The federal government does not advertise widely, except perhaps for military recruiting. Thus, very few people are aware of the large and varied benefits, services and valuable information available to the general public. Don’t feel reluctant to cash in on any benefit to which you might be entitled. The government encourages you to do so; these agencies are funded with part of your tax dollar. The value of the benefits listed in this report are worth many thousands of dollars but are free to you, and, of course, not available elsewhere.
EMPLOYMENT, JOB TRAINING & CAREERS.
If you are a member of a low income family, between the ages of 16 to 21, you can get on-the-job experience or funds to further your education. Write: Neighborhood Youth Corps, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC 20210. Adults over 21 in the poverty level get preferential consideration for government employment under “Operation Mainstream.”
Are you disabled or handicapped? Training and counseling services are available including payments for medical services and physical devices during rehabilitation. Contact: Rehabilitation Services, U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare, Washington, DC 20201.
For an aptitude test and a list of government jobs available in your area, contact your local U.S. Employment Service Office.
If you are interested in entering the field of agriculture, home economics, trade & Industry, you may be eligible for a scholarship. Write for a free list of grants and scholarships offered in vocational education. Contact the Office of Education, Department of Health, Education & Welfare, 330 Independence Ave. S.W, Washington, DC 20003.
Many benefits are waiting to be claimed by military veterans. Disabled veterans may be entitled to pensions, automobiles, prosthetic appliances, medical treatment for themselves and their dependants. Generally other benefits available to active, retired military personnel and their dependents are: death compensation, pensions, reimbursement of burial expenses, burial flag, burial in a national cemetery, headstone markers, education, job finding assistance, civil service employment preference, low interest loans for home and business purchases. Contact the nearest Veterans Administration for special details about your eligibility for any benefit.
Business capital or expansion loans will be considered by SBA at low interest rates and long term financing. Special consideration is given to responsible persons and prospective enterprises whose owners encounter difficulty obtaining financing through normal channels. Contact your nearest SBA office or write: Small Business Administration 1441 “L” St. NW, Washington, DC 20416. If you are a low income or disadvantaged person, you may qualify for an “Economic Opportunity Loan” from the same agency.
FINANCIAL HELP FOR FAMILIES
It’s provided by: Assistance payments Administration, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Washington, DC 20201. Outright grants or non-interest loans for low income families or senior citizens in rural areas to fix up their homes: Contact the nearest Farm Home Administration Office or the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
FOOD STAMPS. If you are in the poverty level group, have expenses for dependents or sick care you may be eligible for food stamps. Contact the Food Stamp division, Consumer & Marketing Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.
Find out more about social security benefits here.