Sunday, March 30, 2014

FRA: Oppose TRICARE Fee Increases


From our good friends at the Fleet Reserve Association:

TRICARE Program Merger Just a Pretext to Riase Fees, Co-pays and Deductibles

The Administration’s FY 2015 budget request includes:
  • A complex plan to merge TRICARE Prime, Standard and Extra into one program for all retirees under age 65;
  • Raising annual fees for retirees under age 65 and a new co-pay for active duty family members;
  • Dramatically increasing pharmacy co-pays for retirees under age 65; and
  • A new means-tested annual fee for new TIRICARE-for-Life (TFL) beneficiaries.
Shipmates are urged to use the Action Center to ask their legislators to oppose these TRICARE fee increases Today!


Click to visit the Action Center

VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Obama Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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Friday, March 28, 2014

VA Eliminates Annual Income Report


Our thanks to the good folks at the National Association of Uniformed Services for this VA update:

VA Eliminates Annual Income Report
The VA is eliminating the annual requirement for most veterans enrolled in VA's health care system to report income information beginning in March 2014. Instead, VA will automatically match income information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration.

 "Eliminating the requirement for annual income reporting makes our health care benefits easier for veterans to obtain," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. "This change will reduce the burden on Veterans, improve customer service and make it much easier for veterans to keep their health care eligibility up-to-date."

 Some veterans applying for enrollment for the first time are still required to submit income information. There is no change in VA's long-standing policy to provide no-cost care to indigent veterans, veterans with catastrophic medical conditions, veterans with a disability rating of 50 percent or higher, or for conditions that are officially rated as "service-connected."

VA encourages veterans to continue to use the health benefits renewal form to report changes in their personal information, such as address, phone numbers, dependents, next of kin, income and health insurance.

For more information, visit this VA website or call VA toll-free at 1-877-222-VETS (8387).


VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Obama Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

Copyright © 2005-2014: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Tenth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the express permission of the author is unlawful.

Monday, March 10, 2014

VA Digs In Its Heels Over C-123 Exposure

Well, as we expected, the VA has once again dug in their heels on Agent Orange.  Here is a response, if you care to call it that, to the postings on the C-123 Provider Aircraft Post-Vietnam Study of residual contamination with dioxin:

Agent Orange Residue on Post-Vietnam War Airplanes

Some Veterans who were crew members on C-123 Provider aircraft, formerly used to spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, have raised health concerns about exposure to residual amounts of herbicides on the plane surfaces.

Responding to these concerns, VA asked the Institute of Medicine to study possible health effects. Results are expected in late 2014.

If you have health concerns, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
Well, duh!  As we reported two-and-a-half weeks ago, the study is already completed.  [Click here to read New Study Finds VA Wrong on C-123 Herbicide Contamination.]  The VA does NOT need to wait for the Institute of Medicine to compile a review of the study and make a recommendation.  The Secretary knows the reputation of Dr. Jeanne Stellman well enough to know the quality of her work is absolutely the best.  The Secretary has the discretion to make the change NOW and start awarding benefits to those who flew or worked on the C-123 Providers that were used for Operation Ranch Hand herbicide spraying in Vietnam.  Common Sense, honesty and ethics demand that the Secretary IMMEDIATELY put the requisite policy changes to its M-21 Policy manual out for public comment to shorten the administrative delay for granting these Veterans their benefits.  The Secretary could also issue an Executive Order to begin providing those benefits immediately to avoid any administrative [unnecessary] delay.  Those Veterans have waited long enough, thank you!

Honestly , we simply wonder how this Secretary can stand to look himself in the mirror.  Either he is a witless buffoon who has no idea what the anti-war morons in middle and upper level management of the VA are doing on a daily basis, or he is part and parcel to the conspiracy against Vietnam Veterans conducted by those same morons for a half century.  For God's sake, he is a Vietnam Veteran -- how dare he leave fellow Vietnam Veterans behind!!!!

The VA has espoused the words of Abraham Lincoln as its motto:
...to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan...
It is the Secretary's responsibility and ultimately the responsibility of the President to ensure that the VA does just that.  Neither man has fulfilled that responsibility.  

There can be no room for politics or political agendas in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Write your Congressman and Senators today, and complain about how the VA treats Vietnam Veterans!

VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Obama Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

Copyright © 2005-2014: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Tenth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the express permission of the author is unlawful.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

VA to issue new Veterans ID Cards

Our thanks to the weekly newsletter from the good folks at the National Association of Uniformed Services:


New VA ID Cards
The VA has begun a phased rollout of a more secure Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC).

The cards, first introduced in 2004, are getting improved security features and will be personalized to display the emblem of the veteran’s service branch. They will include VA phone numbers, emergency care instructions and the “VA” in Braille to help visually impaired veterans.

The rollout begins this month, starting with newly enrolled veterans and those without the current VIC cards. In early April, the VA will begin a three-month effort to get replacements to current VIC cardholders, who will be asked to cut up or shred their old cards to safeguard their personal information.

“VA is committed to providing high-quality health care while ensuring the personal security of Veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. “These new identification cards are an important step forward in protecting our nation’s heroes from identity theft and other personal crimes.”

The new cards will function like a typical health insurance card. They will include the veteran’s member ID, a new unique identifier, as well as a plan ID, reflecting the veteran’senrollment in VA health care, the statement said. The cards are not required to receive VA health care but are recommended.

For more information, enrolled veterans can visit their VA medical facility enrollment coordinator, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visit this website.


VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Obama Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

Copyright © 2005-2014: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Tenth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the express permission of the author is unlawful.