When President Trump signed into law the new National Defense Authorization Act, disabled veterans were granted a huge travel perk that has virtually gone unnoticed. Not only will the new perk save veterans thousands of dollars, but it will increase morale, esprit de corps, and open the door for many veterans to connect with the military again in ways they can only imagine.
When one of our family members, who was a veteran passed away, our family checked into cremation and looked at urns to purchase. After looking at the different options, it was decided that we could make a quality wooden urn that would honor our loved one. After finishing the wooden urn, we decided to honor all veterans and offer support to their families by providing a free urn. These free urns are made possible by generous donations.
The VA provides a non-service-connected pension for wartime veterans with low incomes and who are over 65 years old, or to wartime veterans who are totally and permanently disabled for reasons not related to their military service. The pension is intended to provide a guaranteed minimum income for veterans who qualify. For example: If the veteran has a countable income of $6,000 per year with no deductible medical expenses and no dependents, in 2017 the VA would have provided $13,166 — $6,000, or $7,166 paid in 12 equal monthly payments.
Something terrifying happens to you. Your heart races. Your palms sweat. You can't sleep. You don't want to eat. You can't get the events of that day out of your mind. Any and all of these are completely normal responses to trauma and would be expected of any one of us. We all experience traumatic life events at some point—so we are all familiar with these physical responses. However, for many of us, particularly our service men and women, the physical responses don't go away with time. In many cases, they become worse.
Minnesotans Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF) is a statewide fundraising initiative by the citizens of Minnesota for our Minnesota military personnel and their families. Founded in August 2005 by a non-partisan group of area business and community leaders, MMAF calls on citizens to show their support and appreciation for the sacrifices made by Minnesota military personnel deployed in combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan since September 2001.
The Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance (SSIA) for surviving spouses is now a permanent benefit. It is a benefit for surviving spouses who receive a Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity that is offset by a dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) payment from the VA. The benefit will now be paid at $310 per month plus a cost-of-living adjustment each calendar year. The cost-of-living adjustment will begin in 2019. It can be confusing to understand how SBP, DIC, and SSIA are paid, and how the laws and regulations treat different situations. Here are the basics:
The Internal Revenue Service is advising certain veterans who received disability severance payments after Jan. 17, 1991, and included that payment as income, that they should file Form 1040X, Amended U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, to claim a credit or refund of the over payment attributable to the disability severance payment. This is a result of the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act passed in 2016.
The amount of basic benefit paid ranges, depending on how disabled you are. The disabilities arising from a single disease entity, e.g., arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular accident, etc., are to be rated separately as are all other disabling conditions. VA makes a determination about the severity of your disability based on the evidence you submit as part of your claim, or that VA obtains from your military records. VA rates disability from 0 percent to 100 percent in 10 percent increments. You may be paid additional amounts, in certain instances, if:
NOTE: The new owners of Lyle's Shoes in Wadena would like to honor all past and present military men and women with a 10 percent discount on anything they purchase in their store. That discount is for every day on top of whatever other sales or discounts are going on.
During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever and as close as your local VA or neighborhood Walgreens. VA and Walgreens care about your health and are partnering to offer enrolled veteran patients easy access to flu shots. VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost standard (Quadrivalent) flu shots to enrolled veterans of the VA health care system. If you are interested in finding out more about other vaccine options, especially if you are aged 65 or older, contact your VA health care team. During the program,