VA Disability Compensation military retirees and veterans will receive a 0.3% COLA increase for 2017. The average VA compenstation recipient will receive an average of $2.89 monthly increase. This may buy you a loaf of bread. Retirees may get up to a $13.00 on their monthly check. I guess this increase is better than nothing, but the Cost of Living Adjustment may go up to 3% this year, you can see there's no decimal point in front of that 3.
To find out your rate increase, please go to website.
Eligibility for VA Medical
VA health benefits and services, a person who served in the active military service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable is a Veteran.
VA operates an annual enrollment system that helps to manage the provision of health care. VA applies a variety of factors during the application verification process when determining a Veterans’ eligibility for enrollment, but once a Veteran is enrolled, that Veteran remains enrolled in the VA health care system and maintains access to certain VA health benefits.
Certain Veterans may be eligible for more than one enrollment Priority Group. In that case, VA will always place you in the highest Priority Group that you are eligible. This is not
A compressive list just the highlights, if you have any question please talk to a Veteran Service Officer or go to a V.A Medical Facility.
Priority Group 1
- Service connected disabilities of 50% or more
Priority Group 2
- Service connected disabilities of 30% or 40%
Priority Group 3
- Prisoners of War
- Purple Heart
- Medal of Honor
- Service connected disabilities of 10% or 20%
Priority group 4
- Annual income below the VA’s geographically adjusted income limit
- Priority group 6, 7, and 8
Once you are eligible just go to a medical facility near you or a see a Veteran Service Officer in your area and they can direct you to where you need to go to get you medical I.D. card
Do you like to run or even walk? Come support our disabled veterans at one of the DAV 5K events.
TWU Local 514 is sponsoring the following event:
The TWU Veterans Committee met in TUL for the third quarter meeting. While there we all were honored to have the Spartan Sword displayed and we came together as a group to say the Spartan Pledge. To find out what the Spartan Pledge is or to take the pledge visit http://www.spartanweekend.org/ We have completed the May Day Raffle and were able to raise a total of $6,692.54 for Building Homes for Heroes. Thank you to all members who bought tickets to help such an awesome cause. Please continue to reach out to your local elected representatives with issues you have or feel should be addressed.
We are beginning to collect items for the 2016 Operation Free PX. If you have items that you would like to donate, reach out to your local's Veterans Committee Chairperson for additional information.
The Veterans Committee 3rd Quarter Meeting was held by Local 514 in Tulsa, OK this month. We were honored to have the Spartan Sword at the meeting to make the Spartan Pledge. Since the Sword is so new, it did not have a designated shipping container. The Chairman of the committee, Pete Meyer, asked Local 514 member Dale Lantz if one could be made. Without hesitation he jumped on the idea and with approval the mission was set. Vern Smith took the reigns and created a beautiful and permanent shipping container for the Spartan Sword as its journey's continue. Thank you to these men and to Local 514 in helping to ensure the safe travels of the Spartan Sword and what it represents.