Military Programs and Benefits
Get info about military benefits like health care, housing, and education. Discover programs that help with military life, like job search help for spouses and dealing with deployments. Access free family counseling. Get tax filing help geared for the military.
Military members and veterans have access to valuable benefits. Some are for families too.
Military Assistance Programs for Veterans, Service Members, and Families
If you're a service member, veteran, or spouse, you’re not alone. The military and federal agencies have resources to help you manage life. Use these tools to get help with finances, health care, jobs, moving, and other challenges.
Manage Your Benefits and Records with milConnect
If you're a military member or a veteran, you can manage many of your benefits and records in one place. MilConnect, a self-service portal, lets you:
National Resource Directory for Service Members and Veterans
The National Resource Directory connects the military and veterans with local support. Find military assistance resources for:
Financial Assistance for Service Members and Veterans
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) helps military families and veterans with financial issues including:
Military OneSource offers help with all aspects of military life. Counseling for service members and families is free and confidential.
Find information and resources in areas such as:
You can also call Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit their contact page to learn how to call from outside the U.S. or from your computer.
Military Tax Guidance and Tax Preparation Help
Get ready to file your federal income taxes as a service member, veteran, or family member.
Tax Preparation Help
Tax Benefits for Military, Dependents, Veterans
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers tax information for military, retirees, and veterans. It covers tax benefits and tax handling for various situations and groups. These include:
A combat pay exclusion for active military
Disability pay benefits for veterans
Death benefits for survivors of military members
State and Federal Benefits for Military Families
If you receive military or veterans benefits, you may also qualify for other state and federal benefits. This includes Social Security, unemployment benefits, health insurance coverage, welfare, and food assistance.
- Welfare and food assistance - Military and veteran families with a low income can get help with food costs from a wide range of nutrition programs. This includes Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) benefits, or “food stamps.” Learn how to apply for SNAP benefits. You may also qualify for welfare or temporary assistance for needy families (TANF). This can give you help with housing, home energy, child care, job training, and more.
- Health benefits - Members of the military and their families receive a wide range of health coverage through TRICARE health plans. If you have a low income, you may also qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Once you turn 65 or older, or meet other requirements, you can sign up for Medicare. Get information on how to use Medicare and TRICARE together.
- Social Security - You can qualify for both Social Security benefits and military retirement. You’ll receive your full Social Security benefits based on your earnings. To get your benefits, you must earn credits by working and paying Social Security taxes. Learn more about Social Security and how it works.
- Unemployment benefits - If you recently left the military, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation for ex-service members (UCX). You may also qualify for your state’s unemployment insurance program. These programs pay money to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own. Find out how to apply for unemployment benefits.
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Last Updated: September 9, 2019