Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. David J. Shulkin, and Canada's Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense, the Honorable Kent Hehr, joined officials from both nations June 27-28 at VA headquarters to discuss how strategic partnerships can help improve benefits and services for Veterans and their families.
People who leave the military often face different challenges when searching for civilian employment than people who move from one civilian job to another. The recession of 2007 to 2009 increased policymakers' focus on how well veterans who left active-duty service during or after the recession have fared in the civilian labor market.
If your family has transitioned from the military to civilian life, you may be navigating the whole new benefits world of the Department of Veterans Affairs. While it's likely most of the VA benefits are specifically for your veteran, some of them might be for you, too. And if your veteran is receiving any amount of disability pay, the benefits likely impact the whole family because they change what cash comes into your family bank account each month. Whether or not you're new to the VA, it's likely that there are benefits that you just don't know you or your veteran has.
Fibromyalgia is a health condition characterized by unexplained pain throughout the body. Symptoms include: • At least three months of unexplained pain in the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. • Points on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, or legs that are tender and hurt with pressure. • Additional health problems such as sleep disturbances, headaches, memory problems or morning muscle stiffness.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for veterans. This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor veterans, and today's rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise. Only those veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services offered to veterans.
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?