UPDATE

Updates for our Members, Family & Friends - October 12, 2020

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Expanded Family Caregiver act now effective as of October 1, 2020
Veteran must have served either Post 9-11 or prior to May 7, 1975
(Covers WWII, Korea and Vietnam periods)


Stipend Payment: Two Levels
Thus, the monthly stipend amount for a Primary Family Caregiver of an eligible Veteran in Dallas, Texas, at this rate (62.5%) of $33,638 will be approximately $1,751.98
The 2020 monthly stipend amount for a Primary Family Caregiver of an eligible Veteran in Dallas, Texas, at this rate (100%) of $33,638 will be approximately $2,803.17

ALL INFO PLUS HOW TO APPLY CLICK HERE

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Complete the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry: All veterans who served in eligible locations should include their information in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pits Registry. Participation in the registry is very important as it will allow VA to track burn pit exposure and draw inferences regarding associated adverse health effects. Exposure to burn pits may be associated with respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Recently, VA stated that veterans with underlying respiratory conditions may be at greater risk for developing complications related to COVID-19. Service members and veterans who have already signed up for the registry should make sure that their contact information, phone number, address, and email are up-to-date.

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Looking for Members

Paul Stevens is looking to get in contact with members
who served any kind of active duty after 911?
OEF- Operation Enduring Freedom, OIF- Operation Iraqi Freedom

Semper Fi, Paul Stevens
2/1 Fox Company 1970-1971
Iraq - 2nd Bn 124th Infantry Regiment of Florida
paulestevens@bellsouth.net

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Special Category of Benefits

A new category of special benefits may soon be in place to protect veterans and the family members affected by the coronavirus.

A recently introduced House Bill would ensure that any veteran who dies from coronavirus in the care of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would have service-connected disabilities noted as the cause of death to protect survivor benefits.

For example, Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange could contract multiple dangerous health complications, including several types of cancer, diabetes, respiratory issues, and a weakened immune system, according to VA. Any of those health problems could put those patients in a much higher risk pool if they are infected with the coronavirus.

But it is not just the Vietnam veterans at risk. Veteran advocates and lawmakers have raised the alarm of the estimated 3.5 million post-9/11 veterans exposed to burn pits overseas.

Veterans contracting cancers, respiratory issues and lung diseases at young ages largely have blamed exposure to toxic fumes for the illnesses. All of those health issues would make someone more susceptible to the worst impacts of coronavirus, including death, according to the World Health Organization.

The Ensuring Survivors Benefits during COVID-19 Act, introduced by Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, would require VA to account for service-related disabilities that might have exacerbated the virus and contributed to the death of a veteran.

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FROM VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
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4 ways VA is improving access to care in 2020
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Post 9-11 Veterans can find new team with fire corps
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Experience the iEX Exhibit Hall Like Never Before
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Disability Claims for PTSD
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VET TEC vs. GI Bill
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Veteran Memorial Benefits
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VA Fiduciary Program
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Take a preventive approach to health care at VA
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Study: Fecal transplant therapy may reduce alcohol misuse
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Study effects of smoking on therapeutic stem cells

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