The side we don’t want to look at on Veterans Day…
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As a former Marine I’m taking the opportunity to let folk know if an establishment is Veteran friendly or not. If you know of a business this is Veteran friendly or is not let me know and I will add it to my list (currently in review) for distribution.
Veteran Friendly – For example Howard K. Hill Funeral Services provides Veterans Services
Non-Friendly Veteran – The Residences on Bedford does not accept applications from women Veterans that have been homeless.
Since opening their doors in 2002, Homes for the Brave has provided housing, vocational training, and life skills coaching to help individuals leave homelessness behind. To date, they have worked with more than 1,100 men and women, most of whom are Veterans.
Would you consider donating to help FSFH achieve their mission – your donations are key to the success of each homeless Veteran. Female Soldiers:Forgotten Heroes (FS:FH) is a transitional housing program for homeless Veterans and their young children. Some of of the goals of FS:FH are to: Empower homeless female Veterans, help them obtain employment, acquire permanent housing, and give back to their community.
Click here to view the website.
WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense (DOD), through a joint initiative with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has launched a new web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to Veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge.
By answering a few short questions, Veterans will receive information on the specific armed services board to contact, the form/s to fill out, special guidance applicable to their case, where to send their application and helpful tips for appealing their discharge.
“This new tool and partnership with DOD is one of many VA initiatives offered to Veterans who believe they may have been unfairly discharged or received an unfair discharge characterization,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Veterans who believe their discharge was unjust, erroneous or warrants an upgrade are encouraged to use the tool and then apply for review.”
DOD officials also praised the new innovative tool.
“We are thrilled to have partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs in developing this wonderful and easily accessible tool,” said Mr. Robert Wilkie, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. “We support our Veterans, whether they served recently or long ago, and we are excited to introduce a tool that will individualize the guidance for those who desire an upgrade or change in their military discharge.”
The military has estimated that tens of thousands of Veterans with less than honorable discharges are especially likely to have unjust discharges deserving of upgrades. These are Veterans who were discharged due to incidents relating to post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or sexual orientation. Fragmented and confusing information has historically deterred Veterans from obtaining crucial information and — in many cases — necessary benefits.
The discharge upgrade tool is available at here .
Have you ever been so tired you couldn’t pray?
Have you ever been so cold a little heat didn’t help?
Have you ever lost all that you owned?
Has your pride ever got in the way of healing?
Have you ever looked for healing for your emotional pain in a bottle?
Have you ever looked for your physical pain in a wax paper bag?
Did you hide from your family by golfing?
Did you disappear at the dinner table by being on your phone?
Do you have extra work to do every weekend you’re supposed to pick up your children from your ex’s house?
Do you forget to send the child support payment every time she pulls up with her new beau?
We’ve all had a moment where life’s issues became so overwhelming that we took the shortcut route to “a” solution – well there are some folk who found themselves on the streets after they had given all they had after serving their time in the #ArmedForces.
Visit Homes For The Brave and make a small donation by purchasing an item or 2 or 3.
Please feel free to follow the links below for assistance in your disability rating.
The DoD Disability Process – When a service member develops a medical condition that may make him/her Unfit for Duty, he/she begins the DoD Process.
VASRD – The Veteran Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities is a federal regulation that lists detailed requirements for assigning Military Disability Ratings to conditions for Military Disability
Is Your Rating Wrong – If you have carefully reviewed the site and feel that your case was not determined correctly during the DoD Disability Process or the VA Disability Process, or you think you deserve a higher Military Disability Rating, here’s what to do.
Thank you for your service,
Always Faithful USMC – Semper Fi
I am a Former US Marine
Cracker Barrel and Operation Homefront are partnering up in April to offer a wonderful event to our Military and Veteran Families! Cracker Barrel’s Easter Heat ‘n Serve Meals is coming to Concord, NC on April 14th! Families that register to attend the event will receive the following: You must register for this event to participate.
