Fellow veterans, the new ID cards are still being issued. I received mine and they transfer your old picture onto the new card, so no photograph is needed. As I stated in my last article, your Social Security number is not on the new card. This is an added plus because someone could scan your old card with their cellphone and that would leave you open to identity theft.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has new and more secure Veteran Health Identification cards, according to the department. The cards have a different look along with new security features.
A medical emergency is an injury or illness that is so severe that without immediate treatment, it threatens your life or health. If you think your life or health is in danger, your situation is an emergency.
I attended a congressional forum in Grand Junction on Monday. Items of discussion were the progress of a VA hospital in Denver, attendance results of outreach clinics, management updates, an administrative update and a report from customer relations.
I’d like to thank the following people for designating their contributions to the United Way campaign to Moffat County Veterans: Lance Hammond, Marty Jackson, Kirk Smith, Roy Meats, Jeff Winslow, Kristi Shepherd and Mason Siedschlaw.
Many veterans have claims pending for various issues.
Starting March 1, travel pay will be paid to your bank account on a direct deposit basis. The money will go into the same account as your compensation or pension pay. The procedure is as follows: The veteran completes the appointment, then goes to the travel clerk who processes the claim and confirms eligibility. The paperwork is then printed in the cashier cage. The cashier then inputs the information for the EFT (electronic fund transfer).
The Craig Telehealth Clinic is offering another service to our Veterans. It is called “Tele-Spiritual” with a pastor via the Denver VAMC. If anyone has an interest, please contact the Craig clinic to schedule an appointment at 970-824-6721. There will be brochures out in the near future. In October, the Social Security Administration announced that it would increase SSA benefits by 1.7 percent based on an increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers for the third quarter of 2012.
Attn Military personnel returning from Iraq or Afghanistan: The Department of Veterans Affairs is publishing a proposed regulation in the Federal Register that would change its rules to add five diagnosable illnesses, which are secondary to service-connected Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) “We must always decide Veterans’ disability claims based on the best science available, and we will,” Secretary of veterans Affairs Erik K. Shinseki said. “Veterans who endure health problems deserve timely decisions based on solid evidence that ensure they receive benefits earned through their service to the country. VA proposes to add a new subsection to its adjudication regulation by revising 38 CFR 3.310 to state that if a Veteran who has a service-connected TBI also has one of the five illnesses, then the illness will be considered service connected as secondary to the TBI.
The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status. Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP. To receive this benefit, those who served under stop loss must submit a claim for the special pay. Throughout the year, the services have been reaching out to service members, veterans and their families through direct mail, veteran service organizations and the media. But there is still money left to be claimed, and the deadline is approaching. The average benefit it $3,700.