Retired Guardsmen and Reservists who have completed their 20 years but are not old enough to collect their retired pay are considered to be in a "Gray Area." This table shows your "gray area" benefits compared to the "full" (active duty retiree) benefits which you and your family will begin to receive or be eligible for upon receipt or retired pay.
The Department of Veterans Affairs created the Servicemen's Readjustment Act in 1944, often referred to as the G.I. Bill. This entitlement-packed legislation helped those returning from World War II with buying a home to financing farmland and other benefits. If you're VA eligible or know someone who might be, here are the eight reasons to use a VA loan to buy a home. Down Payment Option Easily the greatest benefit of the VA mortgage is the lack of a down payment required for an approval.
It just got a little easier for military veterans who are looking for work, to find it here in Minnesota. Today, Minnesota joined three other states in a new pilot program that provides free hotel accommodations to veterans conducting job searches outside the regions where they live. Hilton Worldwide and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) are partnering to offer the Hilton HHonors program to veterans and their families in Minnesota, Iowa, Texas and Arizona. "Our veterans deserve more than our gratitude and support.
The new Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) provides increased security for your personal information - no personally identifiable information is contained on the magnetic stripe or barcode. It is also a salute to your military service. The emblem of your latest branch of service is displayed on your card. Several special awards will also be listed. The VHIC replaces the Veteran Identification Card (VIC) and will be issued only to veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system. Its purpose is for identification and check-in at VA appointments.
Gulf War veterans should have presumptive conditions associated with their service, including brain and lung cancer and chronic migraines, members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs wrote in a letter March 18. "As a veteran of the Persian Gulf war, I am keenly aware of issues adversely impacting the health of veterans who served in that theater beginning in 1990," wrote Rep.
Military members have been exposed to extreme cold in combat and military training missions. The major cold injuries they suffer include frostbite, non-freezing cold injuries, immersion foot (formerly called trench foot), and hypothermia. The risk of cold injury depends on several environmental conditions including temperature, wind and moisture, in combination with physical activity, the duration of exposure, and amount of protection. The individual's level of fitness and cold susceptibility also contribute to the risk.
As a veteran, beware of pension advance products that offer to pay military retirees a lump-sum payout in return for their monthly retirement payments. The products may amount to payment of only pennies on the dollar and the advances are reported to carry interest rates from 27 percent to 106 percent, which can threaten a safe retirement. There are many pension advance companies on the Internet, often with patriotic-sounding names and logos. If you're offered a pension advance, stay away from arrangements that allow a creditor to access the account where you get your benefits.
VA is working to enhance the VA/DoD online portal, eBenefits with a new self-service feature that automates the processing of disabled veterans' requests to add family members or change their statuses. Called the Rules Based Processing System (RBPS), it will reduce processing time for changes to compensation benefits associated with a veteran's family member status from months to days.
Older veterans will be paying higher premiums for Veterans Group Life Insurance as of July 1, said officials with the Veterans Affairs Department. The 2.2 percent increase will apply only to veterans 70 and older; it is the first premium increase for this group in 21 years, officials said. The cost will increase by 5 cents per $1,000 of monthly coverage. Veterans 70 and older who have $50,000 of VGLI coverage will pay $2.50 more a month increasing from $112.50 to $115. For those 75 and older, the monthly cost for $50,000 of coverage will increase by $5, going from $225 to $230.
Thousands of veterans and other medical marijuana patients nationwide use marijuana to treat symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) is blocking researchers who are seeking to learn more about the risks and benefits of the treatment. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and University of Arizona Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved protocol for a study of marijuana for symptoms of PTSD in U.S.