Knox County Tennessee

VA Benefits

Service Connected Disability Compensation
VA pays monthly compensation to Veterans for disabilities incurred or aggravated during active military service. This benefit is not subject to federal or state income tax. In some cases, military retirement pay is reduced by any VA compensation received.

3 Requirements needed to establish Service Connection
1-Inservice documentation of injury, disability or disease
2-A current disability with a medical diagnosis
3-A medical nexus connecting #1 and #2

Improved Pension Program

This income-based benefit is paid to Veterans with honorable war-time services, who are permanently and totally disabled due to nonservice-connected disabilities or who are 65 or older.  Surviving Spouses of Veterans who had war time service may also be eligible. For more information see the VA website at

War Time Periods:

World War II-December 7, 1941 through December 31, 1946
Korean War-June 27, 1950 through January 31, 1955
Vietnam War-August 5, 1964 (February 28, 1961 for Veterans who served “in country” before August 5, 1964) through May 7, 1975
Gulf War-August 2, 1990 through a date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law

Medical Benefits

If you served in the active military, naval or air service and are separated under any condition other than dishonorable, you may qualify for health care benefits. Also, current and former members of the Reserves or National Guard who were called to active duty (other than for training only) by a federal order and completed the full period for which they were called or ordered to active duty may be eligible for VA health care. 

The VA provides a full range of medically necessary services.  Some of these services include:

The VA determines eligibility for the comprehensive medical benefits package through a patient enrollment system, which is based on Priority Groups 1 through 8. Eligibility for VA health benefits is based on each Veteran’s unique eligibility factors.

Educational Benefits

Home Loan

Veterans with qualifying service are eligible for VA home loan services including guaranteed loans for the purchase of a home, manufactured home, manufactured home and lot, certain types of condominiums, or to build, repair, and improve homes. Certain disabled Veterans can receive grants to have their homes specially adapted to their needs.

Life Insurance

VA insurance programs were developed to provide insurance benefits for veterans and service members who may not be able to get insurance from private companies because of the extra risks involved in military service, or a service connected disability.

Veterans Group Life Insurance

Allows Service members to convert their SGLI coverage to renewable term insurance.  Members with full-time SGLI coverage are eligible for VGLI upon release from service.

Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI)

Designed to meet the insurance needs of Veterans with service-connected disabilities. S-DVI is available in a variety of permanent plans as well as term insurance. Policies are issued for a maximum face amount of $10,000.

You can apply for S-DVI if you meet the following 4 criteria:

  1. You were released from active duty under other than dishonorable conditions on or after April 25, 1951.
  2. You were rated for a service-connected disability.
  3. You are in good health except for any service-connected conditions.
  4. You apply within 2 years from the date VA grants your new service-connected disability.

Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)

This program provides mortgage life insurance to severely disabled veterans. To be eligible, a veteran must have received a Specially Adapted Housing Grant from VA.

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Veterans Services

Knox Central Building
(Sears Building)
1000 North Central Street
Box 6
Knoxville, TN 37917

Phone: 865-215-5645
Fax: 865-215-5677

Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
(Appointment Required)
Department Email
Veterans Crisis Line

Press 1 or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

Veterans Crisis Line

2021 Online Edition-Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces may be eligible for a broad range of benefits and services provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. These benefits are codified in Title 38 of the United States Code. This booklet contains a summary of these benefits.

Veterans and Spouses can now pre-register for burial in the Tennessee State Veterans Cemeteries.

Click on the registration link below.