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.
On July 12, 1973, approximately 16-18 million Official Military Personnel Files were destroyed when a fire ripped through the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. More than 40 years later, staff at the NPRC still are attempting to piece together those records. Kevin Pratt, NPRC's assistant director for Military Records, told American Legion Department Service Officers School attendees that teams at the facilities are reconstructing 2,000-3,000 records per week.
Bob McDonald, who served as Veterans Affairs secretary from 2014 through January 2017, said connecting with others and not limiting yourself will help service members transition from the military to civilian life. McDonald, an Army veteran, was recently named chairman of the board of directors for RallyPoint, an online network for those in the military community. The former VA secretary said he joined RallyPoint as a way to stay involved in the veteran space. Army Times spoke with McDonald on Oct.
If you receive Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) and have the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), you will see a change in your net pay and statements starting in April of 2018. Beginning with the SBP premiums due in April of 2018, DFAS will start deducting SBP premiums from CRSC when retired pay is not sufficient to cover the full amount of the premiums. This new deduction is due to a change in the law which requires DFAS to deduct SBP premiums from CRSC. This change affects retirees who receive CRSC and currently pay SBP premiums via direct remittance.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has established a presumption of service connection for eight conditions associated with exposure to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune, N.C. These conditions were determined after a review of scientific and medical literature on health effects related to the contaminants of concern at Camp Lejeune.
As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) continued efforts to improve timeliness of services for veterans and their families, VA unveiled the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) initiative, a disability claims submission option with accredited Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) that promises to deliver faster claims decisions to veterans and their families.
A new commemorative coin was unveiled Oct. 9 to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and honor those Americans who served. The silver dollar coin, authorized by Congress in 2014, features a service member holding a rifle to honor those who fought in the war from 1914 to 1918. Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley unveiled the design on the first day of the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
VA burial allowances are flat rate monetary benefits that are generally paid at the maximum amount authorized by law for an eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs. A VA regulation change in 2014 simplified the program to pay eligible survivors quickly and efficiently. Eligible surviving spouses of record are paid automatically upon notification of the veteran's death, without the need to submit a claim. VA may grant additional benefits, including the plot or interment allowance and transportation allowance, if it receives a claim for these benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented a new policy change that affects all veterans. The VA is currently in the process of updating its procedure to request further confirmation of a veteran's death before it terminates any and all payments to the veteran. Basically, the process will now involve more exhaustive confirmation of a veteran's death before payments are stopped. For instance, when VA officials believe that a veteran has died, the VA will send a letter to his or her address on file and request confirmation of the death from a surviving family member.