were you exposed to during active duty?
• What the VA says about particulate matter
• Downloadable reports on Gulf War and Health
• The latest news and information on Gulf War illness


Agent Orange herbicide exposure

Agent Orange and Herbicides

Our new, comprehensive section on herbicide exposure for Vietnam-era veterans.
• What you need to know about benefits
• Associated conditions and diseases
• Blue water, brown water, C-123 veterans
• Lists of ships, herbicide testing and storage sites


Burn pit exposure

Burn Pit Exposure

VetsHQ’s new, comprehensive section on burn pit exposure for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
• What you need to know about benefits
• Associated conditions and diseases
• Download research, studies and fact sheets
• Locations where burn pits were operated


Fort McClellan

Fort McClellan Health Effects

Our new, comprehensive section for veterans and their families about exposures at the Alabama post.
• What the VA says about Fort McClellan
Timeline: Fort McClellan’s Toxic Cocktail
• Downloadable fact sheets, resources, information and more



Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Our new, comprehensive section for Marine veterans and their families about toxic water at the N.C. base.
• Facts about Camp Lejeune
• Timeline of ground water contamination
• What the VA says about Camp Lejeune, and more



Veterans and benefits

Veterans and Benefits

Check this section for information about what you need for veterans benefits and how VetsHQ can help:
• 3 elements needed for a service connection
• The 5 pathways to determine a service connection
• Health care enrollment for combat veterans
• Do you know your benefits eligibility?



VA to establish Camp Lejeune presumptive conditions

In a huge victory for Camp Lejeune veterans and their families, the VA announced it will begin the process of establishing presumptive service connections for certain diseases caused by exposure to toxic groundwater over a 30-year period at the base. The VA said it is reviewing kidney cancer, angiosarcoma of the liver, and acute myelogenous leukemia for “potential presumptive service connection.” Read More

Camp Lejeune presumptive

  • October 9 Veterans News
    October 9 Veterans News

    University of Phoenix barred from recruiting on military bases (The Wall Street Journal) The Department of Defense on Thursday placed the University of Phoenix system on probation, barring the for-profit school giant from recruiting on military bases and preventing...

  • October 8 Veterans News
    October 8 Veterans News

    McDonald rejects VA’s failing grade audit (The Washington Times) VA Secretary Robert McDonald disputed an audit’s conclusions that his department needs a “systemwide reworking,” saying Wednesday that he’s already fixed many of the problems and what he really needs...

  • October 7 Veterans News
    October 7 Veterans News

    Commentary: A new beginning for the VA (The Hill) By Pete Hegseth, Concerned Veterans for America: “When will we get good news out of the Department of Veterans Affairs? Last month we learned as many as 307,000 veterans died before their applications for...


The Dollar Value of Your Benefits:
Your Need-to-Know Calculators

Disability payments COLA calculator

How much will your disability pay increase for cost-of-living in 2016?

The House of Representatives has passed a 1.7 percent increase for veterans disability payments. While it’s not final, you can use our calculator to determine how much your total net income would be with this adjustment.


Military retirement pay

What if VA benefits were deducted from your military retirement pay?

The Congressional Budget Office says it’s an option to lower the military retirement annuity by the amount you receive in VA disability payments. How much would you lose?


veterans disability payments

What if the government taxed your disability benefits as income?

It hasn’t happened, but a Congressional Budget Office report says it’s an option open to Congress. Use our calculator to estimate how much less you’d have in net income.


VetsHQ simplifies veterans benefits for you
by condensing the complex.


Pages of Federal and Department of Veterans Affairs rules and regulations

Potential proof documents the veteran may be required to submit by the VA

The total number of forms that could be potentially filled out by the veteran

Simple, completely accessible VetsHQ questionnaire that takes just 10 minutes to complete

Veterans Benefits Assessment

VetsHQ provides clear guidance about the benefits every veteran may be entitled to receive. VetsHQ cuts through jargon, conflicting instructions, and requirements that can make anyone dizzy. Using a dynamic questionnaire, VetsHQ walks the veteran through the veterans benefits claims assessment process.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3.



Register now for your free basic VetsHQ membership

Get your initial benefits eligibility determination, use our forums and social networking, and complete your career portfolio. You can become a premium member for just $2.99 a month or $19.99 a year. Read more


Give the gift of a VetsHQ membership to a veteran.


Like VetsHQ? Tell a friend. Or two.


Welcome to VetsHQ, an online community for America’s servicemen and women. VetsHQ provides a variety of services to help meet your individual needs.  Here, you will find information from experts and your fellow veterans about employment opportunities, retirement planning, how to work with the Veterans Administration, benefits available to veterans, and much more.  VetsHQ’s Claims Management Services Center will help you identify what benefits you might qualify for and give you free access to the information you will need in order to prepare and file your claim for benefits with the VA.  Based on your answers to a short questionnaire, VetsHQ will generate a tailored list of benefits for which you may qualify.  Should you decide to file a claim, VetsHQ will provide links to the necessary forms, which you can fill out and submit, either electronically or by mail.  It is important to understand that you are responsible for preparing and filing your own claims for benefits. But VetsHQ will give you the tools you need to take the next step and will identify accredited organizations that provide free legal services should you require additional, individualized assistance.