VA Announces Rollout and Application Process for New Veterans ID Card
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that the application process for the national Veterans Identification Card (VIC) is now available for Veterans — yet another action honoring their service.
This has been mandated through legislation since 2015 to honor Veterans, and the rollout of the ID card fulfills that overdue promise.
Only those Veterans with honorable service will be able to apply for the ID card, which will provide proof of military service, and may be accepted by retailers in lieu of the standard DD-214 form to obtain promotional discounts and other services where offered to Veterans.
“The new Veterans Identification Card provides a safer and more convenient and efficient way for most Veterans to show proof of service,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “With the card, Veterans with honorable service to our nation will no longer need to carry around their paper DD-214s to obtain Veteran discounts and other services.”
The VIC provides a more portable and secure alternative for those who served the minimum obligated time in service, but did not meet the retirement or medical discharge threshold. Veterans who served in the armed forces, including the reserve components, and who have a discharge of honorable or general (under honorable conditions) can request a VIC.
To request a VIC, Veterans must visit vets.gov, click on “Apply for Printed Veteran ID Card” on the bottom left of the page and sign in or create an account.
Veterans who apply for a card should receive it within 60 days and can check delivery status of their cards at vets.gov. A digital version of the VIC will be available online by mid-December.
Enrollment in the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
As you may know, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located in New Windsor, New York. Our 7,500-foot facility includes exhibits, artifacts and Purple Heart recipient stories, which offer visitors an incredible journey through our country’s military history as well as reminders of the human sacrifice and cost of freedom.
The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed or wounded by enemy action, and The Hall of Honor is the nation’s sole repository dedicated to the collection and preservation of the stories of these Purple Heart recipients.
The primary way in which we honor those awarded the Purple Heart and share their stories is through our Roll of Honor electronic database. This database is accessible in The Hall of Honor main gallery and on our website (www.thepurpleheart.com). Because there is no comprehensive list of recipients upon which to draw, however, our database represents only a fraction of the estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients. We rely on friends, family, and the recipients themselves to share their information with us to build the Roll of Honor.
I am requesting your support and assistance in honoring Purple Heart recipients through enrollment in the Roll of Honor database. You can help by passing this information and encouraging recipients to share their stories with us. Purple Heart recipients simply need to complete the enrollment form listed under documents on this page and send it to the Hall of Honor along with copies of the supporting documents. Enrollment is voluntary and free of cost. Please do not hesitate to contact (845) 561-1765 if you would like additional information or have any questions.
Benefit Payment Schedule
Dear VA Beneficiary,
We want to provide you with some important information about your VA benefit payments.
VA education, compensation, pension, and survivor’s benefits are paid on a monthly basis. Normally, benefits for a particular month are paid the first business day of the following month. When the first business day of the month falls on a non-business day or a holiday, VA benefits will be paid on the last business day prior to the first of the month.
Provided below is the payment schedule for upcoming VA benefit payment disbursements:
Benefit Payment Date
September 2017 September 29, 2017
October 2017 November 1, 2017
November 2017 December 1, 2017
December 2017 December 29, 2017
You can check your latest VA benefit payments online at www.eBenefits.va.gov . If you are not receiving benefit payments from VA, but know someone who is, please share this information with them. We hope you find this information useful.
Perry County Commissioner Steve Naylor, on behalf of Commissioner Brenda Benner and Commissioner Paul Rudy, presented Veteran Charlie Barrier a Certificate of Appreciation for his Military Service, at a 90th Birthday Celebration at the New Bloomfield VFW on Sept 10, 2017.
LOWE'S ANNOUNCES MILITARY DISCOUNT OFFERING TO VETERANS
Lowe's home improvement stores has announced they are expanding military discount program (10%) to include honorably discharged military veterans and retirees. To take advantage, current and former members need to sign up online or visit the service desk. They'll provide identification and proof of service and then receive a Lowe's card to show at stores to receive the discounts and benefits. The discount is linked to the veteran's Lowe's account. Once someone receives their card they don't have to show proof of service or ID at checkouts.
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Attention Veterans needing Emergency Care:
If you are enrolled in the VA Medical Benefits and require Emergency Medical/Room treatment outside the VA, for VA to pay those medical costs, you must contact Lebanon VAMC within 48 hours and request payment through fee Basis. Failure to contact Lebanon VAMC within the 48 hours may be reason for a denial for payment by the VA of any of the costs for your treatment.
