VETERAN AFFAIRS

At Brother General President Everett B. Ward's 2017 Inauguration, he expressed the Urgency of NOW followed by Alpha Advocacy and Action.

He also stated that “I envisioned the Fraternity serving as a supportive Brotherhood that, through its organizational structure, celebrates its members by providing a forum for professional, personal, healthy and spiritual development.” To that end, the establishment of a special committee on Veterans Affairs was created.

The Mission of the Committee is to provide leadership and support that will improve the lives of Alpha Veterans through the promotion of comprehensive resources that empower veterans with tools to easily identify and reach those resources.

The Functions and Duties of this Committee:

* to advise veterans on issues of importance to veterans and their dependents based on input from the veteran community;

* to provide a source of liaison and communication with various groups relative to veterans issues;

* to provide information about state and federal benefits you are entitled to receive and how to claim them, care for your health, buy a home, and live out your years with dignity and respect, and

* to promote involvement in veteran’s related events and functions within the fraternity and community

Resources provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a variety of benefits and services to Service Members, Veterans, and their families. Below are some of our major program offices within VBA.

Burial in a VA National Cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces and Veterans who have met minimum active duty service requirements, as applicable, and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. Members of the reserve components of the armed forces who die while on active duty or who die while on training duty under certain circumstances are also eligible for burial, as are service members and former service members who were eligible for retired pay at the time of their death.

A Veteran’s spouse, widow or widower, minor children, and, under certain conditions, unmarried adult children with disabilities, may also be eligible for burial. Eligible spouses and children may be buried even if they predecease the Veteran.

VA provides the gravesite, grave liner, opening and closing of the grave, government headstone or marker, U.S. burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate and perpetual care of the gravesite at no cost to the family.

VA operates 136 national cemeteries and 33 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 40 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA’s national cemeteries. VA also provides funding to establish, expand, improve and maintain 110 Veterans cemeteries in 48 states and territories including tribal trust lands, Guam, and Saipan. For Veterans not buried in a VA national cemetery, VA provides headstones, markers or medallions to commemorate their service. In 2017, VA honored more than 361,892 Veterans and their loved ones with memorial benefits in national, state, tribal and private cemeteries.

Information on VA burial benefits is available from local VA national cemetery offices, from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any open VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,243 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,062 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program.

Click here to view the Veterans Health Administration’s website for more information.

The Center for Minority Veterans (CMV) was established by Public Law 103-446, in 1994.  Title 38, United States Code (USC), Section 317 reflects the current responsibilities of the CMV.  The Center Director serves as principal advisor to the Secretary on the adoption and implementation of policies and programs affecting minority Veterans.  CMV serves as an advocate for minority Veterans by conducting outreach activities to promote the awareness and use of VA benefits and services.

The Center for Minority Veterans is the Department of Veterans Affairs model for inter-and intra-agency co-operation, to ensure all veterans receive equal service regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender.

Click here to visit the Center for Minority Veterans website to view more information.

The Office of Data Governance and Analytics serve as the authoritative clearinghouse for VA to collect, validate, analyze, and disseminate key statistics on Veteran population and VA programs to support planning, analysis, and decision-making activities. For more information on reports, surveys, or statistics regarding the Veteran population, check our website at http://www.va.gov/vetdata/.

View the Most Recent Report

Resources provided by the Veterans Legal Institute

Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled and low income current and former service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency.

Click here to view the Veterans Legal Insitute’s website for more information on the services they provide.

Resources provided by the National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal Government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.

Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

Click here to view the National Archives and Records Administration’s website to view more information.