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.
Individual Unemployability (IU) is a benefit service-disabled veterans can claim if they have service-connected disabilities that prevent them from substantially gainful employment. IU pays the veteran at the 100 percent rate even if the VA has rated them less than 100 percent. In order to be eligible, a veteran must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of his/her service-connected disabilities. Additionally, a veteran must have: • One service-connected disability rated at 60 percent or more, OR
Those at all interested in real estate continue to watch the slow creep of loan interest rates. For now, the rates are staying competitive, but loan experts expect interest rates to increase in upcoming months. Assuming a VA loan might become an attractive option in the near future for both military home buyers and sellers, here's a look at the pros and cons of assuming a VA loan.
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.