Preparing For Deployment

In addition to looking at the “VA on Deployment” page to see what the VA can do to help you, there are more federal, state, local government and community resources, available.  You can find many local resources, anywhere in the  country for help with any of the 80+ on our home page, covering you and your family.  When you enter your zip code you’ll find local services – many of them are either free or low cost.

And don’t forget the outstanding support, for you and your family from Military One Source.  You are in a tradition of hundreds of years of deployments.  Don’t hesitate to take advantage of all that knowledge.


Know A Vet presents this information and these national resource directories, not as a recommendation of any specific service or provider, but as a starting point for your own research.

Please feel free to use the check sheets Before, During and After the Medical Appointment at Choosing a Medical Service Provider, at, to help you in your search for the best help for your individual circumstances.

In addition, there may be other federal, state and local government or private resources for your individual needs.  A VSO counselor  may be able to help you find them.

While we strongly urge you to take advantage of all you have earned through your service, we understand there are many reasons why you may prefer non-VA service providers. Here are some places to start:

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Learn more about what it feels like to live your best life. Go to our Self-Help Page to explore other issues that can bring you "All The Way Home".

Also, check out the Claims and Appeals topic to maximize compensation and benefits for yourself AND your loved ones.

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