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.


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 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
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.

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 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.

Honors for Troy Division Member Jim Madden at Veteran’s Day Dinner

Veteran of WWII and Hibernian for over 50 Years Honored by Local & State Boards

Jim Madden (center) with Division #8 President Peter Durkee and AOH New York State President Timothy McSweeney

Jim Madden (center) with Division #8 President Peter Durkee and AOH New York State President Timothy McSweeney

A Veterans Day Dinner held by the AOH James Connelly Division #8 in Troy, New York.  At the dinner, the AOH honored long time Division #8 member Jim Madden.  Jim served with the U.S. army in the Pacific theater during WWII and retired from the New York National Guard with the rank of captain.

Jim has been a member of The Ancient Order of Hibernians in Troy for over 50 years and served as a Division Officer in numerous capacities.

Presentations were made by Divsion 8 President Peter Durkee, AOH New York State President Tim McSweeney and Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino.

Congratulations JIM!

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.


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

AOH New York County Board-Veteran’s Initiative

The AOH New York County Board will be hosting an informal meeting and BBQ at The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 7:00pm. The AOH will be meeting with The Knights of Columbus for an informal meet and greet and discussion to explore avenues of cooperation between the two organizations to support one another involving Veteran’s Affairs. The meeting will also be attended by Jessica Byran of The “Step Into Their Boots” program. Emily Toro, a Gold Star Mother, will also be present at the meeting. Together, ideas, programs and avenues of cooperation will be explored in order to sponsor create events in support of American Veterans. The cost of the event will be $20.00 per person to cover costs. For more information, Contact James Hamilton at

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 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.

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

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

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.

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Veterans Aid and Attendance Improved Pension is being offered by the VA. This pension allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require regular attendance of another person to assist with eating, bathing, dressing and toileting to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental incapacity. This is a pension benefit and is not dependent upon service related injuries for compensation. A&A can help pay for care in the home, nursing home or assisted living facilities.

Eligibility: Any veteran who served 90 days or more on active duty, with at least one day in war time, and who has an Honorable Discharge. Widows and widowers of veterans are also eligible.

Please remember our troops who are overseas this Christmas and keep all our Veterans in your prayers.