Veterans Report - Week of February 03, 2014

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Veterans Report - Week of February 03, 2014

#1 Postby boardman » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:41 pm

Veterans Report - Week of February 03, 2014

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Beware of Pension Scams
Do not be a victim. The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning veterans of pension poaching scams. Be cautious if someone offers to move your assets around for you to qualify for VA pension. This type of scam is often directed toward veterans and family members who do not actually qualify for VA pension. You could be required to repay these benefits to the government. Examples of possible pension poaching scams include: (1) organizations that cold call veterans, charge money for assisting with a VA pension claim, and take credit card information from veterans over the telephone; (2) people who charge as much as $6,000 upfront to represent claimants before VA. For more information about VA pension eligibility requirements -- which include special monthly pension benefits -- visit VA's Pension webpage at ( or call 1-800-827-1000.
For more on military benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Own Your Home with $0 Down + Tax Write Off
Don't wait any longer to use your VA Loan Benefit. You've earned it! Benefits include $0 Down, No PMI payment required, and home ownership means you can write off closing costs and deduct your interest for 2014. ( ... Start using your VA Loan Benefit today.
Want to learn more about homeownership and your VA Loan benefit? ( Explore the VA Loan Center to get more information.

Capitol One Committed to Hiring Veterans
Start your civilian career with a company that can provide endless opportunity and a career path that lets you choose where you want to be. ( ... Read More.

Social Security Expands Allowance List
The Social Security Administration has announced 25 new Compassionate Allowances (CA) conditions. The ( CA program reduces the time it takes to make decisions on disability applications filed by Americans with the most serious disabilities, so they receive decisions on their claims within days, instead of months or years. The new ( ... itions.htm) conditions include a dozen cancers and disorders that affect the digestive, neurological, immune and multiple body systems. A list of the new conditions is available on the ( ... 14-pr.html) Social Security website.

Senate Hears Call to Repeal COLA Cut
MOAA Chairman of the Board Gen. John Tilelli, USA (Ret) testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday on recent cuts to retired pay COLAs for working age military retirees established in the Bipartisan Budget Act. On a broad bipartisan basis, committee members agreed the cuts must be repealed as soon as possible.
Read the story and watch the testimony from ( Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

Hunting Trips for Wounded Warriors
Naval Air Station Kingsville hosted Wounded Warriors at the Navy's Escondido Ranch located 90 miles northwest of Kingsville, near Freer, Texas, in McMullen County. The 6,800 acre hunting ranch is owned by NAS Kingsville and managed by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department. NAS Kingsville and Escondido Ranch plan on hosting Wounded Warrior hunts on a regular basis. A weekend turkey hunt for other Wounded Warriors is being planned to for March 29-30. Escondido Ranch has lodging accommodations for more than 30 guests. Please ensure you bring your Texas hunting license and hunter safety card (if born after Sept. 2, 1971) with you. Patrons will also need to bring linen/blankets and all personal hygiene items required, as well as any water/beverages and food planned for consumption. Lodging fees are $35 per day for active duty military E-6 and above, retired military and DoD civilians; $30 per day for active duty military E-5 and below. For more information, visit the U.S. Navy Escondido Ranch website at (
For more news and updates, visit the ( Off-duty Center.

FAA Looking to Hire Vets
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to hire over 600 new Air Traffic Control Specialists, and wants as many of them as possible to be veterans. To be considered for a position as an air traffic controller, you must be a U.S. citizen, start the FAA Academy no later than your 31st birthday, be willing to relocate to an air traffic facility based on the FAA's highest needs at the time, and have three years of progressively responsible work experience, or a Bachelor's degree, or a combination of post-secondary education and work experience that totals three years. The FAA plans on posting this opportunity around February 10 and will host a virtual career fair on the FAA website on February 12. For more detailed information about this opportunity and how to apply, visit the FAA online at (
For more veteran job news, tips and listings, visit the ( Veteran Jobs Center.

New VA Cemetery in Colorado
The Department of Veterans Affairs has purchased land in Colorado for a new national cemetery in the southeast portion of Colorado Springs. This will be the third VA national cemetery in Colorado. The other two are Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver and Fort Lyon National Cemetery in Las Animas. Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, at VA's National Cemetery Administration website at (, or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at 800-827-1000. To make burial arrangements at any VA national cemetery at the time of need, call the National Cemetery Scheduling Office at 800-535-1117.
For more on death and burial benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.

