The Veterans Health Administration is urging those who seek travel reimbursement to use an automated, self-serve system through a newly released, six-part video series. See below. Hopefully they will not abuse those veterans who do not have access to the internet, something that is common in Pennsylvania, especially among the older veterans — but not necessarily so.Read the rest of this entry »
Good news! If you are enrolled in the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Centers’ healthcare system, your age or condition no longer matter for getting the COVID-19 Vaccination. Those not enrolled with the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center’s healthcare system will have to do so. Read the “Background” of the advisory below. Inquire regardless. Click on the image to read.
As of 10 March 2021
WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will extend the existing moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, as well as extend VA loan forbearance requests, to June 30, because of COVID-19. The current moratorium extensions for evictions and foreclosures were set to end March 31. It is the result of the President’s January 22 Executive Order .
VA borrowers experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can review VA guidance for borrowers or call 877-827-3702 for additional information.
But what about those who are not using a VA mortgage guarantee as a result of our commonwealth’s failure to extend the evictions ban in August-September? This resource may be of value: https://www.nolo.com/evictions-ban.
As of 16 February 2021
Today, just after publishing over the weekend the Wilkes-Barre VAMC’s 5 February call-out to those veterans 75 or older, Wilkes-Barre VAMC again changed its policy. Now you can be 65 or older and can get the vaccine at your local clinic.
What is next? We have heard that some VA Medical Centers are enrolling veterans on-site with proof of a DD Form 214, if they have not been using the VA healthcare system.
Stand by for news.
Here is the new policy: Read the rest of this entry »
Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center has just announced it is issuing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to those 75 and older under the conditions below. No doubt because of special storage requirements, the vaccine will only be issued at the Medical Center itself and not from closer outpatient clinics — not exactly the best option for a 75 year old or, for that matter, anyone who lives in the Lehigh Valley.
However, it is a good step forward; and considering the vaccines are free no matter the source, you have more local options already. Read the rest of this entry »
As of 20 January 2021
It is good to see the community step forward to offer help to our veterans in honest ways. The Bethlehem Area Public Library is doing just that through offering to us their resume service.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre announced today the re-opening of our Tobyhanna and Northampton (Bangor, PA) Community Based Outpatient Clinics at a 50% face-to-face pre-COVID capacity, effective 28 September. All services remain available, and veterans who need to be seen will be scheduled for care. Read the rest of this entry »
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
Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 10 Pennsylvania county Veterans Affairs Offices will receive a total of $150,000 in grants, and 18 charitable or and veteran service organizations will receive $650,000 in grants from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF). The fund is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA).
For more details, to include which counties and nonprofits received funding, click here. See how the Lehigh Valley fared.
As of 16 September 2020