Veteran’s Affairs – December 2018

John Ryan, VSO

Veterans’ Diseases Associated With Agent Orange

VA has recognized that certain diseases can be related to Veterans’ qualifying military service; they call these “presumptive diseases.”

If you have not taken the time to have the Agent Orange test, there is no time like the present.  As our Veterans get older, these things begin to show up.  Better to have early intervention, or no need for intervention, than to have problems later when they are more difficult to overcome.

VA has recognized certain Cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these diseases. They are:

Al Amyloidosis, Chronic B Cell Leukemias, Chloracne, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin’s Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Parkinson’s Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset, Prophyria Cutanea Tarda, Prostate Cancer, Respiratory Cancers And Soft Tissue Sarcomas.

Contact

Health Care 877-222-8387
Benefits 800-827-1000
TDD (hearing impaired) 800-829-4833

Do not let this opportunity pass you by.

Please keep all our Veterans and their families in your prayers. God Bless America.  Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

Veteran’s Affairs – March 2018

Veterans Affairs
John Ryan, VSO

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 call 1-877-222-8387.

Veteran’s Affairs – December 2017

Veterans Affairs
Jack Ryan, VSO

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

A short prayer
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.

Veteran’s Affairs – September 2017

Veterans Affairs
Jack Ryan, VSO

DoD Opens Exchange Shopping to Veterans

This policy change will extend limited online military exchange shopping to all honorably discharged veterans.

In order to apply you must register on line at AAFES.com. There is a form in the home page. There is an exception.  You may not order uniforms, alcohol or tobacco products The program begins on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017.

Please keep all our Veterans and their families in your prayers, God Bless America.

Veterans Affairs – June 2017

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.

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.