Tax Assistance for Veterans
Tax season is here again. And while filing for tax returns can be tricky for the average family, it can get even more complicated for military families. Being a veteran or an active-duty Servicemember means you have ( ... itary.html) options for assistance.
For more tax season guides and tips, visit the ( Tax Center.

Senators Vow to Repeal COLA Cap
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee vowed Tuesday to clear a bill to roll back the cap on cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees under age 62, which is set to go into effect in 2016.
( ... epeal.html) Read the full story on

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Posters Designs Sought for Veterans Day
The National Veterans Day poster, ( which was first developed in 1978, is one constant that remains commemorating every Veterans Day. Annually, the Veterans Day National Committee sponsors a contest to find the finalist for the National Veterans Day poster. In the past, the committee has received submissions from industry, academia, Veterans and family members, and school children, among others. The one resounding theme is that each poster captures the valor, courage, selfless service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. Do you have an idea for the 2014 National Veterans Day poster? If so, the Veterans Day National Committee wants your submissions. ( For more information, contact Veterans Day National Committee point of contact, Micheal Migliara, at (202) 461-5386 or email him at (
For more on Veterans Day, visit the ( Veterans Day page.

Senate Bill Would Improve Health Care
A new piece of legislation before the U.S. Senate would restore pensions for military retirees, among other sweeping changes designed to improve the lives of the nation's veterans. The Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 includes provisions to improve health care, reduce the backlog of disability claims, expand access to education benefits for veterans and their survivors and provide for more job opportunities. Details of the proposed legislation are available on the ( ... egislation) U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs website. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who wrote several of the provisions in the bill, expects the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to report the bill out of committee within the next few weeks.
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Battleship NC 2014 Schedule
The Battleship U.S.S. North Carolina moored in Wilmington, NC has announced its programming schedule for February, 2014.The ( Firepower Tour takes place February 15, 2014. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, $95 per person, $85 for Friends members or active military. The Statewide NC QSO Party, an Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club Event, takes place Sunday, February 23, 2014, noon to 10 pm. The Battleship U.S.S. North Carolina is self-supporting, not tax-supported. The battleship is located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. For more information, visit the Battleship U.S.S. North Carolina website at (, or follow the Battleship on Facebook at ( and Twitter at ( Relive with the crew on the ( Battleship Blog.

Retirees are Fuming Mad
Military retirees and veteran service organizations are angry over the passage of a one percent cut to military retiree cost-of-living adjustments. In this week's Philpott's Forum, readers explain why they are angry and what they want to be done to fix it.
( ... -cola-cap/) Read what they have to say on the Military Advantage Blog.

VA Offers New GI Bill Complaint System
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is applauding today's roll out of a new consolidated complaint system to help the Department of Veterans Affairs and its partner agencies weed out fraud, waste and abuse among those organizations and educational institutions that serve student veterans. The new complaint system was a cornerstone of the VFW's education reform priorities over the past two years, and is a joint effort between VA and the departments of Defense, Education and Justice, as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission.
For more details, see ( ... nt-system/) this Military Advantage blog article.

Blog Looks at Mental Health
In managing the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), or caring for people in your life who have these concerns, have you learned helpful coping mechanisms? Maybe you discovered hopeful treatments, became more in tuned with your children, found expression in the fine arts, fought the stigma of mental health or embraced ways to improve your mental health. If you have not, we can help. The Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) Blog brought you all of this and more in 2013, and we think it is worth taking another look at this information. Read the posts on the ( ... -read.aspx) DCoE website for recaps, and start 2014 knowing there are resources available to help you. For more information, visit the ( Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) website and read the DCoE Blog regularly at (
For more veterans benefits info and updates, visit the ( Military Advantage blog.

Free Online Tax Filing for Troops
Military OneSource is once again providing access to an online tax filing service at no cost to servicemembers and families. The following link will direct you to a toolkit containing items that will provide you and your organization with readily assessable information, messaging, and tools to ensure your network of servicemembers and military families is aware of ( ... _id=274861) this tax filing option.
For more tax season guides and tips, visit the ( Tax Center.

New Set of Guides/Tools Released
A new set of guides and interactive tools to help health care providers more safely use electronic health information technology products, such as electronic health records (EHRs), is now available at ( Issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, these Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) guides are a suite of tools that include checklists and recommended practices designed to help health care providers and the organizations that support them assess and optimize the safety and safe use of EHRs. The SAFER Guides complement existing health IT safety tools. The SAFER Guides are available at ( For more information, read the article on the ( ... 0115a.html) website.
For more on veteran benefits, visit the ( Benefits Center.
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