UPDATE

Updates for our Members, Family & Friends - September 6, 2020

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S. 2950,The Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Recognition Act of 2019

The Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Act of 2019, a bill based on an original DAV concept, would help veterans cut through red tape in the VA disability claims process by conceding exposure to burn pits for certain locations.

Currently, the VA does not provide a presumption of service connection for diseases related to burn pit exposure. Because there is no current presumptive service connection, veterans must file claims for direct service connection for diseases and illnesses related to burn pit exposure. This requires veterans to provide sufficient evidence of burn pit exposure, the list of toxins emitted from the burn pit and a statement of nexus between the exposure to toxins and their current disability.

This bill would concede exposure to burn pits to any veteran who served in the locations recognized by the
VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. It would also concede exposure to specific toxins, as currently accepted by the VA in their adjudication manual. If the evidence is not sufficient for the VA to grant the claim, the bill requires the VA to request a medical opinion to address the association of the veterans claimed disease to the known toxins.

This would remove obstacles for veterans establishing claims based on burn pits exposure and ensure the VA conducts a medical exam and provides an opinion as to the association of the toxic exposures and the claimed disease. Veterans Burn Pit Exposure Act of 2019 now heads to the Senate for a vote.

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Update on the expansion of caregiver benefits

As previously reported, VA recently published new regulations to expand the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) to pre-9/11 Veterans, beginning with those from World War II, the Korean and Vietnam war eras whose injuries or illnesses occurred on or before May 7, 1975. The second expansion phase will cover veterans whose injuries or illnesses occurred between May 8, 1975 and September 10, 2001. To find the details about Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers click below.

https://www.va.gov/family-memberbenefits/comprehensive-assistance-for-family-caregivers/

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Next Generation Uniformed Services ID Card
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GI Bill education benefits help Service members and eligible Veterans cover the costs of getting an education or pursuing training. If you're interested in GI Bill education benefits, check out the new three-part series to help you navigate the education pathways and find the right program for you!
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Give Your Pension a Boost, VA Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits provide monthly payments added to the amount of a monthly VA pension for qualified Veterans and survivors. You may qualify if you need help with daily activities or if you are housebound.
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Your Guide to VA Appeals, The Appeals Modernization Act helps Veterans who disagree with VA's decision on their compensation claims. View the new Quick Start Guide to learn about the three review lane options: supplemental claim, higher-level review, or direct appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals.
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Dial into VBA Town Halls, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) is hosting live tele-town hall events all month. Call in to hear the latest information about Blue Water Navy, Solid Start, VBAs COVID-19 response, and more. Mark your calendar, Septembers tele-town hall dates are available now!
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Claim Exams Are Available, A VA claim exam may be required to complete your request for VA disability or pension benefits. A VA medical exam provider will contact you for scheduling if you require an in-person claim exam and live in a resumed location. Learn what to expect before going to your exam.
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Change Your Direct Deposit, If you receive disability compensation, pension benefits, or education benefit payments from VA, you can update your direct deposit information in your VA.gov profile. You will need your banks routing number and account number to make the updates
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The Board is bringing hearings to Veterans virtually, If you have a cell phone, computer or tablet with Wi-Fi, you can have a virtual BVA hearing anywhere with a Veterans Law Judge (VLJ)! In fact, nearly 3000 Veterans have already requested virtual tele-hearings.
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MIGHTY HISTORY, The intense rules for US Marines who protected mail from gangsters
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