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Our Post consolidated at this page the links and newsletters for VA resources and assistance for our veterans.  If you identify any bad links or issues pls contacts us.

 

Blue Water Navy & Agent Orange Claims VA Assistance
The VA has extended coverage for Blue Water Navy members.  Details attached at following Link1 & Link2.

  • The VA is preparing to process disability claims from Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans.
    • The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), which is part of the National Archives, stores military records.
    • They provided to the VA all deck logs for Navy ships that served during the years of American involvement in the Vietnam War.
    • The VA will digitize these records to enable easier reference when processing disability claims for Blue Water Navy veterans.

VA is amending proposed regulations about one of their programs based on comments members of the public made on the website of the Federal Register.

  • mailto:https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/13/2019-24503/veterans-healing-veterans-medical-access-and-scholarship-program
  • Shaped by these comments, the VA will publish the final rule about the “Veterans Healing Veterans Medical Access and Scholarship Program” in mid-Dec.
  • This action is very typical and it shows that when the VA (or any federal agency) posts proposed regulations for public comment, they actually do review the submissions and take action.
  • It is an example that we hope encourages veterans and advocates to pay attention and offer input to the regulations that shape the programs used by veterans across the country.
  • This is also a way to influence policy just by using internet access.

VA is implementing a project called Advancing Telehealth through Local Access Stations, (ATLAS).

  • https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/68079/atlas-debuts-u-s-senate-demonstrates-future-health-care/
  • ATLAS will allow Veterans to undergo medical examinations at their local Veterans Service Organization posts through virtual appointments.
  • The first ATLAS debuted Oct. 16, at VFW Post 6786 in Eureka, Montana, where Veterans previously had to travel more than 225 miles to the nearest VA Medical Center.
  • VA reports that of the 9 million veterans who receive health care from the VA, one third live in a rural area or have limited access to high speed internet.
  • Veterans interested in the ATLAS program are encouraged to contact their local VA Medical Center.

Winston/Salem Regional VA Boots-2-Benefits Website: LINK
This website provides many links and information that also allows user to sign-up for a newsletter emailed directly to the veteran when released.

Boots-2-Benefits (NCPost-543 Org gateway): LINK
As a new service this website will now provide a link to a newsletter published each quarter by the VA Office in Winston-Salem, NC. This newletter will provide up-to-date information regarding VA benefits.

VA Weekly Newletter
You can sign-up to receive newletters from the VA at the following LINK.

Online Tool to File VA Disability Compensation
The VA unveiled an online tool that should be easier for veterans and advocates to file a claim for disability compensation.

The Federal Register published a final rule about the Grant Program for Case Management Services at:

o https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/26/2019-13500/case-management-services-grant-program

o The VA has established a new grant program to provide case management services to improve retention of housing by veterans

·      A proposed rule about the VA’s Health Professional Scholarship Program at:

o https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/06/25/2019-13382/health-professional-scholarship-program

o The VA aims to award not less than 50 scholarships each year to veteran students who are accepted to medical schools to become a physician or dentist and also agree to work for the VA.  The program will remain in place until the VA shortage in medical and dental professionals is reduced.

o Comments are due no later than Aug 26th.

 

   

Clothing Allowance

Dear VA Beneficiary,

Did you know that you may be eligible for an annual clothing allowance if you use a prosthetic or orthopedic appliance and/or medication for a service connected skin condition that causes permanent damage to your outer garments? 

If you’re eligible, and you haven’t yet applied for this year, you need to act fast! If you have already submitted your application, then no further action is required on your part. Your application should be submitted on or before August 1, 2018. To apply, submit (in person, by mail, or fax) VA Form 10-8678, Application for Annual Clothing Allowance, to the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service at your local VA medical center

Additional information on this benefit is available at https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/psas/Clothing_Allowance.asp.    6/26/18

 

VA HOME LOANS:    November 2017

The VA Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan (IRRRL) lowers your interest rate by refinancing your existing VA home loan. During FY17, VA guaranteed over 190,000 home loans under this program. In FY 2017, there were nearly 1,500 lenders that participate in the VA Home Loan program.

Regrettably, some lenders have taken advantage of Servicemembers and Veterans with VA home loans in the past. They have sent unsolicited offers to refinance VA mortgages with misleading advertising. If you have a VA home loan, there is a good chance you have already come into contact with unsolicited offers which appear official and may sound too good to be true.

The VA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) have issued their first Warning Order to Servicemembers and Veterans who currently have a VA home loan, as we have found that some of you are being targeted with misleading advertising.

Understand that certain advertised benefits, such as no out-of-pocket closing costs, skipped mortgage payments, and escrow refunds, are costs that are generally added to your loan and increase the overall principal balance. These are all red flags that may indicate that the loan is less likely to benefit you. Before you proceed with a VA mortgage refinance, be sure to consider the long-term and short-term benefits and consequences of refinancing your loan.

If you are contacted to refinance your VA mortgage, carefully consider your options and ask questions: 

  • Does a lower interest rate extend the term (i.e., 30-year fixed rate to another 30-year fixed rate)?
  • What are the financial implications when choosing between a fixed term and an adjustable rate mortgage loan?
  • What is your total payback for the new loan vs. the original loan?
  • Do offers of skipped payments or cash back ultimately get added to my loan amount?

If you have a problem with a VA mortgage refinance or other mortgage issues, you can submit a complaint to the CFPB online or by calling (855) 411-CFPB (2372). Please also see VA/CFPB’s blog on this topic at: LINK

We are working hard, along with other government agencies, to identify, stop, and prevent illegal and misleading advertising related to VA mortgages and refinancing. If you have questions that aren’t being answered by your lender, please get a second opinion from another lender, or call a VA loan specialist who is available to assist you from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday at (877) 827-3702.

As always, thank you for your service. 

Regards,

Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20420

 

 

 

 


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