Monday, July 13, 2015

Good morning everyone! Here is your reminder that TODAY is Meeting day! It all kick's off at 4 PM with the DAVA Meeting and the DAV Meeting is at 7PM! We will be having Dinner sometime between the two meeting's.. Hope to see you all their tonight!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

July 9th Update.

Good morning! I am going to repost some thing's that have been released in the last month are so. This information could be important to you!

Choice Cards Appear Not So Temporary:
Excerpts from an article by Tom Philpott
It is now evident that the Choice Card program will not be a temporary option, as envisioned by Congress.  It may become the single channel the Department of Veteran Affairs used to coordinate all outside health-care appointments.  When the Department of Veteran Affairs dropped the ‘straight line’ method of measuring miles and using driving distance in March, the number of veterans eligible to receive private care doubled.

Agent Orange Registry Health Exam for Veterans:
This comprehensive health exam includes an exposure history, medical history, physical exam, and any tests if needed. A VA health professional will discuss the results face-to-face with the Veteran and in a follow-up letter.
Important points about registry health exams:
Free to eligible Veterans and no co-payment
Not a disability compensation exam or required for other VA benefits
Enrollment in VA’s health care system not necessary
Based on Veterans’ recollection of service, not on their military records
Will not confirm exposure to Agent Orange
Veterans can receive additional registry exams, if new problems develop
Veterans' family members are not eligible for an Agent Orange Registry health exam.
Contact your local VA Environmental Health Coordinator about getting an Agent Orange Registry health exam
These Veterans are eligible for the Agent Orange Registry health exam:

Veterans who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975, regardless of length of time.
Veterans who served aboard smaller river patrol and swift boats that operated on the inland waterways of Vietnam (also known as “Brown Water Veterans”). Check VA's list of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam

U.S. Air Force Veterans who served on Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bases near U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang, near the air base perimeter anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
U.S. Army Veterans who provided perimeter security on RTAF bases in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
U.S. Army Veterans who were stationed on some small Army installations in Thailand anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975. However, the Army Veteran must have been a member of a military police (MP) unit or was assigned a military occupational specialty whose duty placed him or her at or near the base perimeter.

Other potential Agent Orange exposures
Veterans who may have been exposed to herbicides during a military operation or as a result of testing, transporting, or spraying herbicides for military purposes. Learn about herbicide tests and storage outside Vietnam.

VA seeks to offer aid to Air Force reservists exposed to Agent Orange:
Reversing a long-held position, the Department of Veterans Affairs now says Air Force reservists who became ill after being exposed to Agent Orange residue while working on planes after the Vietnam War should be eligible for disability benefits.
The VA said it has been working to finalize a rule that could cover more than 2,000 military personnel who flew or worked on Fairchild C-123 aircraft in the U.S. from 1972 to 1982. Many of the Vietnam-era planes, used by the reservists for medical and cargo transport, had sprayed millions of gallons of herbicide during the 1955-1975 military conflict in Southeast Asia.

If the White House Office of Management and Budget approves the change, it would be the first time the VA had established a special category of Agent Orange exposure for military personnel without “boots on the ground” or inland waterways service in Vietnam. That could open the VA to renewed claims by thousands of other veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange in less direct circumstances, such as on the open sea.