Veterans will have to wait an unknown amount of time before they can get a photo ID card from the Department of Veterans Affairs under a law passed in 2015. The law, known as the veterans Identification Card Act 2015, orders the VA to issue a hard-copy photo ID card to any honorably discharged veteran who applies for one. Getting the card can come with a fee, the law states and the card must contain the veteran's name, photo and a non-Social Security identification number. The VA estimated in March 2016 that the cards would be available this year.
Not all service-connected medical conditions and injuries are incurred or exacerbated in the performance of military duties. For example, a qualifying injury can occur when a service member was at home or on leave and a qualifying medical condition, such as multiple sclerosis, can develop independently of a service member's military duties.
The Minnesota Military Museum wants your story for their "Veterans Registry." The Registry is a statewide database containing information about the military service of Minnesota Veterans. A qualified Veteran is anyone who once served or is serving in the US military and was either born in Minnesota or lived in Minnesota. The Registry is easy to use and anyone can submit a Veterans story and pictures of the Veteran. This service is also free and a great way to preserve a record of your service for your family.
Medical IDs are an important benefit that veterans can claim, free of charge. It is Veterans Health Administration (VHA) policy that medical ID bracelets and pendants are made available for veteran patients at no cost. A medical ID is jewelry that could save your life. Medical conditions like diabetes, heart problems, PTSD and injuries like embedded metal fragments can be engraved onto the surface of a medical ID bracelet or necklace. A veteran's medical ID can also include prescribed medicines and emergency contacts.
The military exchanges have the green light to open their online doors to veterans by Nov. 11, an idea initially proposed by a top exchange official nearly three years ago. Defense Department officials notified the congressional oversight committees Jan. 11 of their intent to open up the military exchange online shopping benefit to all honorably discharged veterans. On Jan. 18, a memorandum went out with guidance for the military departments to implement the program by Nov. 11.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced 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.
It has come to VA's attention that a phone line has been set up by an unknown party to potentially "mimic" the Veterans Choice Program phone line. This imposter phone line may be intended to reach veterans who inadvertently dial the Veterans Choice Program number incorrectly. We want you to know that we are taking this seriously and to keep you aware of the steps we are taking. Veterans Health Administration Office of Community Care (VHA CC) has reported the "mimic" line to the VA Office of Inspector General for a possible civil or criminal investigation.
If you are a service member separating from active duty you may qualify for unemployment compensation if you are unable to find a new job. In Fiscal Year 2016, the Army paid just over $170 million into this program which is the lowest it's paid in 13 years. The Unemployment Compensation for Ex-service members (UCX) program provides benefits for eligible ex-military personnel. The program is administered by the States as agents of the Federal government. You are eligible if:
For the sixth consecutive time, the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration (NCA) was ranked first in customer satisfaction among the nation's top corporations and federal agencies in an independent survey conducted by the CFI Group utilizing the science of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen D. Black as the new Director of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System. "We are excited to bring Mr. Black on board as the new director of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System," said Jan Murphy, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 23 director. "His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the health care system, the employees, volunteers, and most importantly, for the veterans we are honored to serve. Mr. Black began his appointment on April 2, 2017."