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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.  

     Also, make sure you have an Accredited Representative to help you file claims.  Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer, Tami King, is Accredited with the Texas Veterans Commission, VFW and American Legion, and National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. 

     Please share this information with other Veterans who may fall victim to these criminals.

Benefits Changes

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

June 2018:  Eligibility 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

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.  

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November 2017:  Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Program Options:  beginning November 15, 2017 any Veteran enrolled in VA Healthcare or CHAMPVA beneficiary will have the opportunity to choose between three (3) Delta Dental plans to meet their needs. 

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October 2017:  Retired Military:  Changes to the Tricare Checklist:  

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September 2017:  VA Selects Providers for Dental Insurance Program:  The new VA Dental Insurance program has been extended till December 31, 2021.    

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September 2017:  VA Education Benefits:  If you are using Chapter 33 (Post-9/11 GI Bill) or Chapter 35 (Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program): As long as your enrollment was submitted by your school, no further action is necessary to receive continued payment.  If you are using Chapters 30 or 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill) or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP): Continue to verify your attendance until further notice as if your school did not close.  This ensures continuation of your payments. Students may verify attendance using the WAVE website or by calling 1-877-VACERT.  If your school is open but you are unable to attend due to this event (e.g., displaced from your home), please contact your School Certifying Official as soon as possible to prevent possible overpayments.   
Please contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551 (Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST) for any questions about your GI Bill benefits. If you are unable to contact by phone, you can send a secure inquiry on the website using the “Submit a Question” button. 


August 2017:  Disaster Assistance for Veterans - Benefits Information Brochure available.  

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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February 2017:  Texas Veterans Land Board raises land loan limit to $150,000

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February 2017:  VA Health Eligibility Qualifications and New Prescription Copay Rates as of 27 February 2017.  

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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

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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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December 2016:  The policy has changed for Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care regarding Audiology appointments.  You can now schedule your appointment without a referral from your Primary Care Doctor.   Depending on your priority group you may have copays, so if you are unsure contact Admissions/Eligibility office.  See the attached flyer for telephone numbers for VAMC Kerrville and VAMC Audie Murphy.

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November 2016:  Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) is conducting an open season to allow a change of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) beneficiary from a deceased former spouse to a current spouse.  The window of opportunity expires November 24, 2016. 

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September 2016:  VA Plan to Expand Disability Benefits Re: Proposed presumptive disabilities for Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC for at least 30 days during 1 Aug 1953 to 31 Dec 1987.

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August 2016:  VA Provides Service Dog Benefits to Veterans with Mental Health Disorders.

August 2016:  Veterans who are Service Connected and rated or compensated at 100%, and Spouses that are enrolled in ChampVA are eligible for Dental care at a VA medical facility.

Gillespie County
Veterans Service Office
102 E San Antonio St
Suite B-2
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Telephone: (830) 997-3758
Fax: (830) 997-3245

Located: Annex 2 Bldg
(former clinic building)

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