Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in partnership with the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, launched two new resources to support our nation’s non-citizen service members, veterans, and their families. As part of its Immigrant Military Members and Veterans (IMMVI) initiative, DHS will host a one-stop online center to consolidate relevant federal resources. As part of the resource center, DHS has also created a portal for veterans who need help applying to return to the United States or access any VA benefits they may be entitled to.
“These new resources are just the first step in helping support non-citizen service members and their families who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country,” Secretary Mayorkas said. “We are committed to identifying previously discharged veterans to ensure they are able to obtain VA benefits, access COVID-19 vaccines, and return to the United States, if appropriate.”
“Veterans are eligible for VA benefits based on their service to our country and never on their immigration status,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said. “We are proud to work with our partners at DHS and DoD to honor the service of immigrant and non-citizen veterans by ensuring they have access to information about the care and services available to them.”
New one-stop resource center consolidate resources and forms from DHS, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and other agencies so that non-citizen service members, veterans, and their families can easily find forms and the necessary resources.
The new portal on the DHS website will provide previously discharged veterans a quick and easy way to contact the Department for assistance with any questions or concerns they may have when seeking assistance with return to the United States or access their VA benefits.
To date, the initiative has helped dozens of veterans access the U.S. immigration system and their VA benefits, and several people have been able to return to U.S. DHS offices and agencies continue to actively review policies. for those with a military association to determine how best to meet the commitments made in this initiative.