Signing up for VA Health Care is easier than ever.
You can now electronically sign up for VA Health Care at Vets.gov in addition to filing for VA Health Care through the 10-10EZ paper application or contact the Perry County Veterans Affairs Office at 717-582-5133.
You may be eligible for VA health care if you:
Served on active duty, and separated under conditions other than dishonorable, you may qualify for VA health care.
If you separated under a dishonorable discharge, visit healthcare.gov to find out if you qualify for health insurance.
The following Public Service Announcement (PSA) highlights the transitions — such as sending a child off to college, retiring, or losing a loved one — that Veterans and Service members may navigate in their lives. Sometimes these challenges contribute to feelings of hopelessness or even thoughts of suicide. That’s when the support of family and friends can make a big difference.
Please watch this PSA and share it on your social networks. By doing so, you’ll encourage others to take the time to truly listen to the Veterans and Service members they encounter every day. The simple act of listening can be the turning point that enables a Veteran or Service member to reach out for help.
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Veterans' Expo & Job Fairs
If interested, please click on Veterans' Expo & Job Fairs 2017 under Links on the right hand side of this page.
Disability compensation VA recently proposed a rule to create presumptive service connection for Veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members exposed to contaminants in the water supply at Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 through December 31, 1987 who later developed one of the following eight diseases:
Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
Presently, these conditions are the only ones for which there is sufficient scientific and medical evidence to support the creation of presumptions; however, VA will continue to review relevant information as it becomes available. Veterans who are experiencing other health conditions that they think may be related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune are encouraged to contact their primary care provider and to file a claim. VA reviews and decides disability compensation claims on a case-by-case basis. -
See more at: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/#sthash.ZA1frcoV.dpuf
ATTENTION VETERANS: If you are planning on signing up for Social Security, take your DD-214 to the appointment. Your Military Service may increase your monthly benefit.
A recently developed a new site meant to offer greater insight and information for Veterans looking for the best educational option available. They focused their research on factors most relevant and value to Veterans, such as current veterans student population, net out of pocket costs, reputation, program support. Most importantly the resource provides tools that let Veterans create their own methodology/criteria to help evaluate and compare the researched data.
You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:
"Veterans ID Cards"
“The Veterans Identification Card Act 2015 (Public Law 114-31) was enacted on July 20, 2015. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the process of reviewing the law and has formed a working group to begin the process of implementation. This process will include outreach to Veterans and others to ensure that the law is implemented in the best way possible. VA will publish regulations and solicit public comment before finalizing the program.
As these implementation steps are finalized, VA will be reaching out to Veterans to explain how they can obtain an ID card, should they choose to request one.
The Veterans Identification Card Act requires VA to issue veterans an identification card upon their request. In many instances, these cards will be able to serve as proof of service in the Armed Forces in place of the standard DD-214 forms. As indicated in the law, these ID cards would not take the place of a health care enrollment card, a Choice Card, or any additional identification card that confers VA benefits upon the cardholder.
VBA has been tasked with implementing this law.”
Good news for Veterans! VA now provides dental insurance for those veterans enrolled in VA healthcare!
Just click on the links below to find out more!
I'm excited to share with you an updated Veterans Hiring Guide, available at https://www.vetsuccess.va.gov/public/employers.html . The goal is to help employers find job-seeking Veterans or assist ongoing efforts of veteran hiring programs. There is also included key resources for employers seeking to attract military spouses.
2015 Top Military Friendly Online Colleges
This resource just completed a revamp of its online colleges including an extensive research into four areas of military friendliness (military culture, flexibility, financial aid, and online support) and then analyzed the results.
The results are the 2015 Top Military Friendly Online Colleges. 53 schools stood out as exceptional among over 400 analyzed. Also featured are 25 schools that offer the best online experience for military professionals and veterans:
VA Launches Hotline to Answer Questions on VA Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans: 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)
WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new hotline — 1-855-VA-WOMEN — to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans. The service began accepting calls on April 23, 2013.
“Some women Veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services available to them,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “The hotline will allow us to field their questions and provide critical information about the latest enhancements in VA services.”