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Veterans' Compensation for Service-Connected Disabilities

 Im not sure whats going on I cant access http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ at this time.  While trying to figure out why I came across this

Site: http://www.benefits.gov/. They are still using VONAP and eBenefits I belive but I wanted to post some infor on  Benefits.gov (formerly GovBenefits.gov)
 

It was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. Eight years after its initial launch, GovBenefits.gov underwent a major redesign and became Benefits.gov. However, the program's mission remains the same: reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information.

 

Veterans' Compensation Information they have posted....

 Program Description
The Veterans Administration (VA) provides eligible disabled Veterans with VA Disability Compensation, a monthly tax-free payment whose amount will depend on the degree of the Veteran's disability.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have a service-connected disability resulting from injury or disease that was incurred in or aggravated by your active military service.

Compensation may also be paid to certain Veterans who were disabled from VA health care or while participating in VA Vocational Rehabilitation or Compensated Work Therapy programs.

Your service length is not considered when the VA determines your eligibility.


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VA Issues New Report on Suicide Data

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released a comprehensive report on Veterans who die by suicide. In the past, data on Veterans who died by suicide was only available for those who had sought VA health care services. Today’s report also includes state data for Veterans who had not received health care services from VA, which will help VA strengthen its aggressive suicide prevention activities. The report indicates that the percentage of Veterans who die by suicide has decreased slightly since 1999, while the estimated total number of Veterans who have died by suicide has increased. 

 

Immediate help is available at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net or by calling the Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (push 1) or texting 838255. 

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Fifth Grade Students Recognized for Supporting Veterans and VA Research

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development (ORD) honored two students for their efforts to raise awareness about Veterans and VA Research. At an afternoon ceremony held this summer at VA’s central office, Francesca Cetta and Claire Quigley were recognized by Dr. Madhulika Agarwal, VHA Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services for their “outstanding efforts on behalf of VA Research and its mission to improve the lives of Veterans.” 

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MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS TO CONTINUED CARE AND ENHANCEMENT OF SUPPORT SERVICES (MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS) ACT

(Washington, D.C.) – As it becomes increasingly clear that the Pentagon and VA are losing the battle on mental and behavioral health conditions that are confronting so many of our servicemembers and veterans, Senator Murray gave a speech on the Senate floor to introduce her new servicemembers and veterans mental health legislation, the Mental Health ACCESS Act of 2012. Her speech also comes as the Pentagon begins a comprehensive military-wide review, which Senator Murray urged Secretary Panetta to conduct on diagnoses for the invisible wounds of war dating back to 2001. The misdiagnosis of behavioral health conditions has been a constant problem for soldiers at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, where to date over 100 soldiers and counting have had their correct PTSD diagnosis restored following reevaluation.  

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Programs Assist Veterans with Jobs, Education, Homes

Programs Assist Veterans with Jobs, Education, Homes


 

 WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants veterans to know about their benefits, from job and education opportunities to home loans and programs for those who are disabled, a VA official said yesterday.  Veterans caught in today’s high rate of unemployment likely can find a job in one of the more than 200 high-demand careers that have been identified by the Department of Labor, said Curtis Coy, VA’s deputy under secretary for economic opportunity. Those occupations are listed on the VA’s website.  

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VA Partnership Aims to House 10,000 Homeless Veterans

From a Department of Veterans Affairs News Release
WASHINGTON, May 30, 2012
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that it will collaborate with the “100,000 Homes” campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless veterans this year.  “President [Barack] Obama and I are personally committed to ending homelessness among veterans,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki said in a VA news release. “Those who have served this nation as veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope.”  

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Panetta:Service Members Must Represent Best of America

 

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2012

It is more important than ever that service members exercise judgment in the age of Twitter, You Tube, Flickr, I-Phones and Facebook, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told troops at Fort Benning, Ga., today.  The secretary spoke to the men and women of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. He spoke about how the actions of a very small number of service members have affected crucial operations. Today, it can take only seconds for a photo to become an international headline, Panetta said. “And those headlines can impact the mission that we’re engaged in,” the secretary said. “They can put your fellow service members at risk. They can hurt morale. They can damage our standing in the world, and they can cost lives.”

 

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President Issues Armed Forces Day Proclamation

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2012
In a proclamation issued today declaring May 19 Armed Forces Day, President Barack Obama urged all Americans to recognize and honor U.S. military members for their “unparalleled service” in defense of the nation.

“With every assignment and in every theater, America's men and women in uniform perform their duties with the utmost dignity, honor, and professionalism,” Obama said in his proclamation. “Through their dauntless courage and dedication, they live up to our nation's highest ideals in even the most perilous circumstances.” 

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Information on How Military Service & Retirement Affect Social Security Disability Payments

Because the question keeps arising, with little or no answers, I have researched and found this list of links from nationalresourcedirectory.gov on How VA and Military Service &/or Retirement can Affect you Social Security Disability Payments and how you TRICARE (formerly CHAMPUS) or CHAMPVA programs are affected by Medicare. and more.

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House panel approves automatic veterans COLAs

A House subcommittee moved Wednesday to erase a tiny bit of uncertainty over cost-of-living adjustments in veterans’ disability and survivor benefits by passing a bill that would provide automatic annual increases beginning next year.

There is little doubt that under current law, veterans receive the same COLA that goes to Social Security beneficiaries. Every year since 1983, Congress has passed, and the sitting president has signed, a bill that ensures that veterans’ disability compensation and survivors’ dependency and indemnity compensation increases on Dec. 1 by the same percentage as Social Security.

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