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Frequently Asked Questions
To obtain a copy of DD214 you will need to fill out a Standard Form 180, which can be done online at www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.
No. Compensation and pension end upon the death of the Veteran. The surviving spouse must apply and qualify on her own merit for either Dependency and Indemnity Compensation or a Death Pension.
An ODVA Veterans Service Representative can help your spouse apply for these benefits.
Compensation is payment for a disability that started or was aggravated while the Veteran was on active duty. The amount payable depends on the degree of disability (10%, 20%, 30%,…) and the number of dependents. The Veteran's income and assets have no effect on the amount of compensation.
ODVA Veterans Service Representatives can help you file a claim for service connected compensation.
A non-service connected pension is payable to any Veteran who is permanently and totally disabled and who meets certain income and asset limits set by congress. The Veteran must have served a minimum of 90 days active duty of which at least one day is during a wartime period. Income, unreimbursed medical expenses and the number of dependents could affect eligibility and the amount of the pension.
The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has Veterans Service Representatives available to assist Veterans with issues such as:
- Preparation of forms
- Submission of applications
- Answering letters from VA
- Providing follow-up on claims for benefits from VA
- Representation before the Board of Veterans Appeals
You may eligible for one or more of the following VA Benefits:
- Disability compensation for disabilities and medical conditions that are service related.
- Disability pension for non-service related disabilities
- Education assistance programs
- Work-study allowance
- Vocational rehabilitation and counseling
- Home loan benefits
- Burial Benefits
- Burial in a VA National or State Cemetery
- Employment assistance and
- Survivors’ benefits programs
Contact our Claims and Benefits Division for more information - 888-655-2838
The 3 ID cards that can currently be used to verify veterans status are:
- Military Retirement ID card,
- 100% service-connected ID card, and
- VA Medical ID card.
However, veterans who are residents of Oklahoma can have "Veteran" stamped in the upper left-hand corner of their Oklahoma drivers license. You will need to present your DD214 when renewing your license. Most businesses accept this as a confirmation of veteran status.
A service-connected disability (SCD) rating of 60% or more, a non-service connected disability (NSCD) rating, or veterans who are receiving Social Security.
The individual must be an honorably-discharged veteran with a service-connected disability (SCD) of 100% or individual unemployability, or an un-remarried, surviving spouse of said veteran.
Veterans should call the ID Card location in advance and make sure to take all required documentation with them. The document below contains helpful information regarding ID locations and requirements:
They are entitled to the property tax exemption, if the veteran had a service-connected disability (SCD) of 100% or individual unemployability with no future exam at the time of death.
Un-remarried, surviving spouses are entitled to the reduced car tag if the veteran had a permanent and total rating of 50% or more service connected rating at the time of his/her death.
A veteran must either have a service-connected disability of 100% or an individual unemployability rating, with no future exams.
On the average, it takes 4-6 weeks.
Please contact the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) Claims & Benefits Division at 1-888-655-2838.
A Service-Connected Disability (SCD) rating of 50% or more is required with no future exam pending. Those with a future exam, will have to request a letter each year.
Oklahoma Veterans Centers (2)
An Oklahoma Veterans Center is a long-term skilled nursing care facility for Veterans that is operated by the state of Oklahoma and approved by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. Oklahoma Veterans Centers are inspected and licensed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Please contact the Admissions Division of the center in which you are interested and fill out the application for admission. Links to each center's contact information and application may be found on the Veterans Centers page.