Veterans Affairs – June 2013

The following are articles that may be of interest to our vet-erans who are applying for benefits or are looking for employment.

What You Should Know When Applying For VA Pen-sion Benefits

Pension is a need-based bene-fit paid to a wartime veteran and his/her survivor(s). A veteran may generally be eli-gible if he/she: Was dis-charged from service other than dishonorable conditions AND served 90 days or more of active military duty with at least one day during a period of war, AND his/her count-able income is below the maximum annual pension rate, AND meets the net worth limitations, AND is age 65 or older, OR is shown by evi-dence to have permanent and total non-service-connected disability, OR is a patient in a nursing home, OR is receiving Social Security disability benefits.

Home Depot

The Home Depot is commit-ted to supporting our nation’s military and has plenty of re-sources available to help them find their fit. The company recently launched its “Military Skills Translator Tool”, which is designed to help translate and match an applicant’s military skills to positions that might offer the best career fit.

The Home Depot offers three main forms of military sup-port: job portability and transfer opportunities; continuation of benefits; supplemental pay.

The job portability benefit is really helpful for active duty service members and spouses who are reassigned or trans-ferred. You can apply at www.careers.homedepot.com.

SCAM ALERT
An organization called Veter-ans Affairs Services is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with the VA in any way.

Please remember all our vet-erans in your prayers, espe-cially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Try and visit a military cemetery and help decorate the graves of our heroes.

Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that veterans who submit to a short sale or a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure can receive $1,500 in relocation assistance.  The agency has instructed mortgage servicers to provide the funds to help borrowers cover moving costs or other expenses incurred during the tumultuous process.  Borrowers can use the money to cover moving expenses or to simply pay for lodging while they deal with the pending loss of their home.

New Legislation would allow Veterans to use G.I. Bill funds for Franchise Training Programs.  The bill is H.R. 3351.  It would work in conjunction with S.1540/H.R.2888 and provide funds to help veterans get funding for ownership of a franchise.  The bills still have to make their way through the Congress, but they will go a long way in helping returning veterans open up their own businesses.  The tax credits would offset start-up costs equal to 25% of franchise fees, up to $100,000.

Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011 increases the rates of VA disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children by 3.6%.  This matches the COLA increase military retirees and Social Security recipients will receive.

FYI:  For those on active duty and either wounded or injured in the line of duty and because of your condition, are no longer able to perform your assigned duties and now have other duties not prescribed by your MOS, you are entitled to receive Social Security Disability in addition to your pay.  Social Security Disability is retroactive to your date of injury.  You will need all your military health records that reflect the wound or injury along with a letter of documentation from your doctor.   The application is on line at: www.socialsecurity.gov/ to apply for disability or call 1-800-772-1213.

If you know anyone transitioning from the military to civilian life there is a useful website at Adecco.  It is managed by former military and can assist with career services, employer services, and associated needs. They are at www.adeccousa.com.  In addition, the Small Business Administration provides services to Veterans who are looking to open their own businesses.  They provide counseling and training services. You can reach the New York State Program Coordinator, John Narciso, at www.nyvetbiz.com

Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and an enjoyable parade season. God Bless our troops and God Bless America.

Veterans Affairs – December 2011

Hopefully those of you who have planned to send packages and cards to our GIs overseas already have them in the mail. There is nothing like receiving a package from home. If you do not know anyone overseas I suggest that you make a Christmas contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project. You can mail a check to Wounded Warrior Project, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Ks 66675-8516. You can also make a do-nation to Fisher House at Strat-ton VA Medical Center, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12208.

Within the next few weeks many of our G.I.’s will be re-turning home from overseas. This will surely be a Merry Christmas for them and their families.

FYI: For those on active duty and either wounded or injured in the line of duty and because of your condition, are no longer able to perform your assigned duties and now have other du-ties not prescribed by your MOS, you are entitled to re-ceive Social Security Disability in addition your pay. Social Security Disability is retroactive to your date of injury. You will need all your military health records that reflect the wound or injury along with a letter of documentation from your doc-tor. The application is on line at:www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfor disability or call 1-800-772-1213.

If you know anyone transition-ing from the military to civilian life there is a useful website at Adecco. It is managed by for-mer military and can assist with career services, employer ser-vices, and associated needs. They are at www.adeccousa.com. In addi-tion, the Small Business Ad-ministration provides services to Veterans who are looking to open their own businesses. They provide counseling and training services. You can reach the New York State Program Coordinator, John Narciso, at www.NYVETBIZ.COM. They are located at Farmingdale State College, 2350 Broadhollow Rd., Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735 or at 631 370-8891.

Have a very happy and Holy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

God Bless our troops and God Bless America.