Monthly VA compensation, pension, social security and supplemental security income (SSI) benefits for Americans will increase 0.3 percent in 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration announced.
When was the last time you logged on to myPay? Some retirees only use myPay once a year to get their 1099-R during tax season. Then they try to access their account and discover that their password is expired, lost or forgotten. If you are in this category, be proactive this year to avoid delays with getting your tax forms.
A service member's military retired pay can be a valuable asset in a divorce, legal separation or dissolution of marriage. In 1982 Congress passed the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act, which allows state courts to treat disposable retired pay either as property solely of the member, or as property of the member and his spouse in accordance with the laws of the state court. Contrary to popular belief, there is no "magic formula" contained in the act to determine the appropriate division of retired pay.
Veterans receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Medical Centers will now be able to schedule routine ear and eye appointments at local VA audiology and optometry clinics without a primary care referral a move that eliminates multiple steps and gets veterans into appointments quicker.
TRICARE beneficiaries with special needs or a serious illness or injury have several resources available for help. Your care is best coordinated through your regional contractor. TRICARE rules require that if the care you need is available at a military hospital or clinic near you, and there is space available, you will be referred there first. However, if the care you need is not available, you will be referred to a network provider near you. It is important to call and remain in contact with your regional contractor. Your regional contractor will have the most current list of providers.
The following is a list of Veterans Day discounts on restaurants for 2016. Keep in mind that most businesses require proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military I.D., DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO's include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform.
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."