Members of the guard and reserve components who have served honorably for at least 20 years are now recognized as veterans. On Friday, Dec.16, President Obama signed the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 into law. The legislation included a bipartisan Walz provision to extend the legal definition of "veteran" to guard and reserve members who served as least 20 years but have not been called up for federal active duty.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulation on copayments for veterans' outpatient medications for non-service connected conditions. VA currently charges non-exempt veterans either $8 or $9 for each 30-day or less supply of outpatient medication, and under current regulations, a calculation based on the medication of the Medical Consumer Price Index (CPI-P) would be used to determine the copayment amount in future years.
Do you find yourself constantly increasing the volume on the TV? While eating in a noisy restaurant, do you struggle to keep up with your dining companions' conversations? Lately, does everyone seem to be mumbling? If your answer is "yes" to any of these questions, chances are, you need a hearing aid. More than 37 million American adults have some trouble hearing. Men are more likely than women to be affected, according to the National Institutes of Health. And veterans are 30 percent more likely to have severe hearing loss than those who haven't served,
Monthly VA compensation, pension, social security and supplemental security income (SSI) benefits for Americans will increase 0.3 percent in 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration announced.
When was the last time you logged on to myPay? Some retirees only use myPay once a year to get their 1099-R during tax season. Then they try to access their account and discover that their password is expired, lost or forgotten. If you are in this category, be proactive this year to avoid delays with getting your tax forms.
A service member's military retired pay can be a valuable asset in a divorce, legal separation or dissolution of marriage. In 1982 Congress passed the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act, which allows state courts to treat disposable retired pay either as property solely of the member, or as property of the member and his spouse in accordance with the laws of the state court. Contrary to popular belief, there is no "magic formula" contained in the act to determine the appropriate division of retired pay.
Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA audiology and optometry clinics without a primary care referral a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets veterans into appointments quicker.
TRICARE beneficiaries with special needs or a serious illness or injury have several resources available for help. Your care is best coordinated through your regional contractor. TRICARE rules require that if the care you need is available at a military hospital or clinic near you, and there is space available, you will be referred there first. However, if the care you need is not available, you will be referred to a network provider near you. It is important to call and remain in contact with your regional contractor. Your regional contractor will have the most current list of providers.
The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants for 2016. Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO's include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.
A grave marker medallion, for veterans who died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, is furnished upon receipt of claim for affixing to an existing privately-purchased headstone or marker placed at the gravesite of an eligible deceased veteran who is buried in a private cemetery. The medallion is made of bronze and available in three sizes: large, medium and small. Each medallion is inscribed with the word veteran across the top and the branch of service at the bottom. Eligible veterans may receive a government-furnished headstone or marker or a medallion, but not both.