With 2017 and a new presidential administration, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs faces an array of decisions related to the herbicide Agent Orange, which contained the toxic chemical dioxin and was used to kill vegetation during the Vietnam War. Among them are: Whether to expand the list of diseases that are presumed to be linked to Agent Orange.
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Dec. 8 it now provides eligibility determinations for interment in a VA national cemetery prior to the time of need. Through the Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility Program, upon request, individuals can learn if they are eligible for burial or memorialization in a VA national cemetery.
You might cherish your old military uniforms given all the memories they hold. Or maybe you or your spouse are tired of them taking up space in the closet. When the time comes to unclutter, what should you do with those uniforms?
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), N.C., from Aug. 1, 1953, to Dec. 31, 1987.
The leader of the nation's largest Veterans organization congratulated VA Secretary David Shulkin for his confirmation last month by the U.S. Senate and made clear that The American Legion is counting on him to deliver on promises he made during his testimony. "As a highly experienced physician, The American Legion has confidence that Dr. Shulkin possesses the skill set, compassion and commitment to restore the trust that veterans need to have in the department that was created to serve their needs," National Commander Charles E. Schmidt said.
A new initiative will allow veterans seeking health care through the Veterans Choice Program to coordinate all of their needs through the Fargo VA Medical Center. The Veterans Care Coordination Program was unveiled 4 OCT by U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, who made a stop in Fargo to highlight the pilot initiative, which he had pushed for along with fellow U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.
Many people planning to retire use the presence or absence of a state income tax as a litmus test for a retirement destination. This is a serious miscalculation since higher sales and property taxes can more than offset the lack of a state income tax. The lack of a state income tax doesn't necessarily ensure a low total tax burden. Following are the taxes you can expect to pay if you retire in Minnesota: Sales Taxes
If you are already receiving disability benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA) you may also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSDI is administered by the SSA to provide monthly benefits for disabled workers. To receive SSDI, you must have worked enough to earn sufficient credits and to have paid in adequate taxes to the SSA. In general, that means you must have worked the equivalent of five years full-time out of the last 10 years, but that can vary depending on age.
For veterans and active duty members of the military who return home with injuries, Social Security is a resource they can turn to. If you know any wounded veterans, please let them know about Social Security's Wounded Warriors website at www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors .
The most frequently asked VA loan question is about repeat use of VA loan benefits. It's true: VA loan benefits can be used again and again, provided that you meet the qualifications for reuse. Here is a closer look at three common scenarios may help some veterans get another VA loan. Does one of these apply to you regarding your previous VA loan?