Updates for our Members, Family & Friends - March 31, 2020
The VA pandemic response plan projects COVID-19 could last at least 18 months, and include multiple waves of illness. It also estimates that about 20% of patients infected with COVID-19 will need to be hospitalized, including about 5% who will need intensive care unit-level care and 2.3% who will need ventilator support. See: What Will Happen if the VA Runs Out of Space for Patients.
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Joint Message from DAV and DAV Auxiliary
For Recovery Rebates designed to quickly provide up to $1,200 to individuals, $2,400 for couples and $500 for dependent children, we learned that the IRS would use 2018 or 2019 federal tax returns to determine who would receive the payments, as well as what level of payment would be provided.
Because VA disability compensation, DIC and pension are not taxable, many veterans and survivors do not file federal income tax returns. We have been in touch with VA and the White House to ask if and how veterans and survivors who do not file tax returns would be identified and provided these Recovery Rebates.
Subject to high income limits - every veteran and survivor is eligible to receive a payment even if they have not filed a tax return in the past couple of years; however, we have not yet received definitive answers about how the IRS, VA and other federal agencies would work together to ensure every eligible veteran and survivor receives their payments. We are continuing to seek answers to these and other questions and will update you as soon as we receive clear answers.
In the days ahead, we will continue to need your support and participation with DAV CAN to ensure our elected officials understand the challenges facing veterans, their families and survivors. The active engagement of DAV members and supporters has been and will continue to be crucial to our ability to promote better federal policies and legislation for the men and women who served, particularly those injured or made ill by their service.