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Enhancements to the Decision Ready Claims Program

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Enhancements to the Decision Ready Claims Program

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) ongoing efforts to modernize and improve the Veterans’ experience with the disability claims process, VA is pleased to inform you about the agency’s latest enhancements to the Decision Ready Claims (DRC) program, which will expand the pool of Veterans, surviving spouses, and Servicemembers eligible to participate in the unique claims submission program. In addition to claims for increased disability compensation (commonly known as claims for increase), Veterans will be able to file certain claims for direct service connection, presumptive service connection, and secondary service connection. Additionally, surviving spouses will be able to file certain claims for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, and transitioning Servicemembers will be able to file pre-discharge claims within 180 days from discharge. VA will begin accepting these new claims on December 11, 2017. In the future, VA aims to continue adding enhancements where possible so more Veterans can take advantage of DRC and faster decisions on their claims.

For more information about DRC, please visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/DRC.asp. Thank you for your continued support of VA and our joint partnerships in our commitment to Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families.


Relocation of the “Joe Bibich” Veterans Service Office

For immediate release:

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter 975 are announcing the relocation of the “Joe Bibich” Veterans Service Office from Golden Valley to 220 N. 1st St., Kingman, AZ 86401. (near Locomotive Park)

The Kingman office will be fully open for business on Monday, December 4th.

Services are available to all veterans include assistance with claims, benefits and a Vet Center that works with combat veterans and spousal support.

There is never any cost to veterans and their families using these resources. Contact information for the VSO office is 928-377-1101 and VSO@vva975.vet The Vet Center can be reached called at 928-565-7785. Please leave a message if no one answers right away and we will contact you as soon as possible. Appointments are always recommended but walk-ins are also welcome.

All veterans and family members are invited to an “Open House” on Friday, December 8th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Sue Bibich will be there to join in this event. For more information about this valuable resource please contact Pat Farrell at president@vva975.vet

Pat Farrell, President

Vietnam Veterans of America, Mohave County Chapter 975

PO Box 184
Kingman, AZ 86402

928-716-3001

 

 


Vietnam Veterans give therapy rides to fellow Vets in 1968 Huey Helicopter

On the tarmac at the Bud Field Aviation Hanger, there’s a sound familiar to all Vietnam Combat  Veterans. The deep, loud ‘thud, thud, thud’ of a Huey helicopter. This distinct sound meant supplies, medic rescue, and most importantly, that they were going home.

Source: Vietnam Veterans give therapy rides to fellow Vets in 1968 Huey Helicopter


Cross-country horseback rider finishing dad’s bucket list

KINGMAN – Cliff Romberger served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 and died in 2015 of a brain disease as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. He was a lifelong horseman and never fulfilled his last bucket list item: to ride coast to coast on horseback. His son is now fulfilling that wish.

Source: Cross-country horseback rider finishing dad’s bucket list

Chairman Roe: PTSD is a Treatable Condition


Chairman Roe: PTSD is a Treatable Condition

Washington, June 7, 2017 | For more information, contact: Tiffany Haverly, (202) 225-3527
Today, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, chaired by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), held a hearing to promote wellness and healing for veterans experiencing PTSD.
Opening Remarks As Prepared for Delivery

During the Civil War, it was called “soldier’s heart.”

During World War I, it was called “shell shock.”

During World War II, it was called, “battle fatigue.”

Today, we know it as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and last fiscal year alone almost six hundred thousand veterans sought care for it from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

During today’s hearing, we are going to discuss whether the current system of VA health care services and benefits effectively promotes wellness and supports veterans with PTSD in seeking treatment.

– See more at: https://veterans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=1783#sthash.sUNQipC4.dpuf

Source: Chairman Roe: PTSD is a Treatable Condition