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Veteran Services Program Descriptions

Education and Training

Education benefits are paid to eligible Veterans, dependents, reservists and service members while in an approved training program.  Such programs include the: Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9-11 GI Bill, Veterans Educational Assistance Program, Survivors Educational Assistance Program, Dependents Educational Assistance Program.

There are time limits associated with each program and there are other qualifications that must be met.  To take advantage of one of these programs, talk with an accredited Service Officer at the Veteran Services Office.  Please call for an appointment at 863-402-6623.

Burials

The Highlands County Veteran Services Office offers benefits and services to honor deceased Veterans including:  Headstones and Markers, Presidential Memorial Certificate, Burial Flag, Reimbursement for Burial Expenses, and Burial in a VA National Cemetery.  There is no time limit for claiming reimbursement of burial expenses for a memorial.  However, claims must be made within two years of the Veteran’s burial in order to qualify and receive other benefits and services.

Healthcare

The VA offers certain healthcare options for eligible Veterans including: hospital, outpatient medical, dental, pharmacy, and prosthetic services, domiciliary, nursing home, and community-based residential care, sexual trauma counseling, specialized care for women veterans, health and rehabilitation programs for homeless veterans, readjustment counseling, alcohol and drug dependency treatment, medical evaluation for military service exposure including Gulf War Gas, Agent Orange, radiation, and other environmental hazards.  The Highlands County Veteran Services Office can assist the Veteran and their family in obtaining these benefits.  Please call for an appointment, 863-402-6623.

Transportation

The Ridge Area Association of Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 49 provides free transportation to the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, Bradenton Community Based Outpatient Center, and the Fort Myers Community Based Outpatient Center.  The DAV Vans drive daily.  Requests for transportation should be made in advance.  The transportation service is for eligible Veterans who have VAMC scheduled appointments. For further information, please contact the volunteer desk at the Sebring VA Clinic between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., at 863-471-6227, extension 6697.  Please leave a detailed message and a volunteer will return your call.