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Services for Veterans 

This page holds links and information regarding

services and benefits for veterans and their families.

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides comprehensive dental care to Veterans who meet eligibility standards; however, the benefit is not available to many Veterans. VA would like all Veterans and beneficiaries to have access to good oral health. Good oral health is more than just a nice smile or ability to chew favorite foods it impacts a person’s overall health throughout his or her life.

VA’s Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) offers enrolled Veterans and beneficiaries of VA’s Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA) the opportunity to purchase dental insurance at a reduced cost. VA is offering this service through Delta Dental and MetLife.
VADIP is a three-year, national pilot program to assess the feasibility and advisability of providing a premium-based dental insurance plan to eligible individuals. The program is mandated by Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.
Eligibility for VADIP Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program and CHAMPVA program beneficiaries are eligible to participate in VADIP.
Participation in VADIP will not affect Veterans’ eligibility for VA dental services and treatment. Dependents of Veterans, except those eligible under CHAMPVA, are not eligible for VADIP; however, separate coverage options may be offered dependents by the insurance carrier.
Dental Plan Information VA has contracted with Delta Dental and MetLife, private insurers, to administer the dental insurance program.
More Information: http://www.va.gov/healthBenefits/vadip/  - Post Service Officer Ruth Aresvik


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VA Loan Information


SPAN - Suicide Prevention Action Network Idaho

Our Vision and Mission Statements:

Our vision is that Idahoans choose to live. Our mission is to reduce suicide in Idaho through statewide advocacy, collaboration and education in best practices.

Idaho Suicide Facts and Stats

  • In 2012 Idaho had the 8th highest suicide rate in the nation, 44% higher than the national average.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in Idaho.
  • In 2013, 308 Idahoans completed suicide.
  • In 2013, 65% of Idaho suicides involved a firearm. 
  • Between 2009 and 2013, 79% of suicides in Idaho were by men.
  • 15.8% of Idaho youth attending regular public and charter high schools reported seriously considering suicide in 2013. 7.0% reported making at least one attempt.
  • One million people die by suicide each year worldwide.

Follow this link for more information: http://www.spanidaho.org/





Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview


Post traumatic Stress Disorder can occur following a life-threatening event like military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people have stress reactions that don't go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. These individuals may develop PTSD.

People who suffer from PTSD often suffer from nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling emotionally numb. These symptoms can significantly impair a person's daily life.

 PTSD is marked by clear physical and psychological symptoms. It often has symptoms like depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other physical and mental health problems. The disorder is also associated with difficulties in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.If you are suffering from PTSD, or know someone who is, the following list of resources and information will help you find help in dealing with PTSD and related conditions.  

Featured PTSD News

Center for Psychological Health and TBI Opens

The Department of Defense announced the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. More

PTSD Discussion Forum
PTSD Resources.org
What You Need to Know About PTSD
Readjustment Counseling Resources
Military Severly Injured Center Articles
Military OneSource


Nursing Home Update

All states have a Nursing Facility Medicaid program that provides general health coverage plus coverage for nursing home services. These services include room and board, nursing care, personal care and therapy services.

Nursing Facility Medicaid may pay for a stay in a nursing home if you need a “nursing-home level of care” or meet nursing home “functional eligibility criteria; and have income and assets below certain guidelines.

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To see where we are in the process of locating a Veterans' Home in Noeth Idaho, follow the link below.


Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them.

Board of Veteran's Appeals http://www.bva.va.gov/

Center for Minority Veterans http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

Center for Women Veterans http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/

Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03 http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=view


Disability Examination Worksheets Index, http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm

Geriatrics and Extended Care http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/

Hearings http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch04.doc

Veterans Legal and Benefits Information http://valaw.org/

Online version http://www1.va.gov/OPA/vadocs/current_benefits.asp

VA War-Related Illness and Injury Center http://www.va.gov/WRIICSC-DC

Homeless Veterans http://www.va.gov/homeless

VA National HIV/AIDS Program http://www.hiv.va.gov

VA Public Health Smoking Cessation Program http://www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking


VA Mental Health http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov

National Cemetery Administration (Burial and Memorials) http://www.cem.va.gov 


Center for Women Veterans and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 


National Foundation for Women Legislations (www.womenlegislators.org)

 Vietnam Women Veterans - Almost ten thousand women were there.


For a list of not only the women who gave their lives in Vietnam but the start of a complete women's casualty list see: They Gave Their Lives

Salon.com has featured an interesting story about female Vietnam Veterans, entitled "Unarmed and Under Fire: An Oral History of Female Vietnam Vets."
Women in Vietnam 

The Vietnam Women's Memorial Project's new website is at: 



Women Combat Vets Battle for Acceptance