Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Veterans Benefits Newsletter | May 2020




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May 2020

Veterans Benefits Newsletter

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Join Our Live Tele-Townhalls

Throughout May, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) will be hosting live tele-townhall events. Veterans and beneficiaries can call in to hear the latest information about VBA's COVID-19 response, Solid Start, Blue Water Navy, and more. Mark your calendar because the upcoming tele-townhall dates are now available!

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Learn the Latest From VBA

Stay up to date on all things benefits by checking out the new webcast from the Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. Learn how VBA has been working to improve benefit services for Veterans and their families.

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TED Can Help Your Transition

Transitioning from military to civilian life can be overwhelming. That's why VA's Office of Transition and Economic Development (TED) is here to help you navigate benefit services and get the support you need. Find out how TED can support you!

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Stimulus Checks for Veterans

Our communities may be impacted by COVID-19, but VA has teamed up with the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure Veterans and their beneficiaries receive economic impact payments. Track the status of payments online.

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Let's Be Friends on Facebook

Join VBA on Facebook and be one of the first to hear about benefit updates, VBA job openings, local events, and stories about fellow Veterans. Stay connected and up to date by following VBA today!

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Explore a Career With VBA

Are you or someone you know looking for a new career path? VBA offers many professional opportunities to both Veterans and civilians with competitive salaries, retirement plans, and paid leave. Apply online today. 
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MOAA Ramps up in Response to COVID-19

Our national offices may be closed, but the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) isn't. Our team members have been fully operational from their homes since March, continuing our commitment to "Never Stop Serving." We're maintaining our robust advocacy efforts by communicating with lawmakers in a virtual environment, and we've stepped up our online career and financial offerings. We've added webinars open to all members of the uniformed services community — including spouses — who are seeking employment, a better understanding of their benefits, or assistance navigating uncharted financial waters amid health concerns. Now, our COVID-19 Relief Fund has momentum to further help military families in a time of their greatest need. Join the hundreds already taking advantage of these resources and help watch out for your friends and family.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Veterans Memorial Run

Please plan on joining us for an informative and interesting day ride as we visit several cemeteries. You will learn about the service and sacrifice made by several local defenders.

I plan to have about 100 small American flags (4"x6") to leave behind along our way. Feel free to bring more if you have some to leave behind. We will do our best to ensure that veteran grave sites are properly decorated for Memorial Day.
So, we will meet at the Riverview Veterans Memorial Library parking located at 14300 Sibley Rd, Riverview.

Be sure to have a full tank of gas.


Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 9 AM – 5 PM
Meeingt at: 9 am
KSU: 9:15 am

Please click the event photo for a general idea of where the ride will takes us. We will end the ride at Holy Cross Cemetery and split into smaller groups from there as we head for the stables (home).

We will have a few scheduled restroom stops along the way but make sure you pack some snacks, water, soda, cigars, etc.
Anyone interested in following behind by car are welcome to do so.
Note: In the event of bad weather, Monday, Memorial Day will be our make up date.




Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Riders June Meeting

Being optimistic, lets all plan to meet at VFW Post 3941 Doors open at 6pm.

Located at: 31611 Plymouth Rd, Livonia

This will be our Annual Inspection Meeting. Please bring membership card, proof of insurance, bike registration, and drivers license. Thank you and looking forward to seeing everyone!


Regards,
Gary Gamble

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Riders meeting canceled

With the extension of the Executive Order today, VFW Posts will remain closed next week.
With that being said, our Friday May 1 VFW Rider Meeting is cancelled.
Our next scheduled meeting will be on Saturday, May 30 after the Island Fest Parade on Grosse Ile.
At the present time, the parade is likely cancelled or will be. So, if parade is cancelled our next meeting is subject to change.

Gary Gamble

Sunday, April 19, 2020

IR-2020-75: Veterans Affairs recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments; Step follows work between Treasury, IRS, VA



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Issue Number:    IR-2020-75

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Veterans Affairs recipients will receive automatic Economic Impact Payments; Step follows work between Treasury, IRS, VA
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service, working in partnership with the Treasury Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced today that recipients of VA benefits will automatically receive automatic Economic Impact Payments.
Veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA will receive a $1,200 Economic Impact Payment with no further action needed on their part. Timing on the payments is still being determined.
Moving VA recipients into the automatic payment category follows weeks of extensive cooperative work between VA, Treasury, IRS as well as the Bureau of Fiscal Services.
"Since many VA recipients typically aren't required to file tax returns, the IRS had to work with these other government agencies to determine a way to quickly and accurately deliver Economic Impact Payments to this group," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "Additional programming work remains, but this step simplifies the process for VA recipients to quickly and easily receive these $1,200 payments automatically. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices and service to our country by each and every veteran and their families, as well as the assistance of VA and the Bureau of Fiscal Services in this effort."
No action needed by most taxpayers
Earlier this month, the IRS took a similar action to ensure those receiving Social Security retirement or disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement benefits can receive automatic payments of $1,200. While these groups receive Forms 1099, many in this group don't typically file tax returns. Many people in these groups are expected to see the automatic $1,200 payments later this month, with SSI payments expected to start in early May.
For eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2018, they will also receive the payments automatically. About 80 million payments are hitting bank accounts this week.
For benefit recipients with dependents, extra step needed to claim $500 for children; Register now for earlier delivery
The law provides eligible taxpayers with qualifying children under age 17 to receive an extra $500. For taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019, the child payments will be automatic.
However, many benefit recipients typically aren't required to file tax returns. If they have children who qualify, an extra step is needed to add $500 per child onto their automatic payment of $1,200 if they didn't file a tax return in 2018 or 2019.
For those who receive these benefits – including VA, Social Security retirement or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits or SSI – and have a qualifying child, they can quickly register by visiting "Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info" available only on IRS.gov. For those who can use this tool as soon as possible, they may be able to get earlier delivery of the child payments by having these added to their automatic payments.
By quickly taking steps to enter information on the IRS website about them and their qualifying children, they can receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to their $1,200 individual payment. If beneficiaries in these group do not provide their information to the IRS soon, they will receive their $500 per qualifying child at a later date, depending on when they complete the registration process.
The Treasury Department, not the VA, will make these automatic payments.  Recipients will generally receive the automatic payments the way they receive their current benefits.
For more information related to veterans and their beneficiaries who receive Compensation and Pension (C&P) benefit payments from VA, please visit VA.gov.
Information for recipients using the IRS.gov Non-Filer and Get My Payment tools
We recognize that many non-tax filing beneficiaries have already begun using the "Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info" tool to provide basic personal information to receive their EIP. There will be no interruption to payments being processed using this portal, and Veterans with internet access are encouraged to continue providing information and track their EIP through the "Get My Payment" tool.
General information about the Economic Impact Payments is available on a special section of IRS.gov: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center
Watch out for scams related to Economic Impact Payments
The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. To use the new app or get information, taxpayers should visit IRS.gov. People should watch out for scams using email, phone calls or texts related to the payments. Be careful and cautious: The IRS will not send unsolicited electronic communications asking people to open attachments, visit a website or share personal or financial information. Remember, go directly and solely to IRS.gov for official information.
More information
The IRS has posted frequently asked questions on IRS.gov/coronavirus and will provide more updates as soon as they are available.


