Gulf War veterans should have presumptive conditions associated with their service, including brain and lung cancer and chronic migraines, members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs wrote in a letter March 18. "As a veteran of the Persian Gulf war, I am keenly aware of issues adversely impacting the health of veterans who served in that theater beginning in 1990," wrote Rep.
Military members have been exposed to extreme cold in combat and military training missions. The major cold injuries they suffer include frostbite, non-freezing cold injuries, immersion foot (formerly called trench foot), and hypothermia. The risk of cold injury depends on several environmental conditions including temperature, wind and moisture, in combination with physical activity, the duration of exposure, and amount of protection. The individual's level of fitness and cold susceptibility also contribute to the risk.
As a veteran, beware of pension advance products that offer to pay military retirees a lump-sum payout in return for their monthly retirement payments. The products may amount to payment of only pennies on the dollar and the advances are reported to carry interest rates from 27 percent to 106 percent, which can threaten a safe retirement. There are many pension advance companies on the Internet, often with patriotic-sounding names and logos. If you're offered a pension advance, stay away from arrangements that allow a creditor to access the account where you get your benefits.
VA is working to enhance the VA/DoD online portal, eBenefits with a new self-service feature that automates the processing of disabled veterans' requests to add family members or change their statuses. Called the Rules Based Processing System (RBPS), it will reduce processing time for changes to compensation benefits associated with a veteran's family member status from months to days.
Older veterans will be paying higher premiums for Veterans Group Life Insurance as of July 1, said officials with the Veterans Affairs Department. The 2.2 percent increase will apply only to veterans 70 and older; it is the first premium increase for this group in 21 years, officials said. The cost will increase by 5 cents per $1,000 of monthly coverage. Veterans 70 and older who have $50,000 of VGLI coverage will pay $2.50 more a month increasing from $112.50 to $115. For those 75 and older, the monthly cost for $50,000 of coverage will increase by $5, going from $225 to $230.
Thousands of veterans and other medical marijuana patients nationwide use marijuana to treat symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) is blocking researchers who are seeking to learn more about the risks and benefits of the treatment. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and University of Arizona Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved protocol for a study of marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in U.S.
The Wadena County Veterans Park was just a dream until a group of Veterans lead by David Ludovissie started the effort in 2010 and four years later the park is getting ready to hold its first dedication. The land, which was donated by the city of Wadena, is on the south side of Sunnybrook Park.
Buying and owning your own home is part of the phenomena known as the American Dream. Property ownership here in these United States is emblazoned as something of a right and takes on a status like nowhere else in the world. Those with VA loan eligibility have an upper hand compared to those who don't have the VA home loan benefit and can get a piece of their own American Dream with no money down, lower closing costs and easier qualifying compared to conventional loans.
Nearly half of the surviving 100,000 members of the United States Navy and fleet marine services who fought in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 could be experiencing wartime injuries from the long term effects of dioxin exposure. On Aug. 2, 2013, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association and Military Veterans Advocacy, Inc. jointly filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Eric K. Shinseki in his capacity as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. This lawsuit demands immediate restoration of presumption of Agent Orange exposure.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is eliminating the annual requirement for most veterans enrolled in VA's health care system to report income information beginning in March 2014. Instead, VA will automatically match income information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration. "Eliminating the requirement for annual income reporting makes our health care benefits easier for veterans to obtain," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.