Benefits available to veterans and families

Carter County Veterans Affairs Officer Randy Lingerfelt said recently that veterans and their families are entitled to a range of federal benefits that are not widely publicized.
   "There are a lot of benefits veterans never take advantage of just because they don't know what's available," Lingerfelt said. "There are also benefits available to the veterans' families."
   The range of benefits runs the gamut from educational subsidies to home loan guarantees to burial benefits, Lingerfelt says. Health and life insurance, disability compensation, and vocational and employment assistance are some of the other benefits offered to veterans.
   In addition to assistance available directly to veterans, family members of disabled or deceased veterans may also apply for similar benefits.
   For more information about benefits, call Randy Lingerfelt at the Carter County VA office: (423) 542-1824.