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 By Ken Cruickshank    Veterans 

Veterans ID Cards

Are you aware that as a veteran you might be eligible for discounts at participating merchants that you might do business with? You have a few options to get a Veterans ID card to... — Updated 8/31/2021

 

Burial Benefits

Are you aware that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers burial benefits? One of these benefits is burial in a National Cemetery. National Cemetery burials include (at no... — Updated 7/8/2021

 

California College Fee Waiver Program

Are you aware of the California College Fee Waiver (CFW) Program, an education benefit available to the spouses and children of U.S. veterans through the California Department of... — Updated 5/1/2021

 

The Beneficiary Travel Benefit

When you travel to get health care, you may be eligible for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Beneficiary Travel (BT) benefit. This benefit is provided to a veteran when... — Updated 3/3/2021

 

Replacing Lost Military Service Records

Are you in need of a copy of your official Military Service Records, which you now realize have been lost or misplaced? Many service members are unaware of the importance of the... — Updated 1/13/2021

 

The Property Tax Postponement Program

In this column, I would like to pass on information that is not limited to just veterans. It is my hope that this information will assist others who might qualify as well. With all... — Updated 11/1/2020

 

The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act

In this column I would like to address a benefit that you might qualify for that is not a Department of Veterans benefit. This is a benefit that is provided through the Department... — Updated 10/11/2020

 

Benefits for Former POWs

Before I get into this column’s topic, I would like to let everyone know that the Veterans Services Office is still closed to the public due to COVID-19. We are unsure when exactl... — Updated 7/24/2020

 

Presumptions for Claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has established presumptions for service connection for veterans who were on Active Duty, Reserves or in the National Guard, and served at... — Updated 5/9/2020

 

CalVet Veterans Homes

In this article, I would like to talk about the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) Veterans Homes. Currently, there are eight homes throughout the state with varying... — Updated 4/18/2020

 

Accrued Benefits

Did you know that veterans’ survivors may continue Accrued Benefits claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)? Accrued benefits are benefits due to a beneficiary on a... — Updated 4/10/2020

 

Beneficiary Travel

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a Beneficiary Travel (BT) benefit. The benefit is provided to a veteran when there is a need to travel to a VA medical facility. VA is... — Updated 2/19/2020

 

The Blue Water Act

Recently, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act (H.R.299) was signed into law. Last year, the House unanimously passed the bill only to have it stall in the Senate Veterans... — Updated 9/2/2019

 

Veterans with ALS

In earlier columns, I discussed disabilities that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may consider as presumptive to where and when a veteran served. However, in this edition I... — Updated 8/11/2019

 

Discharge Upgrades

Former service members might remember hearing: “Just take the General Discharge; it will automatically be upgraded to Honorable in six months.” Most veterans who tried this... — Updated 6/11/2019

 

New Appeals Process

Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) formalized the process to update their appeals process. This process was the result of the Veteran Appeals Improvement and... — Updated 5/28/2019

 
 By Ken Cruickshank    News

When a Claim is Denied

When a claim is denied, it is usually because the veteran is missing one of the elements for any service-connected disability claim. If the VA denies your claim and you feel there... — Updated 10/9/2017

 
 By Ken Cruickshank    News

Vet Centers

Congress established the Vet Center Program in 1979 because a significant number of Vietnam veterans had problems readjusting to civilian life. They are community based, and in... — Updated 10/9/2017

 

Burial Flags

Upon a veteran's death, the Veterans Administration (VA) provides a United States flag honoring the veteran's military service. The flag will drape the casket or accompany the urn... — Updated 7/26/2017

 

Veteran's Corner - Speeding up Your CLAIM

Want to speed up the processing of your claim? The VA has implemented the Fully Developed Claims (FDC) Process, which has significantly decreased the time it takes to process these... — Updated 2/27/2017

 

The Four Types of Claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) identifies four basic types of claims: Original, Reopened, New and Secondary claims. Active duty service members, veterans and survivors of... — Updated 1/1/2017

 

Agent Orange

Between 1962 and 1972, about 20 million gallons of herbicides were utilized in Vietnam. The primary ingredient in these defoliants was dioxin, which is now a known carcinogen.... — Updated 10/27/2016

 

Military Service Records

Do you need a copy of your official Military Service Records? Many service members don’t realize the importance of the documents provided upon separation from service, but as... — Updated 8/28/2016

 

Veteran's Corner

Let's continue our discussion on burial benefits from the last issue. Sometimes a veteran's surviving family members ask us if there is any way to mark the grave of a deceased... — Updated 6/24/2016

 

Veteran's Corner

We've talked about service-connected disabilities and determining eligibility for compensation. The Veterans Administration (VA) evaluates the extent of the disability and... — Updated 5/2/2016

 

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