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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.


VVA Applauds Roe, Walz, Veterans Community for Support of Forever GI Bill

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2017  No. 17-26Contact: Mokie Porter301-996-0901; 301-585-4000, Ext. 146VVA Applauds Roe, Walz, Veterans Community for Support of Forever GI Bill (Washington, DC) –“The Forever GI bill will make the GI Bill a lifetime benefit, so that veterans can go to school when it’s right for them — not when the government tells them to,” said John Rowan, President of Vietnam Veterans of America. “Vietnam Veterans of America has long advocated for improvements to the GI Bill to allow veterans greater flexibility in accessing their educational and vocational benefits. We are glad that veterans will no longer be forfeiting their educational benefits because their timing didn’t fit the government’s random guidelines.” The removal of the arbitrary, 15-year time limit will benefit veterans on two ends of the employment continuum: ·

In many cases, veterans are unable to use the GI Bill because health and family have to be their main priorities when they transition out of the service. ·

For others, a successful transition may mean beginning a career as soon as they leave the service. However, if unforeseen economic and technological changes end that career, a veteran would under current rules have lost their eligibility to retrain under the GI Bill. “We are thankful to Chairman Roe, Ranking Member Walz, and the members of the ‘Forever GI Bill Coalition’ for fighting with us to ensure that future veterans have an improved, lifetime GI Bill,” said Rowan. “We will continue to fight for those left ineligible for the GI Bill benefits due to unfair administrative discharges.” Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation’s only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA’s founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

 


Shulkin offers first glimpse at new VA Choice plan

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin offered the first glimpse of his plan to redesign the current Veterans Choice Program. He’s calling it the Veterans’ Coordinated Access Rewarding Experience (CARE) Program, and under the new initiative, veterans would no longer access community providers based on a set of arbitrary, administrative rules.

Source: Shulkin offers first glimpse at new VA Choice plan


Positive change is sweeping through Arizona under permanent VA leadership – VAntage Point

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Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:57 pm

Posted in Health, MyVA by Jessica Slider

Permanent leadership is now on board at Arizona’s three VA health care systems and positive change is sweeping throughout the state. With three VA hospital campuses, 25 clinics, nine Vet Centers, two cemeteries and one regional office, VA now has new leadership onboard that is dedicated to improve health care access to the more than 532,000 Veterans they serve. RimaAnn Nelson, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, meets with volunteers prior to the local point-in-time homeless count. “This is not the health care system it was in April 2014,” said RimaAnn Nelson, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System.  “We still have areas to improve and we will not stop looking at ways to improve our health care delivery.  “But I am proud to say, Phoenix VA has truly become the location for innovation.”

Source: Positive change is sweeping through Arizona under permanent VA leadership – VAntage Point

Website updates for Arizona Council of Vietnam Veterans of America

We have recently updated several pages of http://www.vvaarizona.org website.  These updates include:

For mobile devices (tablets and smart phones) visit our  updated mobile site:  AZ VVA Council – Mobile