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Latest Changes to the Post-9/11
GI Bill Transfer Rules
February 11, 2016
What changes were made? Lawmakers in the House agreed to cut in half the amount of housing
allowance children using a transferred GI Bill can receive in the future.
Right now kids who use the transfer
receive the same housing allowance their service member parent would, which,
most cases, is based on E-5 BAH rates at the location of their school. Lawmakers wanted to save some coin, so
they decided to cut that amount in half going forward, meaning that kids using a transferred bill can only receive half the rate.
Who does this impact? Let’s be
very clear: if you have already transferred the GI Bill to a child or make
by 180 days after the new rules are signed into law, you are safe. The changes specifically grandfather you in.
That means this only impacts people
who transfer the bill after that time frame, including those of you who
transfer the hot second your are eligible to do so, but will not make it in the window before the 180 day mark after the changes are in place. Sorry.
Speaking of, who is eligible?
To transfer the GI bill an active duty service member must have already
served six years, and
agree to a four years additional service obligation (known as an “ADSO.”) A child cannot start using the transfer until the
service member has hit 10 years in active service, and the child is 18 or has their high school diploma (or GED).
The GI Bill cannot be transferred after retirement.
Wait, wasn’t that timeline supposed
to change? You’re not imagining things.
The legislation that passed at one point included a measure that would’ve increased the time in service requirement
before transfer to 10 years, plus a two years ADSO. In a fancy eleventh hour move lawmakers kicked that section
out, and kept things at the current six plus four rule.
When does all of this become actual
law? Probably not for awhile. First, the Senate has to bust a move on similar
Then the whole thing has to be sent to the President for his signature. Watchdogs expect the Senate to move forward
with it, so it’s not safe to say “don’t worry, this won’t actually happen.” It IS happening – just not right this hot second.
So what should I do? If you are
eligible to transfer the GI bill, the answer is simple: transfer it! Transfer
Yes, right now. You can un-transfer it later if you want to … but you cannot go back in time and transfer it under
the current, more generous rules. Go here to start the transfer process.
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Signed into law H.R.91
Veterans Identification Card Act 2015
Authorizes/directs the VA to provide veterans ID cards to veterans meeting minimal military service guidelines...
Retired military and veterans already enrolled in the VA health care system would
not be eligible for the veterans ID, since they already receive photo IDs from DOD or VA.
There will be a cost to the applicant.
There will no doubt be a delay as personnel and systems are put in place to handle this....
Wording of the law follows
114th Congress Public Law 31]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
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A rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters tissues or organs
Chronic B-cell Leukemias
A type of cancer which affects white blood cells
Chloracne (or similar acneform disease)
A skin condition that occurs soon after exposure to chemicals and looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers.
Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
Diabetes Mellitus Type 2
A disease characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body’s inability to respond properly to the hormone insulin
A malignant lymphoma (cancer) characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia
Ischemic Heart Disease
A disease characterized by a reduced supply of blood to the heart, that leads to chest pain
A cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell in bone marrow
A group of cancers that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue
A progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects muscle movement
Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset
A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and motor weakness.
Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of herbicide exposure.
Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
A disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas.
Under VA's rating regulations, it must be at least 10 percent disabling within one year of exposure to herbicides.
Cancer of the prostate; one of the most common cancers among men
Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer)
Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus
Soft Tissue Sarcomas
(other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma)
A group of different types of cancers in body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues
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N2665 County Road QQ
King, WI 54946-0600
Phone: (715) 258-5586
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at Union Grove
21425 G Spring Street
Union Grove, WI 53182
Phone: (262) 878-6700
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Spooner, WI 54801
Phone: (715) 635-5360
Fax: (715) 635-5363
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Phone: (715) 258-5586 ext.2203
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Union Grove, WI 53182
Phone: (262) 878-5660
Fax: (262) 878-5664
email: Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery
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THER ARE CURRENTLY 17 VETERANS COURTS IN 33 COUNTIES IN WISCONSIN
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WHEN SHOULD YOU SUBMIT A COMPLAINT
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WAIT WE CARRY - OUR WOUNDED VETS
New Tool to Help Veterans Waiting for Claims
Caregivers of Recovering
Healthcare for Iraq/Afghan Veterans: Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
discharged from active duty on or after
January 28, 2003, may be eligible for five years of medical care. The Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to reach
out to eligible veterans who served “in a theater of combat operations” to let them know that they may be eligible for
complete health care coverage for five years post service. To determine eligibility, visit the Veterans
Health Administration website at: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/resources/eligibility_check.asp. The VHA website
provides comprehensive health benefits and includes a link to their fully developed Veterans Health Benefits Guide.
For more information, visit www.va.gov or call 1-877-222-VETS (8387), 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST.
VA Extends Presumptive Period for Undiagnosed Illnesses
On October 16, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published final regulations extending the deadline for
the presumptive period for undiagnosed illnesses for Gulf War veterans until December 31, 2016.
This is great news for the estimated 250,000 Gulf War veterans who remain without treatments.
