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Benefits Changes


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.

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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.

December 2015:  Expansion of Property Tax Exemption Benefit for Surviving Spouses of 100% Disabled Veterans & member of the Armed Services killed in action

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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