Earlier this year, the Pentagon changed the rules for troops who want to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their dependents. Most notably, the new policy will end transfers for service members who have been in uniform longer than 16 years, starting in July 2019.
Spring flowers are blooming, the summer travel season quickly approaches and veterans are joining the 330-million yearly visitors enjoying U.S. National Parks.
The resurgent "great power competition" at sea now officially trumps the Global War on Terror at least on U.S. Navy ships. Starting with morning colors June 4, the Navy returned to flying the "Union Jack," a small blue flag emblazoned with the stars of the 50 states identical to the top left corner of the national ensign from their jackstaffs, small flagpoles mounted on the bows of all Navy vessels when in port or at anchor.
Veterans may be eligible to receive care from a provider outside of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in their community when VA cannot provide the care that is needed. This type of care is known as "community care," and is paid for by VA. Although some changes occurred with community care recently, Veterans continue to have access to this type of care. The process starts at your VA medical facility. Follow these steps to see if you're eligible: 1. Go to VA • Schedule an appointment with a VA provider.
Compiled from data from many sources, below are the top 10 reasons veterans don't pursue benefits. 1. I don't trust the government. Many veterans have indicated that they don't trust their government in matters of confidentiality and privacy, and therefore, have no interest in pursuing benefits. Veterans from the Vietnam era are particularly sensitive regarding their distrust of the government. Many veterans from that era have indicated that they had a very bad experience while in uniform, and felt as though the government is not really inclined to assist or help them.
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John D.S. Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0 degrees 31 degrees N and LONG 179 30 degrees W. The date was 31 December, 1899. "Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line."
Many veterans often fail to file claims for disability benefits either because they are not aware that they can, or because they don't think their disability would be applicable. Disabilities need not be combat or even work related; they can be the result of playing sports, falling out of your barracks bed, participating in unit PT, or a car accident while on leave. Any veteran with a current health problem that they believe started on or as a result of their active duty service should consider filing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
On Feb. 19 2019, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will discontinue the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP), which provided eligible Veterans with early resolutions to their appealed claims, ahead of full implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 that took effect Feb. 20, 2019. VA discontinued accepting RAMP elections from Veterans with a legacy appeal after Feb. 15, 2019; however, RAMP claims pending on or after Feb. 15, 2019 will continue to be processed until the inventory is complete.
Veterans Day on the Hill is a chance for veterans to talk with their legislators about issues that affect them. This event is open to all veterans and will be held at the state capitol in St Paul. This year's Veterans Day on the Hill rally will take place Wednesday, March 20. Veterans Day on the Hill is hosted by the Minnesota Association of County Veterans Service Officers, the Minnesota Commanders' Task Force, and the United Veterans Legislative Council of Minnesota. The schedule will be as follows:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is saying that many retirees who have VA pay their full or partial Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) payment may be getting an erroneous bill from the Treasury Department. Current methods of paying for your SBP coverage are: • Deductions from your retired pay, • Deductions from your CRSC pay, • Deductions from your VA pay, • Direct remittance, • or Paid Up Status.