Veterans Health Administration

Health, Dental, Pharmacy Coverage for Eligible Personnel

Community Provider Toolkit (VA)

VA National Center for PTSD

VA Vet Center Program

The Independence Fund

Honor Our Heroes Foundation

Semper Fi Fund for critically ill and injured of all services

‚ÄčMental and Physical Health Care (including PTSD)

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Veterans Health Administration
The Veterans Health Administration has over 1,700 sites of care serving 8.76 million Veterans each year. Eligibility for care is complex. See Beaufort County Veterans Affairs Office or our Service Officer, Art Ranta, for advice and help on how to take advantage of VA health care.

TRICARE Health Program
Health care program of the Department of Defense Military Health System. Tricare provides civilian health benefits for U.S Armed Forces military personnel, military retirees, and their dependents, including some members of the Reserve Component.

Vet Center Program
VA community-based centers that welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner in or near their own community.

The Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery.

Community Provider Toolkit
Information on VA services and resources, understanding military culture and experience, and tools for working with a variety of mental health conditions.

Honor Our Heroes Foundation
Honor our Heroes Foundation is a local organization that strives to provide life assistance to service members, veterans and their families through direct support and referral services.

VA National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. They work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.

The Independence Fund
Provides tools, therapies and guidance to those veterans severely injured in the Line of Duty who are otherwise not receiving it.

Maryville University
Maryville University provides strategies for understanding a Veteran with PTSD.

Disability and Pension Claims

Beaufort County Veterans Affairs Office
First point of contact for all Beaufort County veterans and associated individuals for all issues related to benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This is a non-VA, local governmental agency dedicated to assisting veterans in obtaining their rightful benefits under law.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
DAV National Service Officers (NSOs) assist veterans in filing claims with the VA, free of charge. Claim work is done at Hardees, 1450 Ribaut Road, Port Royal each Thursday morning from 7 AM - 10:30 AM.  Bring your DD-214 and any VA paperwork if you have filed a claim before.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Veterans Benefits Administration
Primary portal for all non-health/burial related services administered by VA. It is recommended that your post Service Officer, the Beaufort County VA or DAV be contacted first.

National Archives
Veterans Service Records

Request Your Military Service Records Online, by Mail, or by Fax (Includes DD 214/Separation Documents, Personnel Records, Replacement Medals, and/or Medical Records)

National Veterans Legal Services Project
NVLSP provides free legal support and representation for BVA appeals, IDES appeals, military sexual assault survivors, discharge upgrades, and more.  Compensated representation at the Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims with compensation from awards.


American Legion Post 205 has a Service Officer who, like virtually all post service officers, is not accredited with VA but can provide direction.  Our Service Officer is Art Ranta, 843-757-7918, email.


Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
National Cemetery Administration

VA benefits may be provided for burial in a National or private cemetery. Funeral directors will normally provide guidance and help for these benefits. Also see Beaufort County Veterans Affairs Office, our Service Officer, Art Ranta or click on the eagle to bring you to the National Cemetery Administration site for information.

U. S. Government Official Employment Site
USAJOBS connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world.

University of South Carolina Beaufort
Four-year accredited university with special programs for active duty military and veterans.

Technical College of the Lowcountry
Two-year technical college providing academic and technical programs leading to Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates with special programs for active duty military and veterans.

VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families
ONE80 Place, Charleston
The only Lowcountry facility providing full domiciliary, sustenance, and other services to homeless (or about to be) veterans and their families.

Operation R & R, Hilton Head
Dedicated to helping military families and Gold Star spouses and parents to deal with the problems of reintegration and post deployment stress by providing a complimentary weeks vacation at little or no cost.

There are multiple organizations in Beaufort County and elsewhere dedicated to assisting veterans.  The principle ones of interest to American Legion members are listed below. Click on the logo to get details.
Other Mental and Physical Health Resources

Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Start Your Recovery
The goal of Start Your Recovery is to offer people a single source of relatable, reliable information at any stage of their recovery journey.

Grace After Fire
To help women veterans help themselves by providing the means for women Veterans to gain self-knowledge and self-renewal.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
You love someone who served our country. Then tragedy hit. And now your loved one is gone. You are a survivor, a person trying to figure out what is next. We are here for you. You are not alone.

VA Caregiver Support
Caring for those who commit to care for those who have "borne the battle." There are several support and service options designed with the care-giver in mind.