Veterans Affairs
Jack Ryan, VSO

MONTGOMERY GI BILL-SELECTIVE RESERVE

Members of the Reserve and the National Guard may be eligible for up to 36 months of educational benefits.
To qualify:

Have a six year Obligation to the reserve or Guard
Complete initial active duty for training
Meet the requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalent
Remain in good standing with the Reserve or Guard unit

PAYMENTS:
The rate for full time training effective Oct. 1, 2013is $362.00 per month Part-time rates are reduced proportionately. Eligibility expires 15 years from the last period of active duty.

 

VA HEALTH BENEFITS

Home Health Care
Home Health Care includes VA’s Skilled Home Health Care Services and Homemaker and Home Health Aid Services.
Skilled Home Health Care Services
These services are in-home services provided by specially trained personnel, including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and social workers. Care includes clinical assessments, treatment planning, treatment provision, health status monitoring, patient and family education, reassessment, referral, and follow up.
Homemaker/Home Health Aide Services
These services are personal care and related support services that enable frail and disabled Veterans to live at home.
Family Caregivers Program
This program provides support and assistance to caregivers of Post 9/11 Veterans and Service Members being medically discharged. Eligible Family Caregivers can receive a stipend, training, mental health services, travel and lodging reimbursement, and access to health insurance if they are not already under a health care plan. For more information, contact www.caregiver.va.gov, or by call 1-877-222-8387.
Please remember our Service Members who are away from home and cannot join us. Keep them in your prayers.
God Bless America.

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Veteran’s Affairs Report for February 2016

Veterans Affairs
Jack Ryan, VSO

Members of the Reserve and the National Guard may be eligible for up to 36 months of educational benefits.
To qualify:
1. Have a six year Obligation to the reserve or Guard
2. Complete initial active duty for training
3. Meet the requirements to receive a high school diploma or equivalent
4. Remain in good standing with the Reserve or Guard unit
PAYMENTS:
The rate for full time training effective Oct. 1, 2013is $362.00 per month Part-time rates are reduced proportion-lately. Eligibility expires 15 years from the last period of active duty.

VA HEALTH BENEFITS
Home Health Care
Home Health Care includes VA’s Skilled Home Health Care Services and Homemaker and Home Health Aid Ser-vices.
Skilled Home Health Care Services
These services are in-home services provided by specially trained personnel, including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and social workers. Care includes; clinical assessments, treatment plan-ning, treatment provision, health status monitoring, patient and family education, reassessment, referral and follow up.
Homemaker/Home Health Aide Services
These services are personal care and related support services that enable frail and disabled Veterans to live at home.
Family Caregivers Program
This program provides support and assistance to caregivers of Post 9/11 Veterans and Service Members being medically discharged. Eligible Family Caregivers can receive a stipend, training, mental health services, travel and lodging reimbursement, and access to health insurance if they are not already under a health care plan. For more information contact www.caregiver.va.gov or call 1-877-222-8387.

As the St. Patrick’s celebration season arrives and we all celebrate our Patron Saint and our rich heritage please remember our Service Members who are away from home and cannot join us. Keep them in your prayers.
God Bless America.

Veteran’s Affairs Report for December 2015

Veterans Affairs Jack Ryan, VSO

Many of our young men and women will be serving overseas this Christmas Season. Please keep them in your prayers.

Just 19 words
God Our Father, Walk Through My House and Take
Away All My Worries; and Please Watch Over and Heal
My Family and Please Protect Our Freedoms and Watch Over Our Troops Who Are Defending Those Freedoms.
Amen

Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year
God bless America

Veterans Affairs Report for September 2015

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our newly elected President, Tim Mc Sweeney, for appointing me to this office. I will endeavor to keep our brother Veterans up to date on events that pertain to them. If any of our brother/sister veterans have questions about their VA entitlements, please contact me and I will be glad to help them out.

The following article was brought to my attention by Brother Tim McNulty of Commodore John Barry Division 2.

VA LAUNCHES NEW NO-COST COMPUTER TRAINING PROGRAM

The VA launched two no-cost computer training programs on August 5, 2015. The Accelerated Learning Programs and the VA Learning Hubs are designed to help transitioning
Service members and Veterans from all eras to learn computer skills.

VA is piloting ALPs this summer with seven courses focusing on building skills and certifications needed to advance in high-demand careers. Each APL course is offered at no cost and includes free referral and support services.

