Thousands of veterans miss out on great VA benefits and programs available to them because they either don’t know about them, or they just don’t apply for them. The state of Florida is determined to not let those veterans miss out on available opportunities. The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is actively contacting veterans to make them aware of their earned benefits.
The Florida State VA is searching through the state’s database of driver’s licenses and state IDs for those with veteran status attached to them. Florida Vets Connect is the program the Florida VA is using to locate tens of thousands of veterans living in Florida who are not taking advantage of available veteran benefits at both a state and federal level. The Florida VA will then contact those veterans directly. Of the approximately 1.6 million veterans in Florida, the program has allowed the state VA to contact almost 30,000 using only email.
Unfortunately the Florida state VA has no money to fund this program. Their goal is to locate both private donations or find state money to finance these notifications. It will cost at least $8,000 alone to mail notifications to those veterans without access to e-mail.
The Florida VA only has the ability to contact approximately 700,00 veterans due to lack of accurate contact information. Of those, many have not claimed their owed benefits, to include pensions. This is very obvious as over $22 billion worth of funds earmarked for veterans’ pensions are not claimed every year. Many of these veterans are unaware of the vast amount of benefits available to them. Florida is taking the responsibility of ensuring they are given this information.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.