The Benefits that Accompany a General Discharge

The transition from military life to civilian one can sometimes be challenging. If you’re a veteran who has just received a general discharge, you might be wondering what benefits are available to you. The good news is that if you’ve recently been granted a general discharge under honorable conditions, you’re eligible for many benefits offered through the VA. 

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Disability Compensation 

Depending on the severity of your disability, veterans who are given a general discharge can receive up to 100% compensation. You’ll be given a monthly payment, one that will be based on the number of dependents you have within your household. 


If healthcare coverage is of concern to you, you can breathe a sigh of relief. A general discharge entitles you to healthcare benefits through the VA. You’ll have access to primary care, mental health, substance abuse rehabilitation, OBGYN services, as well as geriatric and extended care. 

Home Loan Benefits 

One of the most significant parts of transitioning to civilian life is finding housing for you and your family. The VA is here to help you secure housing by covering a portion of your loan. Eligibility varies in service, so consult with the VA for more details. 

Employment & Job Training 

As you transition into your new life as a civilian, you might be wondering about where your career will be going next. You’re not alone in wondering about this, as it’s a concern for many veterans whose time in the service is coming to an end. The VA is here to help you make an informed decision that will impact your future through career counseling and training. Whether it’s preparing a resume or helping you choose the right career path, they’re here to help you. 

Altering Your Discharge Status 

If you feel like your discharge status was unfairly classified, and you should be entitled to better benefits, there are a number of processes that you can undertake to have it changed. It’s important to remember that this process varies on which state you live in and which branch you served under. And remember, if your first attempt is unsuccessful, you can always apply again. 

SRQ Vets 

For many of the veterans who call Sarasota home, adapting to civilian life can sometimes be challenging. If you’re in need of assistance or are just in need of support, SRQ Vets is here to help. We’re a non-profit organization devoted to those who served who call our community home. For more information about us and our services, visit us at

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