VA’s VAntage Point blog has the latest information on hurricane impact to VA facilities and services. For those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, click here. For information on Hurricane Irma, click here.
For additional information on disaster assistance available to Veterans, download the VA Disaster Assistance brochure (PDF file)
VA’s Veterans Benefits Administration has mechanisms to help Veterans receive their benefit payments if their normal mail cannot be delivered:
Veterans can sign up for direct deposit on eBenefits. Veterans can call 1-800-827-1000 to sign up for direct deposit. The Direct Express Cardless Benefit Access program is offering beneficiaries who use Direct Express and reside in the affected area the option to obtain cash without their card, up to $1,000. The service is being offered free of charge; however, due to system limitations, a fee will be charged and then refunded to the beneficiary. The beneficiary will be asked to go to a MoneyGram store to retrieve the funds. If the beneficiary is unable to locate a MoneyGram store in operation in his/her area, the funds will be placed back on the Direct Express card. MoneyGram agents will require ID before releasing funds. They will accept a passport, driver’s license, military identification card, social security card and/or state identification card. The beneficiary must also have a MoneyGram reference number (provided by the Direct Express Call Center). Contact the Direct Express Call Center toll-free number, 1-888-741-1115, and offer to transfer the caller. Callers must choose the “Direct Express Cardless Benefit Access” option on the IVR.