May 19, 2021
VA to readjudicate past claims for possible herbicide exposure
On 14 May, the VA formally announced that military veterans who were previously denied service connection for an herbicide related presumptive condition due to lack of in-country Vietnam service will have their claims automatically readjudicated by VA. “Readjudication means VA will review the evidence of record and provide replacement decisions in the cases of those who were previously denied service connection benefits,” said Acting VA Under Secretary for Benefits Thomas Murphy. The review also applies to eligible survivors of deceased Vietnam-era veterans, an issue of significance nowadays due to past VA delays. Read the rest of this entry »
April 15, 2021
Little noted, Gold Star Spouse Day was observed on 5 April 2021, but you are not forgotten:
Gold Star spouses eligible for special VA benefits
For more information on how to proceed, your best bet is to see an accredited veterans service officer.
As of 15 April 2021
September 18, 2020
All C&P Exam Locations Now Open
For those in the process of settling a claim submission, some good news. Not everything is resolvable via telecommunications, the use of which is reportedly up a thousand percent. The Veterans Benefits Administration’s operations must have been severely affected, therefore.
The VA has partnered with specialized contract examiners to resume in-person Compensation & Pension (C&P) exams related to disability benefits at their designated contract facilities and not at VA medical facilities. Your local VA Medical Center (VAMC) will still conduct VA medical appointments and testing related to your health care. Specific safety requirements are still in place for Veterans’ health. While specialty exams are only performed when it is safe, certain areas have allowed removal of personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to complete the appointment.
For more information regarding locations in your area, please visit: https://benefits.va.gov/compensation/claimexam.asp.
Source: VA News Email, 18 September 2020
As of 18 September 2020
June 6, 2020
The piece of information below found on a 4 June Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce “email’er” is probably worth more mention than most as our valley’s community begins the long journey of returning to normal. Considering the importance of employment to job hunters, furloughed employees and employers, it good to see when someone has thought of putting relevant, actionable information all in one place to a particular topic.
Veterans, do not forget that our CareerLink has veterans employment representatives. Insist on speaking to them, if you have not done so and are seeking a job — especially if things are not going well. They can take a more holistic approach towards helping. If they do not, let us know. They are expected to go the extra mile — if you are on the straight-up.
As of 6 June 2020
May 19, 2020
Gov. Wolf, Treasurer Torsella Announce Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arriving Early to Help Seniors, Others During COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced that many older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities will receive early rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
It is something worthwhile for veterans or their widows/widowers who are homeowners or renters to check off to help get them through these trying times when needed. It is not always chump change; and you may be more eligible than you might first suspect (don’t assume age is the only criteria). For details and how to apply, if you have not: click here.
As of 20 May 2020
April 29, 2020
Special alert for those who don’t file a tax return and have dependents under the age of 17 years.
On 24 April, the Internal Revenue Service issued a special alert for Supplemental Security Income and Department of Veterans Affairs beneficiaries to act by May 5 if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their Economic Impact Payment.
For details, click here: VA, SSI recipients with eligible children need to act by May 5 to quickly add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment; ‘Plus $500 Push’ continues | Internal Revenue Service
As of 26 April 2020
November 19, 2019
Momentum for PA VFW’s No Smoking Indoors Campaign Continues to March On
There has been loads of talk these days about improving the well-being of military veterans and their families. But without the well-being of chartered veterans organizations such as the VFW, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America and others also being maintained, that prospect instantly becomes harder. The veterans benefits we have today were largely hard-earned through these organizations. Read the rest of this entry »
October 3, 2019
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to Host VA Enrollment Fair in Allentown
VA Enrollment Fair, Thursday, October 24th from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Allentown Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 3110 Hamilton Blvd. Allentown, PA 18103.
A Veteran’s eligibility for health care through the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is based on a variety of criteria related to their service. Although not all Veterans are eligible for VA health care, most Veterans who served on active duty with an other than dishonorable discharge are eligible to receive some level of care through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Just as VA Healthcare eligibility criteria changes over time, so may a Veteran’s eligibility for care. A Veteran once deemed ineligible for VA health care may become eligible if they experience changes in income level, health, or suffer a catastrophic event. Read the rest of this entry »
August 2, 2019
On 22 July, the Military-Veterans Advocacy, a nonprofit legal organization which had a major role in overturning the VA’s decision not to process Blue Water Navy veterans’ Agent Orange claims through a remarkable legal action (Procopio vs. Wilkie), is now asking a federal judge to rescind a stay on Blue Water Navy claims processing imposed by Secretary Wilkie, aided and abetted by the U.S. Congress for good or ill. Read the rest of this entry »