VA maintains a list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships associated with military service in Vietnam and possible exposure to Agent Orange based on military records. This evolving list helps veterans who served aboard ships, including "Blue Water veterans," find out if they may qualify for presumption of herbicide exposure. Veterans must meet VA's criteria for service in Vietnam, which includes aboard boats on the inland waterways or brief visits ashore, to be presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing facility access for service animals.
The primary purpose of this scholarship is to honor Marcella Arnold who was a loyal and dedicated volunteer VAVS Representative at VAMC Minneapolis for over 28 years. Arnold passed away Aug. 8, 1980. The 1981 Department of Minnesota Ladies Auxiliary passed a resolution establishing a nursing scholarship to Honor Mrs. Arnold.
In 2011, officials began replacing the Social Security Account Number, or SSAN, with a 10-digit number unique to the Department of Defense on all ID cards. Retirees, their family members and survivors with an "INDEF" expiration date may not have replaced their ID card before and may therefore still have an SSAN printed on their card. DOD officials are urging people who have an ID card with an "INDEF" expiration date to visit a DOD ID card facility for a new ID card with the DOD ID number in place of the SSAN to reduce their risk of identity theft.
Here are some Q/A's about military service and Social Security. Q: Can I receive both Social Security and military retirement? A: Yes. Active duty military service has been Social Security covered employment since 1957. Generally, there is no reduction of your Social Security benefits because of your military retirement. More about this is here within the SSA Retirement Planner section. Q: Do I need Medicare if I have VA medical coverage?
The Congressional Research Service released a report (American War and Military Operations Casualties: Lists and Statistics) that provides U.S. war casualty statistics. It includes data tables containing the number of casualties among American military personnel who served in principal wars and combat actions from 1775 to the present. It also includes data on those wounded in action and information such as race and ethnicity, gender, branch of service, and cause of death. The tables are compiled from various Department of Defense (DOD) sources.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the September inflation figure and confirmed what most retirees already knew. There won't be a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2016 for people collecting military retired pay, Social Security, VA compensation or survivor benefits. Falling gas prices are a key reason why the inflation index (and your COLA) tanked over the summer. Retired pay increases are made each year to maintain the same level of purchasing power each service member had at retirement.
About 430,000 military households that are missing Social Security numbers in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System could be forced to pay fines to the Internal Revenue Service if they don't update their information by January. Troops were notified about the missing information through letters sent by DEERS starting Aug. 13. Social Security numbers are either missing or unverified for about 484,000 military dependents, Defense Department officials said.
Upon the family's request, Public Law 106-65 requires that every eligible veteran receive a military funeral honors ceremony, to include folding and presenting the United States burial flag and the playing of Taps. The law defines a military funeral honors detail as consisting of two or more uniformed military persons, with at least one being a member of the veteran's parent service of the armed forces. The DOD program calls for funeral home directors to request military funeral honors on behalf of the veteran's' family.
President Barack Obama on July 20 signed a bill from U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan that will allow veterans nationwide to get a special, government-issued identification card. Buchanan, a Republican who represents the Bradenton and Sarasota areas of Florida, introduced the "Veterans Identification Card Act of 2015" earlier this year so veterans wouldn't have to carry around their military service records — such as the common form known as a "DD-214" to prove their veteran status.