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Veterans Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1, 2021 – May is Mental Health Awareness month!  The VA offers many resources to veterans suffering from mental health illnesses. The Military Health System and Department of Defense emphasize the importance of mental health and provide resources to our military communities.  There are many organizations that provide daily exercises Veterans can use to improve anxiety and depression.  For Veterans interested in learning more about Mental Health, you can follow the VA Mental Health Website Reference: Mental Health Awareness Month, US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Health Care, Quality of Care, Mental Health Awareness Month, https://www.va.gov/QUALITYOFCARE/education/Mental_Health_Awareness_Month.asp#:~:text=May%20is%20Mental%20Health%20Awareness,live%20a%20mentally%20healthy%20life!

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Accessing Your Veterans Disability Benefits – Update

April 29, 2021 – Veterans and their families must now go to VA.gov to access their benefits starting on April 30th.  The purpose of going through this site is so Veterans and their families only have to go through one website instead of using multiple website locations to review their status or benefits information.  The Veterans Administration is asking Veterans to begin logging on to the VA.gov site using their current Digital Service (DS) logon or create a new account.  Veterans can create a new account using ID.me.  Ebenefits will continue to function until March 31, 2022, until Veterans have had the opportunity to complete claims started on the new platform.  The VA states, VA.gov, will become the single source solution to access VA benefits and service information online. Reference: VA.gov site becomes central login for assessing benefits, US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, News Releases, April 29, 2021, https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5660

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Army Reserve Birthday

April 23, 2021 – Each year, on April 23rd, we celebrate the Army Reserve Birthday.  The Army Reserves will be celebrating their 113th birthday in 2021.  The Army Reserves celebrates each year on April 23rd, and they celebrate their contributions to World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and more missions worldwide. Happy Birthday, Army Reserves!!  Reference: Army Reserve Birthday, https://militarybenefits.info/army-reserve-birthday/

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Purple Up! Day

April 15, 2021 – Did you know the month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child?  This month is dedicated to military children and the important role they play in the armed forces community. April 15th is Purple Up! Day!  This is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and challenges they overcome. Military children have loved ones who may be serving overseas, are deployed to war, and/or are away from home serving our Nation for long periods of time.  This day we support and thank the military youth for their strength and sacrifice while their loved ones are away serving our Nation.  To support our military children, wearing purple is a visible way to show your support and thank our military youth. Reference: Month of the Military Child 2021, https://www.militarychild.org/MOMC_Toolkit

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Direct Deposit for Veterans Receiving Disability Pay

April 13, 2021 – Veterans who are receiving their disability compensation through a prepaid debit card or paper check could have their funds directly deposited into their bank accounts.  If a veteran opts in to direct deposit, they will receive their money automatically on time, every single time.  Veterans who do not have a bank account and may need assistance can receive help from the Veterans Benefits Banking Program (VBBP).  This program can assist veterans in obtaining a low or no cost account.  The VBBP also provides veterans access to financial services with participating banks.  The VBBP states they are partnered with the Association of Military Banks of America.  These programs cater to our service members and their needs. Reference:  “Direct Deposit puts Veterans in control of benefit payments”, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs, VA News Release, April 13, 2021

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Independent Living Assistance for Veterans Unable To Work

April 5, 2021 – The Independent Living Track was implemented to help Veterans and service members who are unable to work due to their service connected disabilities.  The Independent Living Track also assists Veterans trying to obtain a job through Vocational Rehabilitation.  Veterans may qualify for independent living services, if eligible.  Eligible Veterans must have a serious employment handicap, require aid to live as independently as possible, and their disabilities must prevent a Veteran from looking for or returning to work.  To apply, you can find this information here. Reference: “Veterans unable to work due to service-connected disability can qualify for independent living assistance”, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs, VA News Release, April 5, 2021, https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/86923/veterans-unable-work-due-service-connected-disability-can-qualify-independent-living-assistance/

