A grave marker medallion, for veterans who died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, is furnished upon receipt of claim for affixing to an existing privately-purchased headstone or marker placed at the gravesite of an eligible deceased veteran who is buried in a private cemetery. The medallion is made of bronze and available in three sizes: large, medium and small. Each medallion is inscribed with the word veteran across the top and the branch of service at the bottom. Eligible veterans may receive a government-furnished headstone or marker or a medallion, but not both.
On July 18 the VA issued a final rule to expand VA health care eligibility for veterans affected by contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune. Starting this week, veterans who served at least 30 days at Camp Lejeune from Aug. 1, 1953 through Dec. 31, 1987, are eligible to receive no-cost health care for 15 medical conditions that have been linked to the contaminated water. Previously, only veterans who served at Camp Lejeune from Jan. 1, 1957 were covered.
World-class health care is not much good to those who can't access it and accessing VA health care has not always been easy. Actually, it's been very frustrating for a large number of veterans over the years, but enrollment is about to get easier for veterans seeking eligibility.
A flu shot is an important part of staying healthy during the flu season and this year the Wadena County Veterans Service Office and St. Cloud VA Health Care System have teamed up to make it easier than ever for local veterans get their flu shot. "Some veterans find it difficult to attend the flu shot clinics at the St. Cloud VA or one of the VA community clinics," said David A. Anderson, Wadena County Veteran Service Officer. "So this fall we've asked the VA to bring the flu shot clinic to us."
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the Dayton VA Medical Center has been officially selected as the site for the National Department of Veterans Affairs Archives. Secretary Robert A. McDonald made the announcement this morning speaking to a group of Dayton-area leaders.
VA's life insurance program received a strong customer satisfaction score of 81 on a scale of 100 from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an independent survey that scores customer satisfaction for more than 300 private companies and federal and local government agencies. "VA is proud of the excellent service provided by its dedicated Insurance Program employees and the recent ACSI results they achieved," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald.
Veterans from recent conflicts have expanded the role of service dogs. While many Americans still identify "service dogs" as "guide dogs" for the visually impaired, "service" now extends into many other dimensions.
The Social Security Administration reports that in 2015, over 59 million Americans received almost $870 billion in Social Security benefits. Social Security is the major source of income for most of the elderly in the United States. According to SSA: • Nine out of 10 people age 65 and older receive Social Security benefits. • Social Security represents 39 percent of the income of the elderly. • Among elderly Social Security beneficiaries, 53 percent of married couples and 74 percent of unmarried persons receive half or more of their income from Social Security.
One of the advantages of being older is senior discounts in restaurants. Here is a list of restaurants that offer discounts to seniors. Keep this list and send a copy to your senior friends and relatives. Note: you must ask for your discount. Restaurants Applebee's: 15 percent off with Golden Apple Card (60+) Arby's: 10 percent off (55+) Ben & Jerry's: 10 percent off (60+) Bennigan's: Discount varies by location (60+) Bob's Big Boy: Discount varies by location (60+) Boston Market: 10 percent off (65+)
Rich treasure troves of public data exist about our cities, but for the ordinary person, these can be hard to dig up and decipher. That's why citizens, nonprofits, and start-ups have been trying to convert some of these complex datasets into comprehensible and usable forms. Even the federal government has been trying to consolidate some of these data tools in one corner on the internet. But this endeavor, while significant, only brings together a few pieces of a larger puzzle.