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Reminder to Veterans,
You should never pay an individual or an organization to file your VA disability or pension claim. There are organizations and individuals that will make you big promises for a high fee. This is against the law ... this is criminal and if you hear of people doing this they should be reported to the VA Office of the Inspector General.
Please share this information with other Veterans who may fall victim to these criminals.
January 2019: Blue Water Navy Veterans Court Decision - Urgent to Submit Intent to File: Blue Water Veterans must have actually stepped foot on the land of Vietnam or served on its inland waterways anytime between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 to be presumed to have been exposed to herbicides when claiming service-connection for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure. Some offshore vessels docked to the shore of Vietnam, operated in Vietnam's close coastal waters and sent smaller vessels ashore, or conducted operations on the inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. Evidence confirmed through military records must show that the Veteran was aboard one of these ships. Blue Water Veterans who did not set foot in Vietnam or serve aboard ships that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam anytime between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 must show on a factual basis that they were exposed to herbicides during military service in order to receive disability compensation for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.
1. Review the attached list of Agent Orange Disabilities. If you have been DIAGNOSED with one or more disabilities, continue to the next steps.
2. Fill out the Blue Water Navy Worksheet.
3. Fill out the attached VA form 21-22 and VA form 21-0966 (this will lock in your effective date).
4. Call me (830-997-3758) for an appointment to fax in the above 2 documents and I will give you DBQ's (Disability Benefits Questionnaires) for your private Physician to complete. I will review other documents I need.
5. DO NOT WALK IN TO MY OFFICE WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT. To save your effective date in January, documents must be faxed in January OR if approved for the disability you will lose a month's pay if it is received Feb 1 or after. These will be 5 MINUTE APPOINTMENTS on Jan 30 and Jan 31.
6. You will then be scheduled an appointment (when you have the physician documents completed) to process your formal claim.
FIND YOUR MONTHLY PREMIUM AND REVIEW PLANS:
October 2018: TRDP-The Retiree Dental Plan through Delta Dental goes away on 31 Dec 2018. Multiple new plans are now available. If you have a local dentist, please make sure you check with him/her if your selected new dental insurance is accepted before you elect it. Open Season to Enroll is: November 12 - December 10, 2018. If you do not enroll during this time frame, you have to wait till next year during open season. To decide which plan you want to enroll in for 2019, click below for the Link to TriCare Benefeds and FEDVIP plans and premiums.
Click here for TriCareBenefeds Link
June 2018: For Military Retirees - The (SSIA) Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance for Surviving Spouses is now a permanent benefit paid at $310.00 per month plus cost of living increase. This pertains to Surviving Spouses who are entitled to receive DIC (VA serviced connected death benefit) and it offsets the SBP. The $310.00 is a consolation prize because you cannot receive both.
Click here for DFAS Retiree June Newsletter
March 2018: VA Health Care Travel Pay depending on VA Service Connected disability. Who is eligible: Veteran must be enrolled in VA Health Care. If you have VA Service Connected disability rated at 30%-100%, you may get travel pay for all medical appointments (labs, doctor appointments, etc.). If you have VA Service Connected disability rated at or less than 30% (0%-20%), you may get travel pay for only service connected medical appointments. Round trip Mileage is based on your home (not mailing PO Box address). If you have filed a Service Connected Disability Claim, you will have a Disability Medical Exams (enrollment in VA Health care not required). You will receive round trip mileage reimbursement for this exam. For Veterans enrolled in VA Health Care, you should have a VA Health Photo ID Card to apply for your travel reimbursement at the kiosks located in the VA health facility or you must go to the Travel Office at the VA Health facility to apply for the reimbursement.
click here for information
October 2017: Retired Military: Changes to the Tricare Checklist:
click here for information
August 2017: Disaster Assistance for Veterans - Benefits Information Brochure available.
August 2017: Assistance for Veterans with hearing loss to obtain a free Cap Tel Captioned Telephone. The link below is the certification link to be certified by your physician or audiologist:
Heroes with Hearing Loss Link
The link to Cap Tel: http://www.hamiltoncaptel.com/veterans/
The link to Heroes with Hearing Loss, resource site: http://www.heroeswithhearingloss.org/solutions/
August 2017: For Military Retirees- There are currently no changes projected to Tricare for Life (for age 65 and older). Read the attached article about the changes to Tricare Standard and Tricare Prime for FY 2018 & 2019.
June 2017: Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers: for Post 9/11 Veterans who have a serious injury that happened in the line of duty after 9/11/2001. It is a program that may pay family caregivers to care for the Veteran.
click here for information
March 2017: VA's rule establishes presumption of service connection for diseases associated with exposure to contaminants in water supply at Camp Lejeune. If anyone needs assistance with filing a claim, contact 830-997-3758.
February 2017: Texas Veterans Land Board raises land loan limit to $150,000
February 2017: VA Health Eligibility Qualifications and New Prescription Copay Rates as of 27 February 2017.
January 2017: New VA Disability Presumptives for Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water / Submit Claims Now.
Click here for press release.
To clarify: This affects the water sources of Camp Lejeune which includes MCAS New River, satellite camps and base housing areas.
1. If you served there during the dates specified, you need to find proof that you served there for 30 days or more of CUMULATIVE days of active duty (5 days, 10 days, 15 days or continuous 30 days). Find copies of orders, training certificates, award citations, etc. Put a copy of the PROOF in your file with my office. This may require ordering your service records from the National Archives.
2. If you have a diagnosis of one of the 8 disabilities listed, then the above info applies (find proof of service) and then contact me for an appointment so that I can give you the appropriate (DBQ) Disability Benefits Questionnaire for your physician to complete with supporting private treatment records.
January 2017: DoD Announces New Outreach Efforts to Veterans Regarding Discharges and Military Records
December 2016: Linked article outlines the latest change in the law that governs DFAS and the military taxing medical separation from the service due to combat related injuries since 1991. Anyone who was separated from the military due to a combat related injury since 1991 was taxed by DFAS at the 25% rate, and they should NOT have been, congress has ordered DFAS to contact the veterans and inform them how to seek relief. The VA sometimes recouped the money that was severance pay, but was not supposed to for combat injuries/conditions per the PEB/MEB/IDES paperwork.
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Veterans Service Office
102 E San Antonio St
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
Telephone: (830) 997-3758
Fax: (830) 997-3245
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(former clinic building)
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