Service Officer's Report
I am here to assist you in obtaining the government benefits that you deserve because of your military service. I am here not only to assist you but also your families to get the services that addresses their overall health and well-being, from their physical to their emotional to their financial health. It is imperative that all veterans are receiving the assistance that they need to live a full and productive life. We all know veterans and family members that are hurting. Please do your part by referring or better yet taking the veteran to get help. Not only does the VFW have service officers but other veteran organizations such as the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). If you are suffering please seek help.
Service Officer’s are here to help, but they cannot help if they do not know your needs.
Jon D. Rhoads, Service Officer
District 5 Service Officer Notes
1. Veterans Given a Year to Close Incomplete VA Enrollment Applications: This week, VA announced that it will conduct intensive outreach to the 545,000 veterans with pending incomplete enrollment applications. In a year, VA will close incomplete applications, meaning veterans would have to reapply if they are not able to complete their applications within a year. The VFW will work with VA to ensure veterans who have incomplete applications are contacted and given the opportunity to complete their applications. If you would like to confirm the status of your enrollment application or would like to apply for VA health care, contact the VA Health Eligibility Center at: 1-877-222-VETS FREE (8387).
2. Help with Choice Program Billing Issues: VA has established a phone number, 877-881-7618FREE, for veterans to call if their credit has been adversely impacted by private sector health care providers improperly billing them for care VA is required to pay. The VFW urges any veteran being pursued by collection agencies to seek VA’s assistance. However, veterans who were sent a bill from a Choice Program provider should contact the Choice Program call center, 866-606-8198 FREE, to determine if VA is liable for the cost of the care.
3. DOD Improves Discharge Upgrade Process for Veterans with PTSD: On September 3, 2014, then Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a memo instructing Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) to grant “liberal consideration” to requests for discharge upgrades from veterans who may have been suffering from PTSD before it was a recognized diagnosis. Previously, those upgrade requests would have been denied, because veterans had no way of proving they had PTSD while still in service. The policy change was especially helpful for Vietnam veterans, whose post-service PTSD diagnoses had not been recognized by the BCM/NR up to that point. Unfortunately, the memo did not explicitly allow veterans who had been denied under the old rules to reapply under the new rules. To correct this error, DOD issued a memo on February 24, 2016, clarifying that those veterans may reapply under the new policy. It also waives the statute of limitations in those cases. If you or someone you know wishes to apply for a discharge upgrade under this policy, visit:http://arba.army.pentagon.mil/adrb-ptsd.cfm.
To read the February 24 DOD memo, click here:http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/Consideration_on_Discharge_Upgrade_Requests.pdf.
District V Service Officer
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