Have you heard about a retired veteran's program called Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)? If you haven't, don't worry, you are not alone. If you are familiar with CRSC, it's likely you're still not sure if you qualify or how retired veterans can apply for this benefit. To shed light on the program, the Army CRSC office at Fort Knox, Kentucky offers the following helpful tips and information. Potential applicants should understand that CRSC is a Department of Defense (DOD) program,
If you served honorably on active duty, the Guard, Reserve, or as a DOD federal employee from Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991, you are authorized the Cold War Recognition Certificate [as per section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act]. There is the only official site on which to request Cold War Recognition Certificates, which is operated by the United States Army (the executive agency for the Cold War Recognition Program). Here's how to obtain your copy free:
If you are travelling and taking advantage of free Wi-Fi hotspots, double check before connecting your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Scammers use fake Wi-Fi hotspots to steal personal information and/or gain access to your device. How the scam works • You are at a coffee shop, airport, hotel lobby or other public place and you want to connect to the Wi-Fi. You search for connections and find one nearby. It may be labeled something generic like "Free Public Wi-Fi." This may look harmless, but don't connect. It is really a scam!
Note: St Cloud VA is getting several reports of people claiming to be Health Net representatives calling veterans at home and offering to conduct all of their health care in the community. "Just give me your social security number and we will schedule all of your care through Choice." It sounds like a call center in the background of the calls. We have had some veterans report that they were asked for credit card numbers too. The callers do not seem to know the veteran's medical history.
What is a Veterans Identification Card or Proof of Service Card and how do you get one?
Many appraisers are reluctant to work with Veterans Affairs as pressure mounts due to regulatory burdens, according to the National Association of Realtors' 2016 Veterans and Active Military Home Buyers and Sellers Profile. Michelle Bradley, a state-certified general real property appraiser and immediate past chair of NAR's Real Property Valuation Committee, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.
Some companies attempt to convince people to hand over some of their monthly pension payments in exchange for a short-term loan. Exchanging future pension benefits for quick cash now might seem enticing, but can be a very expensive way to borrow money and result in low monthly pension payments for years to come. How the scheme works
The Credit for Military Service in a Combat Zone for service in 2013 will expire for most qualifying service members on Oct. 16. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding Minnesota service members to take advantage of the refundable tax credit before it expires. The 2013 credit is worth $120 per month, or partial month served. The department recently sent letters explaining how to claim the credit to over 1,500 service members who may qualify. Service members have already claimed more than $1 million in refunds for the 2013 credit, with an average refund of $620.
A flu shot is an important part of staying healthy during the flu season, and this year veterans served by the St. Cloud VA Health Care System have multiple options to get a flu shot. During flu season, flu shots are available as part of any scheduled VA appointment. Just ask the nurse or doctor at your next appointment. In October, numerous walk-in clinics are available at local VA facilities: St. Cloud VA Medical Center • Oct. 3: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in Bldg. 96 • Oct. 4 and 5: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Bldg. 96
Approximately 46 million Americans experience some form of communication disorder. Communication disorders can compromise physical and emotional health and affect the social, educational, vocational and recreational aspects of life. Hearing loss, loss of speech and other communication disorders can lead to feelings of isolation and a lack of connection with family, friends and community.