Veterans & Families Benefits
Assistance for Veterans' Dependents
The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (also known as the Chapter 35 benefit program)
provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. Under the program, the dependent
can receive up to 45 months of educational benefits, which may be used for degree or certificate programs, apprenticeship,
or on-the-job training. Also included under the program are correspondence courses for the spouse of the veteran.
For more information, visit VA's Survivor and Dependents Assistance (DEA) webpage.
Veterans Benefits Explained - You May Be Eligible
ENTITLEMENT TO Dependency ad Indemnity Compensation
under 38 U.S.C. 1318.
Although the Veteran’s death may not be due to service-related conditions, Dependency and
Indemnity Compensation benefits may be payable as if the cause of death were service connected if
the cause of the veteran’s death was not due to willful misconduct and the veteran was continuously rated
totally disabled by reason of service connected disabilities for a period of 10 years or more immediately preceding death;
or for five years if the total evaluation was continuously in effect from the date of discharge from military service;
or for one year if the veteran was a former POW who died after September 30, 1999.
MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS DIRECTORY
SERVICE POINTS OF CONTACT
Once the family of an eligible veteran has requested Military Funeral Honors, you can use this directory
to locate a military point of contact to help you arrange for the funeral honors detail.
Social Security Benefits For Wounded Warriors
Obtaining Veteran Service Documents
Army veterans and family members are eligible to receive service-related documents for free through official sources.
Soldiers who separated in October, 2002 or later can submit a signed Standard Form 180/Request Pertaining to
Military Records (www.archives.gov/research/order/standard-form-180.PDF) to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command,
ATTN: AHRC-PDR-V/ Department 420, 1600 Spearhead Division Ave., Fort Knox, KY 40122-5402. Soldiers who separated
prior to October, 2002 should submit a signed SF 180 to the National Archives and Records Administration's National
Personnel Records Center, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63132-1002, or telephone the NPRC at 314-801-0800.
National Guard Soldiers should contact their State Adjutant General at their state's address found at
www.nationalguard.mil/resources/states.aspx. Veterans can also access their information directly at eBenefits at www.ebenefits.va.gov .
For more information, telephone the Army Human Resource Command at 1-888-ARMYHRC (276-9472).
MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS
Family members of the deceased veteran should first notify their funeral director of their desire to have military funeral honors rendered.
(There is no cost to the veteran's family to have military funeral honors provided by WDVA or the military.)
The family should provide the funeral director with the following information, if available:
deceased, date of birth, Social Security number, form DD-214 (discharge),
or any other proof of veteran status or eligibility for burial honors.
•Branch of service and type of service (active, reserve, National Guard, retired).
The funeral director or family member, if not using a funeral director, should then contact:
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VIETNAM VETS INFORMATION
For the purposes of VA compensation benefits, Veterans who served anywhere in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975
are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides, as specified in the Agent Orange Act of 1991. These Veterans do not need to show that they were exposed to
Agent Orange or other herbicides in order to get disability compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange exposure.
Service in Vietnam means service
on land in Vietnam or on the inland waterways of Vietnam.
This includes Veterans who either set foot in Vietnam (This includes brief visits ashore, such as when a ship docked to the shore of
Vietnam or when a ship operated in Vietnam’s close coastal waters for extended periods and crew members went ashore, or smaller vessels from
the ship went ashore with supplies or personnel. The Veteran further must provide a statement of personally going ashore.) or
served on a ship while it operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam.
Water Veterans are not presumed to have been exposed to Agent Orange
or other herbicides unless they set foot in Vietnam or served
aboard ships that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam anytime between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975. Check VA's list of
U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam. Evidence confirmed through military records must show that the Veteran was aboard one of these ships.
Veterans who were exposed to
Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service may be eligible
for a variety of VA
benefits, including an Agent Orange Registry health exam, health care, and disability compensation for diseases associated with exposure.
Their dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits. Learn more about benefits related to Agent Orange exposure.
The VA can help determine eligible service in Vietnam after you file a claim for disability compensation, survivors' benefits, or benefits for children with birth defects.
Veterans may be eligible for
an Agent Orange Registry health exam. You don't have to file a disability
compensation claim to receive the exam.
Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator about getting an Agent Orange Registry health exam.
Self-Help Guide to Service-Connected Disability Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange for Veterans and
Their Families published in June 2011. You may also want to visit the VA website on Military Exposures.
Veterans Job Bank
2 Hired (Vets Jobs Site)
My Next Move for Veterans is an easy-to-use online tool that allows veterans to enter information
about their experience and skills in the field, and match it with civilian careers that put that experience to use.
The site also includes information about salaries, apprenticeships, and other related education and training programs.
The Veteran Gold Card provides post-9/11 veterans with extra support as they transition out of the military.
Once a veteran has downloaded the Veteran Gold Card, he or she can access six months of Free personalized case
management, assessments and counseling at the roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers located across the country.
Priority 7-8 Veterans (Have No Service Connected Disability)
Inpatient Co-Payments - $10 day + $1132 for first 90 days $566 after 90 days (Based on 365 day period)
Outpatient Co-Payments - $15 primary Care - $50 Speciality Care
Xrays-Lab-Immunizations - No Co-Payment
$9 for 30 day supply of VA Prescriptions
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