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Soldiers who fight for their country can’t be fully repaid for their sacrifice and service. But the US Department of Veterans Affairs does offer programs that attempt to do just that. The Veterans Affairs Director works at the state or county level, making sure veterans and their families have access to the benefits they’re entitled to.
Because the Department of Veterans Affairs is a governmental agency, you may not be surprised to learn that there’s a lot of paperwork involved in almost all aspects of the Veteran Affairs Director’s job. Veterans come to your office to fill out paperwork asking for benefits. For example, they may need medical attention, loans for education, or loans for homes.
Your job as Veterans Affairs Director is to review all of the applications and check that they’re filled out properly. You administer the funds yourself, making sure the proper amount is devoted to each and every request. If it looks like your office is running out of money, you notify your Supervisor immediately.
Some families come to your office and ask for help to pay for burials for fallen soldiers. You provide this assistance and sign the families up for survivor benefits. These are sad meetings, to be sure, but you handle yourself with dignity and professionalism in front of these family members. You may not be able to stop yourself from hugging people, though.
You also go to conferences and seminars to learn about new programs that can benefit the veterans you serve. In addition, you attend meetings and speak up on their behalf. Occasionally, you develop programs in your office to help veterans kick alcohol or drug habits.