Accredited Benefits Counseling Services ensure that Veterans and their families take full advantage of the government-provided benefits available. Counseling services range from filing applications for federal disability compensation, pensions, education benefits and insurance to enrollment in VA Healthcare.
This type of counseling also includes accessing state level benefits like education and targeted annuity programs, and making referrals to state agencies that provide veteran-targeted programs in areas such as employment, homeownership, property tax exemption, motor vehicle registration, substance abuse services and mental health resources.
Counselors must be accredited by the VA as Veterans benefit counselors to do this work properly. Services will be provided through partnership agreements between the VOC of WNY and federal, state or local government agencies, or with accredited representatives of Veteran Service Organizations (VSO).