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 By Ken Cruickshank    Veterans 

The Four Basic Types of Claims

The four basic categories that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uses to identify the types of claims submitted are as follows: Original, Reopened, New and Secondary claims.... — Updated 1/4/2024

 

Caregivers of Veterans Spend More than Other Caregivers

Family and others who provide care for veterans spend on average $11,500 of their personal income on out-of-pocket costs related to caregiving each year - 1.5 times higher than... — Updated 1/3/2024

 

Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans – Specially Adapted Housing Grant

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a benefit called Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans. It is a two-part program that includes the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant a... — Updated 11/11/2023

 

Greatest Generation Mural to be Unveiled on November 11

The World War II Greatest Generation Mural on South Mooney Blvd. in Visalia will be unveiled on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11. The mural has been a landmark in Visalia since... — Updated 11/11/2023

 

Gulf War Presumptive Disability Period Extended

Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made a decision regarding Gulf War Veterans and has extended the presumptive disability period to December 31, 2026, for... — Updated 9/3/2023

 

The Chapter 35 Benefit Program

I want to cover the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) Program, also known as the Chapter 35 benefit program. This program provides education and training... — Updated 7/16/2023

 

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 5/25/2023

 

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation

In this column, we will be discussing a benefit available to a survivor of a veteran. We will talk about Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). DIC is a benefit that is paid... — Updated 3/2/2023

 

The PACT Act (Part 2)

This is the second column covering the PACT Act. To recap, the full name of the law is the Sergeant First Class (SFC) Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive... — Updated 1/3/2023

 

The PACT Act

This column is the first to cover the PACT Act; I will have at least one follow-up column covering another area of the changes. The full name of the law is "The Sergeant First... — Updated 11/7/2022

 

Women Veterans Health Care

In a quick update to our last column, the Veterans Crisis Line has a new number: Dial 988 then Press 1. This option was added effective July 16, however, even after July 16, you... — Updated 9/8/2022

 

Suicide by Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeks to continue efforts to reduce the issue of suicide by veterans. To assist veterans who need someone to talk to, the VA developed the... — Updated 7/24/2022

 

College Fee Waiver

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 Ve... — Updated 5/14/2022

 

SAH Housing Grants

This issue we will look at a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit called the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant. This program provides a grant to servicemembers and... — Updated 3/5/2022

 

Veterans Court

Tulare County has a Veterans Court! Established in 2010, the court serves veterans of Tulare County in the criminal justice system. Several agencies and community partners,... — Updated 1/8/2022

 

Two Important Letters

When the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decides on your claim, they will provide you with two important letters amongst all the paperwork they will send you. The first letter i... — Updated 11/9/2021

 

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

 

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

 

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