- 1 Spiral Sugar Ham
- 1 32oz Roasted Turkey Gravy
- 1 Tray of Yeast Rolls with Butter Packets
- 1 Pan of Blackberry Cobbler
- 1 Gallon of Sweet Tea
- 1 5lb-Pan of Mashed Potatoes
- 3 Sides – Mac N’ Cheese, Carrots & Green Beans
These meal kits offer enough food to feed 6-10 people a wonderful Easter dinner. Before registering, please keep in mind that you must be able to go to the event location at your designated time on April 14th, in order to pick up your items. No one other than the individuals registered can pick up your items for you. You also must bring valid ID. There will be no alternate date or time offered to pick up your meal kits. If you will be unable to pick up a kit on April 14th, please DO NOT register for the event.
In order to attend and receive a meal kit for your family, you must register at https://events.operationhomefront.org
- Once there, please click on “Military Family Login.”
- If you are a returning user, please enter your login information.
- If not, please click on “Create New Profile” in the top right corner.
- Once you have completed your family profile, you will be able to register for the event.
- Log back into your “Military Family Login” and Click “My Registrations” to see the registration in the “Upcoming Events” section. Click “Register Now!” If the event is available in your area.
Complete the registration form and click Submit
I came across this post regarding Veterans Claims and Certified Mail –
New Claims Mailing Address
|NEW CLAIMS MAILING ADDRESS FOR YOUR V.A. CLAIMS
By: Dr. Anna Pat Krupkin, Ph.D
SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE,
Yes it is true said your National commander Dr. Anna Pat Krupkin, Ph.D who discovered after she had the U.S. Postal Inspectors to investigate just what has happened to veterans supporting claims evidence that was mailed out Certified Mail with signed green card requested, after several months and in some cases now over a year those green cards were in fact kept by V.A. and not signed for as is required pursuant to U.S. Postal laws and regulations. No green cards were being returned as V.A. Regional Offices were keeping the mailings and they repacked all those veterans records and RACKED, PACKED, and STACKED and shipped them off to two separate V.A. locations within the United States depending on where you live.
The U.S. Postal service has one duty to deliver the mail, in the case of Certified Mail they must do one of two things, have the Green Card signed to complete the delivery if the receiver refuses the postal service must return the package to the sender not just surrender the package to the receiver without a signed green card yet in the case of their dealing with the V.A. they did just that.
V.A. has failed to notice all veterans who have pending claims that their evidence must be mailed to the two separate V.A. locations, V.a. has failed to send letters to those veterans and now since your local V.A. Regional Office has unknown to you forward your supporting evidence records to those two separate locations in Newnan, Georgia, or in Janesville, Wisconsin, no wonder veterans are enraged and many have killed themselves because of the claims games V.A. plays on our veterans. Because this clearly is additional form of V.A. abuse you should call and write your local Congress or State U.S. Senators, demand they address this issue or V.A. abuse will continue to get far worse.
We have attached the Correspondence page so you will now know where to send your claims supporting evidence. End.
By: Dr. Anna Pat Krupkin, Ph. D
What are your thoughts??
Appeals at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals
Once the board receives your appeal, it assigns a docket date based on the date VA received your Form 9. This date is important: under the law, the board must work appeals in docket order. Currently, the median, or middle, docket date of appeals the board is working is July 2014. Some newer appeals can be pushed to the front of the line: those from older Veterans and survivors, those who are terminally-ill or those who have documented financial hardship, etc. It’s important to know that if the board remands (returns) your appeal to the regional office to gather more evidence, you won’t lose your place on the board’s docket.
Just like in the regional offices, several Veterans service organizations are located at the board. If you choose not to have a hearing before the board, your representative will write a legal argument on your behalf. The board will consider that argument when it conducts its own de novo review of your claim. If you choose to have a hearing, your representative will help you explain your case at that hearing. VA will transcribe the hearing and put it in your file. The board can do one of three things: grant your appeal, deny your appeal or send (remand) it back to the regional office for more action.
If you disagree with the board’s decision, you may pursue an appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). If the CAVC denies your appeal, you can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. If you lose the appeal there, you can petition the U.S. Supreme Court for review. The Supreme Court grants review in very few appeals. Generally, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court review only legal matters in an appeal, not agency decisions.
Author- Catherine Trombley