The first cohort includes courses covering a range of IT-related topics, including:

Coding/Programming Boot Camp

80+ Certifications in Hardware, Software, Networking, Web Services, etc.

Network Support Engineer Job Training and Certification

Cyber security Training and Certification

IT Help Desk Training and
IT Boot Camps for Desktop
Support and Windows Expertise.

Applications will be accepted starting August 17, 2015. APLs do not involve the use of the GI Bill Post 9/11. Visit the APL website for more information.

Please keep all our Veterans in your prayers. God Bless America.

Jack Ryan, VSO
AOH New York State Veterans Affairs Chairman

Veterans Affairs

I have been asked by several Brothers about the changes to TRICARE insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The following is a summary of the changes.

 

TRICARE Retiree Dental

Program Changes

 

Effective October 1, 2013, all TRICARE Retirees Dental Program beneficiaries will be required to pay their monthly premiums by Electronic Funds Transfer or through military pay allotments. The ability to pay premiums by check or through an online bill pay system will end in September. Most TRPD enrollees will need to take no action; however, Delta Dental sent letters to all TRPD participants on July 19, 2013 with information on where to submit EFT authorization forms and how to submit an EFT authorization forms and how to send EFT authorization on line at www.trpd.com.

 

TRICARE PHARMACY

UPDATE

 

In February TRICARE started a one-year pilot program requiring TFL beneficiaries to switch to home delivery for name brand maintenance medication refills. During the transition period, the program allowed for two courtesy retail pharmacy fills before being charged full price. Now that change is two months into the program, those who have not converted to home delivery yet may be subject to having to pay full price with their next attempted retail refill. If you are a TFL beneficiary and have not done so already, it is strongly recommended that you switch to home delivery to avoid unnecessary charges.   For more information or to switch, call 1-877-363-1303.

 

FYI: In keeping with its long time policy of supporting the military, Sears not only saves an employee’s position while on active duty but also pays the difference between the military salary and Sears salary. In addition, it maintains health benefits for both the employee and the family while the employee is on active duty. Not many companies have a policy like this. Please keep this in mind when you are doing your Christmas shopping and let them know why you are shopping there.

 

This is a tough time of year to be away from home. Please remember all our military in your prayers. If you know someone on active duty make sure to send them a card. Many parishes maintain a list of parishioners with their addresses.

 

Have a Happy and Holy Christmas and a healthy New Year. God Bless America.

Veterans Affairs

I have been asked by several Brothers about the changes to TRICARE insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The following is a summary of the changes.

TRICARE Retiree Dental
Program Changes

Effective October 1, 2013, all TRICARE Retirees Dental Program beneficiaries will be required to pay their monthly premiums by Electronic Funds Transfer or through military pay allotments. The ability to pay premiums by check or through an online bill pay system will end in September. Most TRPD enrollees will need to take no action; however, Delta Dental sent letters to all TRPD participants on July 19, 2013 with information on where to submit EFT authorization forms and how to submit an EFT authorization forms and how to send EFT authorization on line at www.trpd.com.
TRICARE PHARMACY
UPDATE

In February, TRICARE started a one-year pilot program requiring TFL beneficiaries to switch to home delivery for name brand maintenance medication refills. During the transition period, the program allowed for two courtesy retail pharmacy fills before being charged full price. Now that change is two months into the program, those who have not converted to home delivery yet may be subject to having to pay full price with their next attempted retail refill. If you are a TFL beneficiary and have not done so already, it is strongly recommended that you switch to home delivery to avoid unnecessary charges. For more information or to switch, call 1-877-363-1303.

FYI: Here is what Happened on January 1, 2014
Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%
Top income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%
Capital Gains Tax Went from 15% to 28%
Dividend Tax went from 15% to 39.6%
Estate Tax went from 0% to 55%
All these taxes were all passed under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama Care.
Please keep all our Veterans in your prayers.
God Bless America.

