TWU Veterans Committee met in New York

The TWU Veterans Committee met in New York July 18th-July 20th 2017. As part of our meeting we gathered to volunteer with the Long Island Beach Waterfront Warriors. We love helping our fellow veterans and are honored the group allowed us to help with such a wonderful event.

Veterans Compensation Benefits Rates 2017

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

 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.

Priority Group

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

The Spartan Pledge

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  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. 

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