The effort to get the VA to acknowledge those who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam were also exposed to Agent Orange has been one of the longest battles in the history of veterans' benefits. Unfortunately, for every small win achieved by veterans, other roadblocks appeared. This week, MOAA and other organizations challenged one of those roadblocks in court. An estimated 90,000 Vietnam veterans served off the coast of Vietnam. Though they never set foot on the landmass, they might have nonetheless been exposed to Agent Orange.
1. Any veteran who is service-connected for a disability for which he or she uses prosthetic or orthopedic appliances may receive an annual clothing allowance. 2. VA provides pensions to low-income surviving spouses and unmarried children of deceased veterans with wartime service. 3. A surviving spouse age 57 and older who remarries after Dec. 15, 2003, is entitled to continue to receive benefits.
A provision within the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Job Act designates the Sinai Peninsula as a hazardous duty area as of June 9, 2015. What does this mean? If you served in the Sinai Peninsula on or after June 9, 2015, you may be eligible for the Minnesota refundable credit for military service in a combat zone (Form M99). A hazardous duty area is treated as if it were a combat zone. The credit is $120 per full or partial month served.
In SEP, the court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) issued another major decision that is hugely beneficial to disabled veterans. This new decision allows veterans to more easily obtain higher ratings for injuries to the back, neck, and joints. Most veterans who have applied for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have been sent to something called a Compensation and Pension examination, or they are often called by the VA, "C&P exams." This is an examination orchestrated by the VA to assess the origin and extent of the veteran's disability.
When Daniel Sepulveda wakes up in the middle of the night shaking from another nightmare, a service dog from Southeastern Guide Dogs named Max is there to calm him and make him feel safe again. When he sleepwalks, Max's kisses awaken him.
The new Forever GI Bill signed into law by President Trump earlier this year has multiple provisions that will roll out in 2018. Among them are changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill for Purple Heart recipients, reservists and dependents all of which start in August. • Post-9/11 Purple Heart recipients will be eligible to receive 100 percent of GI Bill benefits regardless of how long they served. This includes coverage of tuition at a public school's in-state rate for 36 months, and books and housing stipends.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has, through a Federal Register notice, revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities. VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the veteran's other health insurance (OHI). Those costs may include hospital charges, professional fees and emergency transportation, such as ambulances.
National home improvement retailer Lowe's has expanded its everyday military discount program to include all honorably discharged veterans, as of May 2018. The chain also has expanded the 10 percent discount to Lowe's online shopping, which will include free parcel shipping. It will provide for faster checkout and add the ability to use the discount at self-checkout in stores, said Lowe's spokeswoman Karen Cobb.
VA announced that it will launch the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program, or "RAMP," with the goal of providing veterans with the earliest possible resolution of their disagreement with VA's decision on their benefit claims. RAMP will provide expanded opportunities for veterans to enter the new, more efficient claims review process outlined in the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which was signed into law by President Donald J. Trump on Aug. 23.
Project 112/SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) is the name of the program for both shipboard and land-based biological and chemical testing conducted by the U.S. military between 1962 — 1973. VA will provide physical examinations to veterans who participated in the testing. Veterans will receive medical care free of charge for conditions related to exposure.