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VA National Cemetery Pre-Need Eligibility Determination Program

ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS FOR BURIAL – IN ADVANCE OF NEED  Summary Many individuals would like to know, in advance, whether they are eligible for burial in a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemetery. To assist them, VA is launching an … Continue reading

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 VA Agent Orange benefits update:

A new study has found a close relationship between Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War and high blood pressure, a conclusion that could lead the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to dramatically expand the number of veterans eligible for … Continue reading

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 MyVA311: One number to call to reach VA:

VA is introducing 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311) as a go-to source for Veterans and their families who don’t know what number to call. This new national toll-free number will help eliminate the feeling of frustration and confusion that Veterans and their families … Continue reading

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 The Pentagon Is now deploying reservists without granting GI bill benefits:

By law, reservists involuntarily mobilized under a new and obscure deployment code do not receive credit for the GI Bill while they are activated. Nearly 300 Marines came home from their seven-month deployment to Central America this week. They have … Continue reading

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• Servicemembers Civil Relief Act:

A new Justice Department pilot program is designed to shore up enforcement of laws that protect troops, veterans and their families against financial predators. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Enforcement Support Pilot Program will pay for assistant U.S. attorney and … Continue reading

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• Tricare auditory care:

Certain hearing aid implants are now covered for all Tricare users under a policy update announced 8 NOV. Existing rules block hearing aid coverage for retirees, Tricare for Life and Tricare Reserve Select users. But the policy change reclassifies a … Continue reading

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• As retired military, are you creating a future debt for your spouse?

You may be creating a debt for your spouse when you fail to update your Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) election or fail to pay your SBP premium when your military retired pay is offset by your VA disability compensation. SBP … Continue reading

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• Veteran or not?

There are times when veteran organization service officers are asked for the definition of a veteran by a member of the Guard. As a retired National Guard member with a 20 year letter and no active duty time, I am … Continue reading

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DAV-DAVA National Commander’s Call to Action

Congress is back and has just a few weeks remaining this year to pass historic claims and appeals modernization legislation and we need your help to make sure they don’t leave town without getting this done. To address this issue, … Continue reading

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• VA and Social Security partner to speed up disability decisions for veterans:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) launched a new Health IT initiative that enables VA to share medical records electronically with social security disabilty processors. This secure process will save time and money resulting … Continue reading

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