Gulf War Illness is the "signature" health problem of 1991 Gulf War veterans, affecting an estimated 24-33 percent of the nearly 700,000 who served, according to a new report of the Institute of Medicine, but researchers say its recommendations, "turn science on its head." "The previous IOM report correctly concluded that the illness is not psychiatric and likely results from the interplay of genetic and environmental factors," said James Binns, former chairman of the federal Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses. "This report turns that science on its head."
Service members, retirees and veterans are eligible for a 15 percent discount on monthly wireless service, Verizon announced Jan. 28. The company has identified more than 100,000 accounts that are eligible for the discount, according to a press release, and the discount is being automatically applied to those accounts. Those eligible can also receive a 25 percent discount on certain accessories such as select chargers, cases and extended batteries and 12 percent off certain calling features, such as International Travel to Mexico and Canada, HUM by Verizon and Tech Coach.
Congress passed legislation for a new veterans ID card last summer, but it will likely be another year before any are issued. The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun drafting regulations for production and issuing of the ID cards, designed to give veterans easy proof of their military service for non-federal activities. Legislation authorizing the cards, sponsored by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) passed through Congress without objection last July.
When the American Civil War began in April 1861, there were only 16,000 men in the U.S. Army, and of these many Southern officers resigned and joined the Confederate States Army. The U.S. Army consisted of 10 regiments of infantry, four of artillery, two of cavalry, two of dragoons, and three of mounted infantry. The regiments were scattered widely. Of the 197 companies in the army, 179 occupied 79 isolated posts in the West, and the remaining 18 manned garrisons east of the Mississippi River, mostly along the Canada—United States border and on the Atlantic coast.
During ceremonies at Antietam National Battlefield, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor joined the Civil War Trust to announce the preservation of 44 historic acres at the battlefield's epicenter. "This land is exceptionally important to the story of Antietam," said Connor. "It is rare to preserve a property of such historic significance, and I applaud the hard work of organizations like the Civil War Trust who help make sure we can continue sharing our country's history with future generations."
Under federal law, until veterans pay back their involuntary separation pay, they can have their VA disability compensation withheld. After 31-year-old Marine veteran Tim Foster received a 50% disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs in January, he was shocked to discover the compensation benefits would be withheld until May 2016. The reason, Foster explained to Task & Purpose, is that he received $30,000 in involuntary separation pay from the Marine Corps when he was forced out in August 2014, due to personnel cuts.
With the deadline for income taxes due this week here are some facts on the tax burden in Minnesota. Minnesota collects income taxes from its residents utilizing four tax brackets. For single taxpayers • 5.35 percent on the first $25,070 of taxable income. • 7.05 percent on taxable income between $25,071 and $82,360. • 7.85 percent on taxable income between $82,361 and $154,950. • 9.85 percent on taxable income of $154,951 and above. For married couples filing jointly
Great news for the uninsured population and veterans living in rural communities with limited access to health care providers and services. If you are a veteran enrolled in, or eligible for, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care services, the Veterans Choice Act of 2014 and Choice Improvement Act of 2015 were created to offer you greater access to care in your community. If you are a veteran who is not eligible for VA health care and do not have insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace may be a great option for you.
Americans love automobiles. The IRS even shares the national motoring madness by annually adjusting most of the standard mileage rates taxpayers can use to claim certain types of road trips as tax deductions. The annual adjustments are based on inflation, as well as the IRS' yearly study of the fixed and variable costs of operating a vehicle. Below are the adjusted per-mile amounts you can claim for different types of tax-deductible travel in 2015, as well as 2016 rates for your planning purposes. Mileage rate deductions
We've expanded the optometry clinic at the St. Cloud VA to serve more veterans. While the main clinic and check-in desk are still located in the Building 29 basement, additional rooms have been added on the first floor of Building 29 to accommodate growing veteran demand for optometry services. We have also hired a new optometrist, Dr. Rachael Lloyd, who will be working in these new rooms.