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VA Encourages Staff to Use SOAR

The Department of Veterans Affairs encourages Veteran Health Administration (VHA) employees to utilize the SOAR model when assisting Veterans to apply for SSI/SSDI.

VA Encourages the Use of SOAR

The VA released a memo in February 2022 "to further clarify that in support of applications made through SOAR, Veterans Affairs (VA) employees may act as an advocate, sign application documents, and act as the Veteran’s authorized representative." The memo notes that SSI/SDI benefits can help to end homelessness among Veterans, and that VHA personnel working in homeless programs can assist by becoming trained in SOAR and using the model to help Veterans through the application process.



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VA February 2022 Memo 77.61 KB