Veteran’s Affairs

Veterans’ ID Cards get a new look and better security.
Veterans who are enrolled in the VA Health Care program should be on the lookout for a new ID card. The VA is replac-ing the current version of the card with a more secure version. The card will more closely re-semble a traditional ID card is-sued by major health providers. The card will include a small logo of the beneficiary’s branch of service along with other ser-vice-related information. The VA began sending the cards out on April 1 and estimates that all should have the new cards by late August. The current cards can be used until a new one is received. For more info go to bit.ly/vacards or call 877 222-8387

DOD PLANS TO OVERHAUL TRICARE
The proposed 2015 budget seeks to overhaul the current TRICARE system and create a new consolidated system which would eliminate the three current programs (Prime, Extra and Standard) replacing them with a single system. The simpler sys-tem would provide beneficiaries with “open access to providers and less complexity in their health plan.”

I received the following infor-mation from Brother Vic Vogel about a program being run by Division 7 in Suffolk County. It would be great if all of us in the State did something similar. If you are, let me know and I will be proud to publish it for you.

Brother Tony Scott was asked by Vick Vogel to help start up a program to assist veterans in Suffolk County. They developed a partnership with Suffolk County United Veterans to collect food for a pantry of Homeless Veterans in Suffolk. On a monthly basis, they contact the veteran’s organizations as to their specific needs. Tony passes this information on to the mem-bers. At the end of the month he collects the contributions of food and cash at the Division Hall and delivers it to the veteran’s office.
In addition, contributions from members go beyond food and money. A large freezer, a stove and a microwave oven were do-nated to assist homeless veterans. The members of the Division have responded to the slogan: “If it’s good for the Vet-Do it”

Note: Tony Scott is the father of a West Point Grad and he and his wife, Jane, were officers in the West Point parent’s Club.

If you would like information on starting a similar program; or contributing to this one; please contact Tony Scott at 631-255-6616 or Vic Vogel at 631-513-9721.

 

Veterans Affairs

From the late 1950s to the 1980s, Marines and their families serving at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to contaminated drinking water. On August 6, 2012 President Obama signed into law the “honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families act of 2012. For veterans who served at Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987 the law provides VA health care for 15 medical conditions including: Bladder Cancer, Breast cancer, Esoph-ageal cancer, Female infertili-ty, Hepatic steatosis, kidney cancer, Leukemia, Lung can-cer, Miscarriage, multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic syndromes, Neurobehavorial effects, Non-Hodgkins Lym-phoma, Renal Toxisity and Scleroderma.

To be eligible for care under this law, the Veteran must have served on active duty at Camp Lejeune for not fewer than 30 days between January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987. Veterans, who are eli-gible, regardless of current enrollment status at the VA, will not be charged a co-payment for health care.

Once regulations are in place, family members will need documentation that the Ser-vice member was stationed at Lejeune for at least 30 days and will have to provide a marriage license or birth cer-tificate and proof of residency at Camp Lejeune for no fewer than 30 days and must have copies of orders and housing base records.

VA will be the final payer for health care related to the ill-nesses listed after payment has been made by your health insurance plan, Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE. It is strongly urged that a Veteran not change current health in-surance because this could put family members at risk. https://clnr.hgi.usmc.mil/clwater/index.aspx

Please keep all our veterans in your prayers. God Bless
America.

Veterans Affairs

By now you should have your Christmas packages on the way to the troops overseas. If you have not, a Christmas card containing a calling card would be an ideal Christmas present. Please keep them and all our veterans in your prayers.

 

Just 19 words

God our Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries; and please watch over and heal my family and please protect our freedoms and watch over our troops who are defending those freedoms.

Amen

Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year,

God Bless America.

Veterans Affairs

I would like to take this opportunity to thank President Jim Burke for appointing me to this Chair. I will try to keep our members up to date on Veterans Affairs.

Continuing from a previous report on Home Depot; as I reported, Home Depot has been very supportive of our GIs and their families. They provide transfers for a GI and his family members to another store near their new assignment. The company recently launched a new website highlighting its commitment to our GIs and their families www.homedepotmilitary.com and has offered a free Military skills Translator tool for some time now. The tool is designed to translate and match an applicant’s military skills to positions that might offer the best career fit.

THE ROSIE NETWORK
If you are a military spouse or veteran entrepreneur the Rosie Network wants to help you. It is a non-profit funded by military spouses and U.S. Veterans, active, retired or reserve. Starting this September, the Rosie Network at www.TheRosieNetwork.Org will launch a free web-based search tool which will enable the public to easily locate products and services provided by military spouses or Veteran-owned companies.
Please remember all our Veterans in your prayers. God Bless America