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Thursday, April 9, 2020

VFW Action Corps Weekly, April 9, 2020



April 9, 2020 In This Issue: 1. COVID-19-Related Extensions for Claims Deadlines2. VA to Rescind Decades-Long Claims Review Policy3. Beware of COVID-19 Testing Scams Targeting TRICARE Beneficiaries4.

April 9, 2020

In This Issue:

1. COVID-19-Related Extensions for Claims Deadlines
2. VA to Rescind Decades-Long Claims Review Policy
3. Beware of COVID-19 Testing Scams Targeting TRICARE Beneficiaries
4. Senators Seek Funding for Veterans Using FMP
5. VA Caregiver Tip Sheet During Pandemic
6. VFW Posts #StillServing During COVID-19 Pandemic
7. Navigating Child Care Changes During COVID-19
8. DOD Financial Readiness During COVID-19 Pandemic
9. MIA Update
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Sunday, March 29, 2020

VFW Action Corps Weekly, March 27, 2020



March 27, 2020In This Issue:1. VA Making Adjustments to MISSION Act During COVID-19 Pandemic2. Senate Passes Legislation to Expand Access to Tele-Hearings3. Share Your Story4. National Vietnam War Vet

March 27, 2020

In This Issue:


1. VA Making Adjustments to MISSION Act During COVID-19 Pandemic
2. Senate Passes Legislation to Expand Access to Tele-Hearings
3. Share Your Story
4. National Vietnam War Veterans Day to Be Honored Virtually
5. Retired VA Health Care Workers Are Called to Serve
6. U.S. Army Gauging Interest of Retired Personnel to Assist with COVID-19 Response
7. U.S. Navy to Allow Enlistment Extensions and Veteran Re-Entry Due to COVID-19
8. VA Suspends Committal Services
9. Intimate Partner Violence Cases Rise with COVID-19 Pandemic
10. Red Cross Urges Healthy Individuals to Give Blood Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
11. Navy, Marine Corps Leaders Brief on COVID-19 Response
12. DOD Modeling for COVID-19 Helps with Response Planning
13. Thousands of Guardsmen Called Up for COVID-19 Response
14. Switch to TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery During COVID-19 Outbreak
15. MIA Update

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

April 3, 2020 Riders Meeting Cancelation

Attention Riders! Just to let you all know and make it official. We are cancelling the April 3 VFW Riders Meeting that was set to be VFW Post 3941.

Although, if weather permits, there just could be a planned ride before our May 1 Rider meeting. Stay healthy and in good spirits. I refuse to let this virus take away my riding season! Who's with me?


Gary Gamble
District 4 Riders President


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Your March VFW Dispatch



March 2020

Last week, your fellow VFW members took your voice to Capitol Hill during the 2020 VFW Legislative Conference.
National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz testified before the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees, demanding accountability for failure to grant benefits to Vietnam and Post-9/11 veterans suffering from toxic exposures. Schmitz also addressed the VFW's top priorities for 2020 which include: VA appeals modernization, women veterans care and privacy, and the continued implementation of the VA MISSION Act.
Be sure to watch the full testimony, and join in on the #VFWDC2020 conversation on social media.
Respectfully,
Your VFW Membership Team

VFW: Hold VA Accountable

During his testimony before the House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, VFW National Commander William "Doc" Schmitz addressed several of the VFW's top legislative priorities for 2020. See what he said

VFW Names $30,000 VOD Winner

The VFW proudly presented more than $200,000 in scholarships and awards as it named the national winners of its 2020 Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen youth scholarship competitions. See who took home the top $30,000 prize

Legislative Conference Recap

If you couldn't join us as we stormed Capitol Hill during last week's Legislative Conference, we have you covered. From the crowning of the VOD winner, to the Chief's testimony before the House and Senate, get the full recap and watch on demand here

NVS Helps Veteran Hear Again

A proud father of four, Navy veteran Guy Wassather was struggling to communicate with his children and wife, especially in loud settings. At a loss for what to do, a friend referred him to the VFW's NVS program.

VA MISSION Act Update

As a follow-up to its 2019 report, the Independent Budget recently released a critical issue update which evaluates progress on 26 key recommendations previously made to help ensure the VA MISSION Act will be wholly and effectively implemented
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