VetsFirst - United Spinal Assoc.

About VetsFirst

VetsFirst is a program of United Spinal Association that assists veterans and their eligible family members in obtaining the benefits they are entitled to, deserve and need.

Our Mission
VetsFirst leads the way in advocating for veterans living with disabilities and ensuring they achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life.

About VetsFirst
VetsFirst brings to bear seventy years of expertise in helping America’s veterans with disabilities, their spouses, dependents, survivors and other eligible family members receive health care, disability compensation, rehabilitation and other benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We supply direct representation, proactive legislative and regulatory advocacy, individual support and counseling services, guidance on education and employment, timely news and information and valuable self-help guides.

VetsFirst advocates nationally for all generations of veterans, including individuals living with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Our advocacy efforts go far beyond offering words of support and encouragement. We take this fight to Capitol Hill to bring attention to issues that matter most to the men and women who proudly served our country.

Core Beliefs

VetsFirst’s priorities are based on three core principles that will improve the lives of veterans with disabilities.

Core Principle—1: Community Integration and Independence

VetsFirst supports policies that help veterans with disabilities reintegrate into their communities and achieve independence. Disabled veterans must have access to employment and educational opportunities; affordable, accessible housing; and transportation options that allow them to live meaningful, productive lives.

Accessible Housing:

Veterans with disabilities need increased access to home modifications. To create new access for veterans who have limited benefits available through VA, we support legislation that would provide grants to nonprofits to help veterans with housing adaptations. We also support legislation that would provide tax credits to help with housing modifications. For veterans who are eligible for VA’s Special Adapted Housing program, we support streamlined program guidelines that help ensure that veterans, particularly those with terminal illnesses, are able to receive benefits in a timely manner.


Veterans who have acquired disabilities due to their military service need to know how to address barriers in returning to work or seeking education opportunities.

Ask VetsFirst

Ask VetsFirst is a free support service for Veterans and their family members. You can find Knowledge Books on a wide range of veterans issues and topics. You can also submit a request and have one of our counselors answer your questions.

If you have questions regarding your Veterans Benefits or benefits that your family members may be entitled to, VetsFirst can help you.

Please browse the extensive VetsFirst Knowledgebooks below for answers to your questions. If you are unable to find an answer you can submit your question directly to a VetsFirst counselor. Click here to Ask VetsFirst.

Advocacy Action Center

VetsFirst, a program of United Spinal Association is actively involved in advocating for laws and regulations that are beneficial to paralyzed veterans and all veterans with disabilities. Our core beliefs speak for themselves. You need only add your voice to help make these beliefs a reality.

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