Veterans Administration Web Sites / Resources
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.
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.
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 tool is described at:
The tool itself is found at
The tool asks some basic questions to get started and even steers the user toward the proper appeal route if that is the next step. It looks good to me but we’d love to get feedback from how useful it is and if it is easier than the paper form (for those with internet access).
The Federal Register published a final rule about the Grant Program for Case Management Services at:
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 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.
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.
Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20420