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MIAs IDENTIFIED – The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the identification of the remains of five more MIAs. From WWII, Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Hilding R. Johnson of Sacramento, CA. From Korea, Army Cpl. Robert J. Tucker of Princeton, Ind;  Sgt. 1st Class Charles A. Roy ofHenderson,KY; Pfc . George A. Porter ofPhiladelphia,PA: and Cpl. William R. Sluss ofNickelsville,VA. 

NEW ONLINE ENROLLMENT APPLICATION – The Department of Veterans Affairs partnered with the First Army at Camp Shelby, Miss., to launch a streamlined version of its Online Application for VE Health Benefits (VA Form 1010EZ) for Service Members returning from deployment. The VA will introduce it at demobilization sites nationwide by early spring 2012. The online form allows the application to be completed during a regularly scheduled briefing for all Service Members on VA Benefits. Visit the website http://.www.va.gov/healthbenefits 

AID AND ATTENDANCE RATE INCREASE – The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs approved a rate increase in the Veteran’s Administrations (VA) Aid and Attendance Pension rate. The Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing & the needs of nature. For more info visit http://.www.va.gov/pension 

 VETERANS JUSTICE OUTREACH PROGRAM – The program (VJO), is a VA based initiative focused on partnering with local law enforcement, jails and courts to assist eligible veterans access to the treatment they need. Part of this initiative is to assist the local community in the creation of Veterans Courts whose sole purpose is to ensure that eligible veterans involved in the criminal justice system have access to benefits, services and the treatment they deserve. 

VA RATING SCHEDULE – The House Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on disability and Memorial Services discussed VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD). The Witnesses were questioned on the differences between DOD and VA ratings systems. Ratings they feel are often in direct conflict with each other, causing confusion for the veteran. VSO Reps highlighted the need for a long overdue revue to ensure that disability categories, rating percentages and compensation levels remain accurate. For more information visit http://veterans.house.gov.

 

David Estrovitz/USMC retired/Saint George, Utah

 

 

 

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