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Compensation and Pension Examinations Resumed Nationwide

April 2, 2021 – The VBA has announced they have resumed C&P examinations nationwide.  The VA states they are using multiple approaches to reduce the backlog and their primary concern, at this time, is the health and safety of Veterans and the examination providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you had an in-person C&P examination scheduled during the pandemic, but you were unable to attend, you can now ask the VA to reschedule your C&P examination.  You must contact the original contract vendor identified on your letter notifying you of your prior C&P examination. Reference: “VBA has safely resumed in-person exams nationwide.”, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Dept of Veteran Affairs, VA News Release, April 2, 2021, https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/86896/vba-safely-resumed-in-person-exams-nationwide/

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National Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 29, 2021 – National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every year on March 29 to honor Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.  9 million Americans served during the Vietnam War Era from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975.  Over 58,000 veterans are memorialized on a black granite wall in our Nation’s capital.  Over 1200 Americans were missing in action (MIA) while serving in Vietnam, and around 2500 were prisoners of war (POW).  Every year, on March 29, many organizations host ceremonies and events to commemorate the anniversary of the Vietnam War.  Today we honor these Veterans and their families.  Thank you for your service! Reference: National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2021, https://militarybenefits.info/national-vietnam-war-veterans-day/

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How to Apply for Veterans Affairs Disability Benefits

If you served as a member of the military and were injured as a result of active service, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits. Veterans Affairs (VA)  disability benefits can provide valuable financial support, especially if your injuries or other conditions make it difficult for you to perform certain job duties. Here, we will discuss the basics of the VA disability benefits application process. Who Is Eligible for Veterans Affairs Disability Benefits?  There are a number of requirements you must meet to be eligible for VA disability benefits. First, you must have served on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. In addition, your injury, illness, or other condition must have a disability benefits rating. A disability rating is a rating of the severity of your injury on a scale of 0% to 100%. 100% represents the most severe injuries.  In addition to your active service and having a condition with a disability rating, you must satisfy one of the following requirements. In-Service VA Disability Benefits Claim If you contracted an illness or sustained an injury while serving in the military, you may have an in-service disability claim. You must currently still have the illness or injury. Preservice VA Disability Benefits Claim This type of claim means you had an injury or illness before serving in the military and serving made it worse.  Post Service VA Disability Benefits Claim A post service claim is appropriate if your condition did not appear until some time after you had stopped serving. This means that you sustained an injury or illness as a result of serving but did not become aware of your condition right away. How to Apply for VA Disability Benefits One of the most important aspects of filing a VA disability claim is gathering support for your claim. Before you apply for veterans disability benefits, you should take some time to compile evidence of your claim. Appropriate evidence includes any documents that provide proof of your injury or proof that your injury has gotten worse. This can include VA medical records as well as other hospital records. Doctors’ diagnoses, treatment notes, scans, and other information are important support for your claim. You can also submit statements from people that you served with, family members, employers, friends, and others. These statements can help to establish when your injury occurred or how it has gotten worse. Once you have gathered all the necessary documentation, you will fill out and submit a claim form along with your supporting documents. Some people are able to file their claim online. You can also file your claim by mail or in person at a Veterans Affairs regional office. What Happens After I File My VA Disability Benefits Claim? After you file your claim, the VA may request more information. In addition, they may schedule an examination for you to determine the severity of your condition. You can track the status of your disability benefits claim to keep track of what you need to do next. In general, the main thing you will do after filing your claim is to wait. It takes the VA about five months on average to review your claim and determine whether you will receive benefits. Talk to a Nationwide VA Disability Benefits Lawyer An experienced attorney can help guide you through the application process. The nationwide VA disability benefits attorneys at Gerling Law Disability Attorneys have over five decades of experience handling thousands of injury and disability claims. We are here to answer all your questions about how to apply for VA disability benefits. Remember, Go with Experience. Go with Gerling ®.

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